'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Date Written: 2009-01-01
Publisher: Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
Year Published: 2009
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8165
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on freedom of expression: they are for it - in principle - but only so long as it isn't used to express views that they find unacceptable or offensive. What they disagree about is merely who gets to decide what ideas are unacceptable, i.e. who gets to censor who.