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2017/04/21: A Left-Wing Case for Free Speech

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A few weeks ago, I went to Vancouver and delivered two talks. This is the first. I felt that it would be useful to make a case, from a left-wing perspective, for the primacy of free speech, in the pursuit of avowedly left-wing goals. Free speech is an issue of such primary importance for the maintenance of our culture that it is foolish to assume that it is somehow naturally allied only with centrist or right-wing political agendas. In fact, I think a case can be made that such freedom is even more important for the genuine left (a political movement or position that can validly speak for the relatively powerless) than for partisans of any other position.

So I made that case in this address. Thanks to Angelo Isodorou (and Theryn Meyer) and their teams for setting this up.

Baron Media also posted this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw5oIomZRnc

Note: The audio was damaged for the first minute of this talk, so I had to re-record that intro section, reconstructing it as well as I could from memory.

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