The regeneration of the Nazi has been lead by the proliferation of their salute. Whether in jest, or not, the dangers are obvious.
With the rise of extremism on both sides, campuses are presented with a unique challenge: How free should freedom of speech be?
Censorship, if left unchecked, can lead to brutality. This is the lesson I learned from those who endured the worst of us.
The land of internet discourse is beset by mob mentality. Anyone who is seen to offend is subject to a witch-hunt. Discourse is dead, and we killed it.
Be wary of the trumpeted fears of ‘foreign interference’, as they may be used to control those of our own backyard, not those from over the fence.
While moments of social change won through social media might seem worthwhile, what it enables is something else entirely.
With Alex Jones run out of town and Blair Cottrell kicked off Sky News, it seems a golden week. However, just as it went with 18C, no meaningful battle has been won.
Geoffrey Robertson QC has defended Salman Rushdie, he’s represented Julian Assange, and now he’s pushing for an Australian Bill of Rights.
In a bill that was rushed through last week, the Turnbull government has clamped down on freedom of expression under the guise of national security.
Despite the inflammatory times we live in, I don’t do outrage. It’s pointless. That being said, if I see something outrageous, I will call it out.
With the Ecuadorian President threatening to revoke Julian Assange’s political asylum if he continues to be Julian Assange, the future is desperately bleak.
Tommy Robinson, an avatar for the centre-right sits in jail. The furore surrounding his incarceration has a significant political tone. This is dangerous.
The recent ban of Alex Jones on Youtube highlights the start of a worrying trend. Social media is the next great bastion of controlled rhetoric.
There seems to be a general misunderstanding about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit. It has nothing to do with free speech.
With the marriage equality debate heating up on both sides, comedian Hannah Gadsby highlighted a pertinent issue: It’s no longer a debate.
The recent story of a photographer being sued by a monkey is nothing new, in fact, we have an embarrassing history of inter-species squabbles fought in the court of law. Real cases. Real stupid people.
The attack on Andrew Bolt highlights the nature of discourse in this country, and no amount of sparkle can distract from it.
To think 18C’s defeat puts an end to the Libs’ totalitarian crusade is erroneous, as more laws exist which greater impede freedom to public discourse.
Fake news, whether we like it or not, is a reality. However, as a problem that is only going to grow larger, should we move to ban it? Or is that in itself, a silencing of free speech?
The passing of Bill Leak was met with extreme irony over on Twitter, as the memory of the man who espoused free speech was defended by those who didn’t want to hear the ‘truth’.
Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is back in the spotlight, stoking a fire over free speech that flames even Left and Right default convention.
Fuss over freedom of speech is leading to a discussion we need to have, with the RDA’s 18C again making headlines of late. But where to stand when both sides of the debate seem equally weighted?