Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?

By |2020-05-18T17:59:05-05:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Democracy, England, Featured, Free Speech, History, Joseph Pearce|

You are aware, are you not, that there was this chap called Oliver Cromwell who came after Shakespeare and brought democracy to England, including—ultimately—free speech. Anybody wishing to understand the nonsense that prevails in the present need only consider the nonsense that many people believe about the past. Indeed it would not be an [...]

Charlie Hebdo: Must We Either Love Him or Shoot Him?

By |2015-01-25T19:18:47-06:00January 26th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Free Speech, Islam, Religion|

Something important and fundamental has been lost in conflicting responses to the terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The official western response has been absolute identification with the magazine (“I am Charlie Hebdo”), while all too many Islamic groups have even openly refused to condemn this act of radical [...]

Our (Not So) Free Society

By |2014-10-21T20:17:02-05:00October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Free Speech, Religion|

“I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” Yeah, right. There was a time when this saying, often attributed to the French philosophe Voltaire, was taken as a kind of American credo. Free and open debate, most of us thought, was [...]

Secrecy and Disobedience in a Republic

By |2020-06-15T16:46:46-05:00June 27th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Free Speech, Peter Strzelecki Rieth|

Edward Snowden has taken the law into his own hands, supposedly for a higher cause. Has American political life has collapsed enough to make this necessary? One of the more negative aspects of political life is the relentless drive towards dividing the world into what Carl Schmidt called “friends and enemies”. Such division, often [...]

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