Timothy Garton Ash. Our guest today @ is a Historian, political commentator at The Guardian among other places, author of many books including, The Magic Lantern & The File. his New book: is, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World’
“A major piece of cultural analysis, sane, witty and urgently important. Timothy Garton Ash exemplifies the "robust civility" he recommends as an antidote to the pervasive unhappiness, nervousness, and incoherence around freedom of speech.” So says Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
"What I have to tell you is, in the five years since I started doing this, free speech has been eroded, has been pushed back almost everywhere..."
"There's a whole new front in defending freedom of speech which is about checking the power of the private superpowers - facebook, google and twitter...the home office is now what's called a 'privileged flagger' on facebook!"
"What i saw in East Germany was the power of censorship...how the big lie, can fill the whole public space..."
"we've moved into a World neither Orwell or Havel could have imagined..where because of the internet and the smartphone, and mass migration, everyone is becoming neighbours with everybody else."
"So there's never been such a threat to free speech, because of course, the internet is such a fantastic surveillance tool. beyond a Stasi General's wildest dreams.. and what happens if you think someone is always listening in is you censor yourself and don't say what you really think..."
"What I call, The 'assassin's veto' is a disease of our time... people saying 'if you say that, if you publish that, we will kill you'...every thought is a provocation! And not to accept this means solidarity with those being threatened... because we have to show that violent intimidation won't pay."
Thor from www.thorholt.com interviews Brendan O'Neill of SpikedOnline - ‘…one of Britain's leading left-wing thinkers' says the Daily Mail, and an 'obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant'! says the Guardian! Here he is speaking at The Oxford Union on Free Speech
"The right to be offensive is the engine of progress! Unless you give people the leeway to experiment with ideas, and the scope to be offensive and dangerous, and to shake the status quo, then we can't have the kind of progress and leaps forward, that have generated the conditions we live in today."
"Lots of leaders in the West, Theresa May, President Obama, various other European leaders, will say that internet freedom is very precious, and these evil foreign 'regimes' shouldn't be clamping down on it so much, but they do the same thing!"
On those who see his being Marxist and Liberal as a contradiction: "...if they really took on the arguments in Marx, they would know, the idea of the radical left, was always an idea for expanding people's liberty and expanding people's choice!"
"The left should be about liberating people from poverty AND official dictates!"
"Self-editing is fine...but self-censoring is bad!"
He recommends 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine
Brendan is the editor of Spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”, his book, ‘A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays by Brendan O'Neill’ is available on amazon.. in Duty to offend, he explores everything from free speech to feminism, porn to Thomas Paine, coal (good) to Chomsky (bad). Fuelled by humanism, the essays put the case for a new enlightenment, and for rediscovering our faith in 'the dignity and excellence of man'.
Brendan is the only journalist to have written for both the Catholic Herald and Abortion Review…oh, and He does NOT tweet!
Our guest today is David Boaz. David is Executive Vice President of The Cato Institute
Peter Thiel says about David Boaz new book, "The Libertarian Mind is so convincing critics will want to condemn it, regulate it, tax it, fleece it, and forbid it. Fortunately, good ideas haven’t been outlawed...yet."
"People have a right to be free...society works better when people are free...The right and the responsibility to make the important decisions...what you smoke, read or spend your money on... should not be governed by coercive government!"
"I'm like Bruce Banner. I write best when I get angry!" On writing despite danger and death threats - "I couldn't sleep knowing that i didn't put my foot on the throttle."
Today's Guest is Taleeb Starkes. Taleeb is Author of two Amazon #1 Best Sellers: ☆BLACK LIES MATTER☆ & ☆THE UN-CIVIL WAR☆ Thought-Police Fugitive. NAACP Image Award Non-Winner.
"...I worked with juvenile delinquents in a group home setting in Philadelphia. That has been my passion. To try and take these seeds and help them grow into flowers. Not all grow as we may like. Some grow into weeds, not flowers. I grew up as part of this delinquency. I went to jail... went to prison. 3 hots and a cot!"
"I still mentor...but not in delinquent homes. Now that I gained some notoriety with my writing, I had to take my skill set and apply it in a different way.... because people try to get you fired these days because they don't agree with the position I take"
Being poor is no excuse for poor behavior" - Taleeb's Grandmother
I don't like the way Muslims have co-opted the political correctness and victim mindset of the left."
You can sit at home and worry about a 'clash of civilisations', or taking your belief in non-aggression, you can do something to promote understanding. These kind of conversations are more likely to lead to solutions than one-sided ranting.
Guest today, Nabeel Azeez. Nabeel is Founder and blogger at ‘Becoming the Alpha Muslim”, he also writes professionally for business clients at Dropkick Copy and recently wrote for the Huffington Post.
Our second guest is Anni Cyrus. Anni is originally from Iran. She is the producer of web tv show, ‘The Glazov Gang’ and also runs a site called Live Up To Freedom
Nabeel Azeez - "When it comes to things like free speech ad political correctness...I personally can't stand this so-called alliance that a lot of Muslims have with the left for fear of 'islamophobia...I don't like the way Muslims have co-opted the political correctness and victim mindset of the left."
Anni Cyrus - "First I want to thank you Nabeel for asking that question. A lot of respect to you for this article...thank you for being honest"
"It's the drug war that's corrupted society" Neil Woods
Our guest today is Neil Woods… Neil is a former undercover drugs operative, and reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. He is now is part of the @UKleap team, working towards drug law reform. His Memoir ‘Good Cop Bad War: My Undercover Life Inside Britains Biggest Drug Gangs’ was published by Ebury on the 18th August 2016.
"I thought I was fighting the good fight.But all I ever did was interrupt the drug flow to a city for a few days. The war on drugs is a devastating terrible thing and gangsters are getting rich!'