Today’s www.thorholt.com Write With Courage guest is Flemming Rose: Author of Tyranny of Silence… Flemming is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, a Journalist, and Author. His latest book in English is Tyranny of Silence. After 14 years of working as a foreign correspondent in Russia and the USA, he returned home to Denmark in 2004 to pursue a more stable life!
Find out more about Flemming and his work http://www.tyrannyofsilence.net
- What is blasphemy to one man may sound as poetry to another man
- Making a newspaper is always the art of the possible!
- The point here is that context often gets lost in translation… the cartoons did not come out of the blue…it was not something I invented…
- We must Focus on the true original meaning of tolerance, not free speech
- It's a consequence of the digital world…creates possibility of misunderstandings and manipulations…and humor is always very context dependent! Even Charlie Hebdo will not be understood in the UK for instance even though UK and France are quite close countries placed in western Europe
- If this had happened 25 years ago we would not have had a cartoon crisis
- The fact that what is being published online… if it's online its immediately being published everywhere…- So for
- So for me, it's a question about how I see myself and who I want to be…what I believe in…then try to explain in a calm and rational way why I think it's fair to defend the publication of those cartoons and freedom of expression in a broader term.
- I was being accused of being intolerant by publishing those cartoons, and it turns out it is exactly the other way round… that tolerance is imposed not the one who draws a cartoon, but on the one who watches a cartoon! Tolerance means the ability to live with things you hate… Tolerance is something painful and difficult and has to be learned…we need to rediscover the true meaning of tolerance and we have to teach it in schools.
- In fact, by explaining tolerance and defending tolerance you make a very powerful defense of free speech