THE CURSE OF GOOD INTENTIONS

Matt Ridley | 19 Oct 2017 Politics is increasingly about motives, not results   My Times column on how intentions are taken to matter more than what works:   The curse of modern politics is an epidemic of good intentions and bad outcomes. Policy after policy is chosen and voted on according to whether it means well,…

Free speech and a gay horse

NZCPR | 12 Aug 2016 “The freedom to criticise or ridicule ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is a fundamental freedom of society. In my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended… because one represents openness – and the other represents oppression.”…

Read Bret Easton Ellis’ excoriating monologue on social justice warriors and political correctness

The Independent | 3 Aug 2016 ‘Oh, little snowflakes, when did you all become grandmothers and society matrons, clutching your pearls in horror at someone who has an opinion about something, a way of expressing themselves that’s not the mirror image of yours?’ If you’ve been listening to Bret Easton Ellis’ excellent podcast over the…

Silencing Free Speech

NZCPR | 15 April 2016 In this politically correct world, our right to free speech is increasingly being eroded by the apparent rights of others who disagree with our views. State broadcaster Television New Zealand came under attack last month, when they were accused of including a ‘racist’ question in their new KiwiMeter survey. KiwiMeter, a…

Tyranny and Free Speech

Breaking Views | 21 March 2016 Do you support free speech? How about free speech for climate change skeptics? For homophobes? For racists? For sexists? For white males? For even Donald Trump? Those who defend free speech, as did the American Founding Fathers, understand it is not about defending speech you agree with, but defending speech…

Many Scientific “Truths” Are, In Fact, False

GWPF | 14 March 2016 British Universities And The New Fascism Just imagine, if you will, their shock. Their outrage. Their incomprehension. Britain’s most famous, achingly right-on, liberal lefties being blackballed from university campuses because they are insufficiently achingly right-on and liberal. They are being out-pioused from the far left — not simply told that…