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

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

On the rights of children and parental freedom

A week ago I wrote an article about what steps should be taken regarding the man seen parading the flag of IS around our nation’s capital. I argued that he should be free to express himself in any way that does not include violence or an incitement to the same. Whilst the IS flag comes close to the former, it does not qualify as an incitement in and of itself. For this reason, he should be placed under close surveillance by the security services, but allowed to continue in in his morally repugnant ways should he so desire. A position I took that came in for some criticism amongst my friends at the FSS, was that the child should be taken from the man and placed in the custody of the state. The reason for my stance stems solely from a consideration for the welfare of the child, and not some form of reflexive punishment for the man in question.

On the rights of children and parental freedom

Should voluntary gender segregation be allowed?

  As it is common at the societies weekly meetings, a good natured argument raged recently on whether voluntary gender segregation is good or not. As we could not find any agreement, below the opening statements from the two sides of the argument. Naturally, the Free Speech and Secular Society has no official stance and …

Should voluntary gender segregation be allowed?