free speech

Chelsea Manning is a convicted criminal and so some say the government should not allow her entry to New Zealand. But on what grounds should any government be allowed to police speech? How do we draw the line? 

So there's a fair bit of contention over whether Chelsea Manning should be admitted to these fair islands for the purposes of giving a speech. The answer to all this controversey is, of course, clear: Manning should be allowed in.

Manning should be allowed in. If New Zealanders wish to hear what the disgraced former soldier wishes to say, then they are entitled to hear it.

Amidst the free speech debate of recent weeks, there seemed to be some interesting flip-flops by those critical of Molyneux and Southern, but defensive of Brash. So what gives?

 

While most normal people remained blissfully unaware, the free-speech wars have raged across the New Zealand internet like wildfire. 

Let's not remember the visit of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux for the division and insults. That way, they win. Let's instead remember what we have in common and keep talking

This past weekend my Twitter feed was filled with fear. And some of the anger that stems from it. Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern - thanks for coming. I got bombarded with insults from a handful of people convinced that the pair are right to insist their culture is superior and - contradictorily - in jeopardy from others.

Debating the rights and wrongs of rights starts with the acknowledgement there is no right and wrong... so where do you draw the line?

I argued in my previous post that a free speech debate played into the hands of the numpties - Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux - who wanted to come to New Zealand to make their case for racial superiority and prejudice. I said it was better to defeat them than ban or martyr them, but I also can't resist dipping my toe in the free speech ripples. 

The national debate over free speech is in many ways a sucker punch  - "Squirrel!" - that has drawn our view away from the equally important job of winning the argument against the racist and ignorant views being expressed by the alt-right commentators

Now I'm up for a free speech stoush as much as the next person, however I can't help but see the debate that has arisen in the past week about the now-abandoned show in New Zealand by a pair of far-right activists as a missed opportunity.