Free speech

Cancel culture is a straitjacket on the free expression of ideas, and democracy cannot hope to function when antagonists are muzzled

In adopting “social justice” ideology, Oxford’s Medical School risks taking a dangerous turn away from science and reason

If Gab’s ideal of freedom is defined by Christian Reconstructionists and fascist philosophers, then free speech will be the means, rather than the end, of the reconstruction of social media

Insult for its own sake is childish and banal, but the ability to strongly criticise any creed is absolutely vital in a healthy democracy

The removal of Parler from app stores has made it clear that online opinions exist at the sufferance of those providing the soap box

There is no reason why broadcasters should not be like newspapers: free to say what they like, within the law

Is it actually the function of our cultural institutions to reflect society as divided into arbitrary interest groups; and, even so, is it any business of the state, acting through Ofcom?

History is clear: excepting blasphemy from freedom of expression causes far more and far greater suffering than it prevents

The former Queen of the Groucho Club, for all her contradictions, is a rare voice of courage in an increasingly conformist world

Nicholas Shackel, a Professor of Philosophy at University of Cardiff, explains how to turn the prisoner’s dilemma into the free speaker’s game