A cool look at heated discussion

Anyone who has been in a heated argument knows that people seldom change their minds. Indeed, politics sometimes seems to be reduced to appeals to our baser emotions of either nurturing or fearing. While emotions are essential motivators to start thinking about a topic, I will try to make the case that when evaluating proposition we should aim for cold rationality, the live-long-and-prosper kind. As a die-hard liberal I will propose classical liberalism as a framework for rational evaluation.

A cool look at heated discussion

We must be honest with ourselves

No peaceful Muslim should feel the need to apologise or be obliged to say ‘not in my name’. They didn’t massacre those people, and they had nothing to do with the man that did. Nor do the majority condone the ideology that channelled his hatred of homosexulals into massacring fifty members of the Orlando LGBT community.

We must be honest with ourselves

Hate Speech: Why Definitions are Important

Whether or not hate speech should be included within the ambit of protection offered by the right to free expression is perhaps one of the most contentious issues within the free speech debate. What is often lacking from this debate, however, is a workable definition of what hate speech is. Indeed hate speech means many different things to different societies and attempts to criminalise it are vastly different as a result.

Hate Speech: Why Definitions are Important

“World Hijab Day” – Siding with the Wrong Victims

For many Europeans, the hijab is the visual representation of a vehemently detested societal change. One that was enforced by officials that they did not elect, and championed by the kind of person whose pampered existence will never be troubled by the negative consequences of mass immigration or state sponsored multiculturalism. Unfortunately, this widespread sentiment has seen the hijab become a repository for some of the frustrations of Europe´s disenfranchised traditional working class.

“World Hijab Day” – Siding with the Wrong Victims

For the equal representation of all

The motion to create a faith committee is vague, breaks with secular principles and threatens to disenfranchise minorities within faiths The following motion is before the senate this Thursday: Title: To set up a Faith Committee in the Students Union decision-making body, Senate. To work with the faith societies to investigate the appropriate ways in …

For the equal representation of all