The great rationalist Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) observed that “To prohibit free speech is the first act of terrorism”. So I thought could Dalhousie University be encouraging a form of local terror since the taxpayer-funded university prohibits free speech?
The annual CampusFreedomIndex.ca survey, under the heading of “University Practices,” just gave Dalhousie an “F” grade for free speech because the university engages in anti-free speech actions such as denying equal access to rooms, banning speakers, dis-inviting speakers and condoning obstruction of peaceful events, all based on controversial or unpopular speech. The “Best and Worst” can be seen here.
Enemies of free expression never go away. They lurk everywhere and cloak their actions in high sounding words like “human rights,” “hate speech,” “offensive,” “discriminatory,” “disrespectful,” “inappropriate,” “triggering,” “aggression” and dozens more.
But heroes of free speech always appear. In 1906, English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Sorry Voltaire, she said it about you.)
Presumably Ms. Hall would not be welcome on campus.