Free Speech

Building a Better Twitter

Building a Better Twitter

Twitter’s current policy on content isn’t one dimensional: It serves up both false positives and false negatives—wrongly banning certain accounts for thoughtcrimes while permitting others to continue on the platform despite engaging in grotesquely abusive behavior.

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
4 min read
Social Media
Problems with Mill’s Masterpiece

Problems with Mill’s Masterpiece

The condition of human life is such that we must of necessity be restrained and compelled by circumstances in nearly every action of our lives. Why, then, is liberty, defined as Mr. Mill defines it, to be regarded as so precious? ~James Fitzjames Stephen Of all the works written in

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
18 min read
Politics
Stephen Kershnar and the Importance of Unaskable Questions

Stephen Kershnar and the Importance of Unaskable Questions

Unpopular, unorthodox and extreme opinions no less than any others need their spokesmen, in order that our chances of discovering truths and making wise decisions be increased. ~Joel Feinberg In January of this year, SUNY Fredonia ethicist Stephen Kershnar appeared on an episode of our philosophy podcast, Brain in a

Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff
Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff
7 min read
Education
How Much Real-World Extremism Does Online Hate Actually Cause?

How Much Real-World Extremism Does Online Hate Actually Cause?

While calls to censor hate speech and violent extremist content on social media platforms are common, there’s little evidence that online incitement leads to real-world radicalization. Ironically, such calls may actually galvanize extremists, who interpret hostile media coverage, commentary, and censorship policies as confirmation of their victimhood narratives and

Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
6 min read
censorship
How the Dutch Created Europe’s First Free-Speech Zone More than 400 years Ago

How the Dutch Created Europe’s First Free-Speech Zone More than 400 years Ago

On a Continent embroiled in religious turmoil and persecution, tolerance and free speech found few patches of fertile soil in Western Europe at the dawn of the 17th century. The first such patch was the flat and windswept Low Countries on the North Sea coast. During the so-called Dutch Golden

Jacob Mchangama
Jacob Mchangama
7 min read
Free Speech
Against Land Acknowledgements

Against Land Acknowledgements

Regular readers of Quillette may recall my 2018 article “Why Women Don’t Code,” which led to another describing how I was “Demoted and Placed on Probation.” After a year of probation, I was reappointed for a three-year term, only to entangle myself in a new controversy over indigenous land

Stuart Reges
Stuart Reges
8 min read
Education
Troll Exposure

Troll Exposure

Hell hath no fury like a trolled daughter’s father: When multiple media houses and friends of friends from far overseas approach me and my family over a devastating, soul-destroying, career-ending lie, then the time of any person to act has arrived. It’s time to protect your daughter and

Sean Welsh
Sean Welsh
10 min read
Politics
Cancel Culture Has a Lot to Answer For

Cancel Culture Has a Lot to Answer For

Sometimes our most precious cultural institutions fail to live up to their high educational and moral commitments and responsibilities. These failures especially damage the social fabric because they tend to harm many people who rely on them and tarnish the high ideals that the institutions claim to exemplify. An incident

Peter H. Schuck
Peter H. Schuck
5 min read
Education