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Free Speech Under Siege

Steve Simpson

Presented at: OCON 2015

Date: Jul 03, 2015

The terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, shows that Charlie Hebdo-style attacks can happen here. The reaction among intellectuals--criticizing cartoonists for "provoking" violence and giving offense--shows that the primary threat to free speech today is not physical, but intellectual. This talk examines the roots of the intellectual attack on free speech and shows how to combat it by defending freedom of speech as a supreme value and an individual right.

ethicsfreedom of speechpolitics

Parts: 1

Handout: none


  • YouTube, 2015 (En) - 85 mins - Same speech, but not the one from OCON