When does free speech become license?

Today’s court ruling against journalist Andrew Bolt’s critical printed comments in relation to fair-skinned Aborigines has again ignited the “freedom of speech” debate:┬áRuling against Andrew Bolt will harm healthy debate, say libertarians | Herald Sun. The libertarian position that all speech should be unshackled, un-monitored, uncensored is frought with problems. Generally, I am quite happyContinue reading “When does free speech become license?”

The power of words

Our morning paper’s lead story covers the Arizona shooting spree during which Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was critically injured. It was Sheriff Dupnik’s comment that caught my eye – “the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.” He was referring to an increasingly vitriolic political debate thatContinue reading “The power of words”