Nesrine Malik is a journalist for The Guardian who has recently written a book called We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent (UK). She was interviewed on BBC 5Live radio yesterday and it was a fascinating listen, covering a whole load of topics from the mythology of there being a free speech problem to nut-picking, from finding decent data on it to noplatforming.
Free speech is notoriously problematic, as an absolute concept. At best, it’s extremely fuzzy; at the other end of the spectrum (if you are a nominalist, like me), it doesn’t exist except where somehow codified into law.Here are a few discussions on the topic I have had:
- ATP Interviews Alan Duval on Freedom of Speech
- Christianity Is Fundamentally Opposed to Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Speech and Offence: The ACA and Rationality Rules
This is a must-listen.