Free Speech

The Case Against Hate-Speech Laws: a Canadian Perspective

It is not science fiction to imagine that Section 319 and other as-yet-undrafted Canadian “anti-hate” laws will metastasize.

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
5 min read

The Disgraceful Firing of Joshua T. Katz

Joshua Katz knew it was dangerous to go public with his objections to a Princeton faculty letter, but he did so because his conscience demanded it. For this, he has paid an intolerable price.

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
12 min read

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

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

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 [https://anchor.fm/braininavat/episodes/Sexual-Taboos--Stephen-Kershnar-e1dlqgp/a-a7ao457]

Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff
Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff
7 min read

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 [https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/30/mark-zuckerberg-calls-for-tighter-internet-regulations-we-need-a-more-active-role-for-governments.html] , there’s little evidence that online incitement [https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000260382] leads to real-world radicalization. Ironically, such calls may actually galvanize extremists,

Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
6 min read

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

Against Land Acknowledgements

Regular readers of Quillette may recall my 2018 article “Why Women Don’t Code [https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/],” which led to another describing how I was “Demoted and Placed on Probation [https://quillette.com/2020/01/11/demoted-and-placed-on-probation/].” After a year of probation, I was reappointed for

Stuart Reges
Stuart Reges
8 min read