Trying to persuade someone first requires believing they are open to being persuaded. Full interview with Prof. Turner here.
Real tolerance means accepting free speech even for people whose opinions are 100% wrong. Full interview with Dave Rubin and philosopher Brandon Turner here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFrLpk5OXfU
The First Amendment is first, not simply because it falls at the beginning of a list of amendments, but because it articulates the first freedom and the nature of that freedom. It guarantees the freedom essential to humans as rational beings. By connecting the freedom of religion with the freedom of speech, the First Amendment […]
As recently reported in the New York Times, a recent Knight Foundation survey of nearly 12,000 high school students has found that such students’ support for the First Amendment’s free speech protections is “stronger today than it has been in the last 12 years.” As far as it goes, this is good news given the […]
The disadvantaged are more likely to benefit from a free, open, and peaceful exchange of ideas than to be harmed by it.
“Political Martian” Dan Carlin says Americans need to educate ourselves better about the meaning of liberty. Watch the full interview here.
Capitalism insists on results, and is relatively unconcerned with our subjective emotional evaluations of the world.
Flemming Rose shares his vision of an inclusive society with free speech and religious satire for all. This is why he published the “Danish Mohammed Cartoons.” Watch the full interview
Upon seeing a copy of the (now classic) fighting game Mortal Kombat, Senator Joe Lieberman announced his intention to introduce legislation that would prohibit the sale of such games to minors.
Do Islamic extremists pose a real threat to free speech? Danish journalist Flemming Rose published 3 cartoons of Mohammed to find out. Watch the full interview
Dutch journalist and free-speech advocate Flemming Rose says he’s never seen anyone change their bad ideas because they were criminalized. Watch the full interview
Free expression is so important that we must tolerate even the expression of opposition to free expression.
I want to come out in favor of safe spaces. Not everywhere, or for all purposes, but in general I think there should be a strong presumption in favor of limited and exclusive safe spaces for any group that wants to establish one. Of course, the group would need to have the ability and legal […]
The American founding generation had this crazy idea that ideas mattered more than who espoused them.
Should alt-right leader Richard Spencer have the right to speak without getting punched? Danish journalist Flemming Rose says toleration demands it. Read Flemming Rose’s op-ed (with Joseph Mchangama) on fake news and free speech
People won’t thank you for “beating them,” but there are gentler and more effective ways to change minds.
What can you do to change minds and change the world? Prof. Fabio Rojas has 2 simple steps for you to make a difference. Watch the full interview
Do violent protests on college campuses actually lead to change? What about peaceful protests? Dr. Fabio Rojas says that HOW you protest is crucial.
So you want to fight prejudice and change people’s minds? Step 1: Don’t insult them. Step 2: Have a real conversation.
To understand riots one must understand the causes of social rage, usually said to be racism, poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and why people who experience this rage manage it in such a destructive manner.
The Founders understood the incentive faced by Congress and the president to exceed the constitutional limits on their power.
Encryption was at the heart of the ideas that led to the America’s founding.
A year ago, lecturer Erika Christakis wrote an email criticizing Yale’s attempt to control students’ Halloween costumes. Christakis suggested that students, as adults, are capable of policing themselves, that the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable costumes is contestable, and that Halloween is holiday meant to allow people to indulge in certain transgressions. Students harassed her […]
“Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority” – Justice Paul Stevens When we think of anonymity on the internet, we often think of the negatives. Trolls say horrible things because they can hide behind a screen, but you might not know that anonymity is also a quintessential part of our functioning democracy.