Fiddling While It Burns

Time to Renew Our Commitment to Freedom | 10/08/2010

I had a piece published in the National Times, the opinion portal for the Fairfax broadsheets. It was a bit of a coup, but rather overshadowed by the birth of my daughter the day before. Anyway, the piece was about liberal democracy, the internet filter and the burqa debate, and is available here.

A sample:

The problem with banning self-expression in any way is that it’s viral. The chilling effect is an infection in human society, which soon spreads into every aspect of life. The law is an ass, and a well-ordered society is only ever an ill-considered law or a populist outrage from a police state. Yet in Australian political debate, far too often what is “bad” is treated as one with what should be “banned”.


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