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By Erik Ringmar

ISBN-10: 1843312883

ISBN-13: 9781843312888

There has been by no means any such factor as actual freedom of speech. some time past, with the intention to converse freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And in every single place you needed to get prior the editors. basically individuals of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of normal humans. yet these usual humans rarely, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely.  Until now. The age of running a blog has all started. the net revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will demonstrate secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up.   The outdated elites do not like it. in truth, they honestly, relatively hate it. Blogs are generally close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. all of sudden glossy liberal society unearths a repressive face that few people knew existed.   may still we behave ourselves? may still we fall silent? completely no longer! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that glossy liberal society lives by means of the foundations it claims to include. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.

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After all, what else could freedom of speech possibly mean? Obviously public criticism is not encouraged in most ordinary workplaces, but universities are different. No university, surely, could be critical of critical thought? Certainly not the LSE? Innocently, I put a link to my blog in the signature of all my emails. Some people clearly clicked on it since my blog by this time began picking up readers – a dozen or so a day. But it was offline rather than on that the shit eventually hit the fan.

Qxd 01/08/2007 12:46 PM Page 47 Free Speech and Censorship at the LSE 47 The hypocrisy of expertise If I had worked at Wal-Mart or McDonald’s these reactions of my employer would have made perfect sense. Wal-Mart and McDonald’s are not in the business of promoting freedom of speech. The LSE, however, is. The School likes to present itself to the world as an authority in matters of civil liberties. This noble tradition goes back to the LSE philosopher Karl Popper who in his book, The Open Society and Its Enemies, presented a powerful argument in favour of openness and critical thought.

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