The Sounds of Silencing

Freedom of speech is increasingly under attack throughout the world. Europe, except for Denmark, has largely given up. Even in the United States, its opponents are assailing freedom of speech using a two-fold strategy. First are lawsuits in the United States. They have uniformly failed, but not without costing those who have been sued vast amounts of time and money. Second are lawsuits and legal … Continue reading The Sounds of Silencing

Chavez: No!

Congratulations to the people of Venezuela, who voted against Hugo Chavez’s attempt to turn their country into a dictatorship. It’s a good day for liberty in Latin America. This may have been the defining moment. Sometimes, all it takes is for one person to stand up and say “No!”—or, in this case, “¿Por qué no te callas?” (“Why don’t you shut up?”) Continue reading Chavez: No!

On Liberty and Teddy Bears

Sudan’s President has pardoned the British schoolteacher sentenced to jail for allowing her elementary school students to name a teddy bear ‘Mohammed.’ She has now left the Sudan, announcing her regret at having to leave—and her regret that she will not be able to return. This incident, bizarre as it may seem, appears to be part of a general pattern of events, including the fatwa … Continue reading On Liberty and Teddy Bears


Mark Steyn describes the contradictions involved in a multicultural Amsterdam. How many advocates of multiculturalism have appreciated that it is inconsistent with civil liberties? John Stuart Mill defends the harm principle, which says that people ought to be allowed to live as they see fit so long as they don’t violate the rights of others. That superficially seems to support multiculturalism, but in fact it … Continue reading Pornostan