Wessie du Toit

Wessie du Toit

Wessie du Toit is a freelance writer living in London.

Does Free Speech Need Boundaries to Survive?

Does Free Speech Need Boundaries to Survive?

“Opinions,” Walter Benjamin wrote, “are to the gigantic apparatus of social life what oil is to machines. No one goes up to an engine and douses it in machine oil; one applies a little to the hidden spindles and joints one has to know.” Those defending free speech today may

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Free Speech
Our Age of Empathy

Our Age of Empathy

In 2009, the primatologist Frans de Waal published a bestseller called The Age of Empathy, in which he suggested that humanity might be rediscovering its propensity for cooperation and kindness. No longer would we be fooled by the myths of politicians and economists about our apparently selfish nature. He cited

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Art and Culture