CENSORSHIP AND THE DEMISE OF OPEN DEBATE – In the West we like to consider ourselves as an open and democratic society; one where the freedom of speech and expression are a ‘right’ not a privilege.
If this is the case why are our governments taking measures to silence us? Isn’t the whole idea of open debate a way for us to learn and move forward as a society?
During the last 60 years all Western Governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe have legislated against the fundamental pillar of society – open debate.
In fact things have gotten so bad that it is almost impossible to voice an opinion without it being turned around in an act of discrimination. Talk about race and you’re a racist. Talk about religion and you’re a xenophobic racist. Talk about taxation and you’re a communist.
The thing is no matter what issue you want to debate there is always some obscure piece of legal frame work luring in the volumes of legislation that will deem your opinions or objection defamatory.
The United State journalist associations recently admonished the UK Government for trying to include either legislation or a ‘watchdog’ in order to control what the Press is able to report.
This situation came about through a ‘Phone Hacking’ scandal which has fueled Parliament into thinking that the Press can no longer be trusted. While the whole debacle was deplorable it should never be used as a weapon to kill free press.
In the video above the author’s of Encounterbooks.com talk about free and open debate on college campuses in modern times. What it reveals is disturbing in that colleges, or those in charge of them, have an agenda to stifle free and open debate and will even expel students who persist in engaging in open debate on any topics it feels is inappropriate.
What Government and Educational Administers are doing is nothing short of violating the 1st Amendment Rights of all American students. There is a reason the 1st Amendment was written and that was to protect civil liberties of those who wished to openly debate on a subject they find a concern.
The older I get the more I feel our freedoms, especially those which concern the right of free speech and expression, are being taken away from us through Government legislation. However much we like to think that we live in an open and free democracy this is often an illusion and that governmental totalitarianism is slowly but surely being forced upon us in an attempt to keep us quiet.
With all the problems we face in the world it simply appears that Governments around the world would rather we no longer openly debate these issue but rather accept the status quo and live with the idea that debating an issue is offensive.