Free Speech

The Iconoclasm and Profanity of Roger Scruton’s Sacking

By |2019-05-03T10:08:53-05:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, England, Free Speech, Paul Krause, Roger Scruton|

The impetuous call to sack Roger Scruton shows those who clamored for the blade of the guillotine to fall on his head for what they are. His sacking also shows the concerted effort to demonize and silence anyone outside the public orthodoxy of thought... Sir Roger Scruton is one of the preeminent conservative intellectuals in [...]

Facebook Fascism and the Slippery Slope to Tyranny

By |2019-04-14T21:56:59-05:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Fascism, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Rights, Senior Contributors, Tyranny|

Following the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist, I was asked by a national TV network in the UK to appear on a live show to give my perspective as a former white supremacist. (I served two prison sentences for “inciting racial hatred” back in the 1980s.) [...]

Banning Books and Burning Heretics

By |2019-07-23T11:43:06-05:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, England, Ethics, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Rights, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Advocates of the liberal arts include “heretical” books in the great conversation, whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous. As we have seen in Nazi Germany and in communist countries, the banning of “heretical” books ends with the burning of “heretics”… Several years ago, I visited the two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, [...]

Is America Devolving into Soft Totalitarianism?

By |2019-07-23T10:41:50-05:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Democracy in America, Free Speech, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Soft totalitarianism aims to destroy communities and undermine the character of the people. The next stage in human degradation is mere savagery... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Bruce Frohnen as he explores whether or not present-day America has fallen into soft totalitarianism. —W. Winston Elliott III, [...]

Books Are Not Dead Things

By |2019-07-23T11:16:43-05:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, Free Speech, John Milton, Quotation|

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as [...]

The “Masterpiece” Decision: Half a Cake Is Better Than None

By |2018-06-08T22:53:34-05:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, Homosexual Unions, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

Though Masterpiece is a decision upholding religious liberty, the Supreme Court’s ruling makes it clear that free speech about homosexuality does not enjoy broad protections… In the first of two momentous cases on its docket as to whether some Americans can be left alone as dissenters from the punishing orthodoxies of the progressive society and [...]

The Left’s Cyber-Censorship of Conservatism

By |2018-06-01T21:51:47-05:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

We are witnessing storm troopers in cyber-space “pulling the plug” on those whose voices they refuse to tolerate. Two personal experiences of such censorship—both of which relate to The Imaginative Conservative itself—will suffice to illustrate the trend… The interference of Google and Facebook in the recent Irish referendum on abortion raises serious concerns about [...]

Will the Supreme Court Tell Pro-Lifers What to Say?

By |2018-03-15T23:35:12-05:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Free Speech, Supreme Court|

By state law, the state of California is now forcing pregnancy-support centers, whose sole purpose for existence is to offer alternatives to abortion, to “conspicuously” notify pregnant women of where they can receive abortions. The centers have objected that the law violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment by compelling them to [...]

The Reformation & the Secularization of America

By |2019-09-05T14:38:06-05:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Culture, Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, History, Religion, Secularism, Thomas Jefferson|

The “separation of church and state” was intended in part to prevent the sorts of religious conflicts that had racked Europe in previous centuries. Nevertheless, it was only a matter of time before the ambiguity of this figure of speech would be exploited… During her confirmation hearing last September, Notre Dame law professor, Amy Coney [...]

The Threat of Free Speech in the University

By |2019-03-05T13:29:24-05:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Free Speech, Modernity, Roger Scruton|

If a university stands for anything, surely it stands for that idea of truth, as a guiding light in our darkness and the source of real knowledge… Free speech in a university is a very different thing from free speech in Congress or Parliament, freedom of the press, or free speech in the street. Each [...]

Higher Education: A Modest Proposal for Reform

By |2017-05-14T22:05:52-05:00May 14th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Education, Free Speech, Politics, Taxes|

To recover our social traditions and the cultural knowledge undergirding them will be the job of generations. But we should work to reduce the harm visited on our society by universities increasingly dedicated to identity politics and to indoctrinating students into that politics… The problem with reforms is that they almost always are thinly-veiled [...]

Is America Devolving into Soft Totalitarianism?

By |2017-07-12T10:04:12-05:00April 30th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Democracy in America, Featured, Free Speech, Politics|

Soft totalitarianism aims to destroy communities and undermine the character of the people. The next stage in human degradation is mere savagery… What should a democratic people fear in their leaders? That depends on the character of the people. When the great French philosopher and statesman Alexis de Tocqueville considered the character of the [...]

Are “Hate” and “Racist’’ Speech Protected by the Constitution?

By |2019-03-05T14:03:22-05:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Featured, First Amendment, Free Speech, Supreme Court|

Freedom of speech and press is the lifeblood of a free society. And the abuse of free speech, however outrageous, is the price we must pay for this freedom... Recently, I was asked by a federal judge to appear on a panel of three at an Inns of Court in Houston on the topic, “Free [...]

The Lie of the Open Society

By |2019-03-16T10:19:41-05:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Apology, Conservatism, Crito, Featured, Free Speech, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Plato, Willmoore Kendall|

II John Locke The related problems of “the public orthodoxy” and “the open society” were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of John Locke in 1941, Kendall’s Locke emerged as an exponent of the public orthodoxy as expressed through the majority. As Kendall sees it, in Lockean thought, “In [...]