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Free speech and why it matters:

Free speech is the bedrock of all our liberties, and yet in recent years it has come to be mistrusted. A new form of social justice activism, which perceives language as potentially violent, has prompted a national debate on where the limitations of acceptable speech should be drawn. Governments throughout Europe have enacted 'hate speech' legislation to curb the dissemination of objectionable ideas, Silicon Valley tech giants are collaborating to ensure that they control the limitations of public discourse, and campaigners in the US are calling for revisions to the First Amendment.

However well-intentioned, these trends represent a threat to the freedoms that our ancestors fought and died to secure. In this incisive and fascinating book, Andrew Doyle addresses head-on the most common concerns of free speech sceptics, and offers a timely and robust defence of this most foundational of principles.

©2021 Andrew Doyle (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Thought provoking and insightful

well supported arguments and cogent hypotheses
counter arguments on some points would be interesting to hear
generally a must read for all who want to have a position on freedom

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the basics of the free speech argument

This is a very well done, brief introduction to the basics of the concept of free speech and why it applies to the insanity of the present cancel culture moment.

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  • il914
  • 2021-06-06

Important perspective our times

Doyle explores the diminishment of the right of free speech in many liberal Western democracies. He approaches the subject both from a historical perspective as well as by examining current events, and makes a strong case for protecting this foundational liberal value.

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  • Mike W.
  • 2021-06-05

must read

perfect.....this book should be mandatory reading in all schools. Thank you for writing it.
Keep up the good fight.

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  • caverley1zr
  • 2021-04-16

McGrath is gonna be angry....

I mostly know Doyle from his alter ego, Titiana McGrath. In this book, Doyle shows his philosophical and rhetorical chops to be quite impressive. I'm actually prepared to sit down and listen again soon, although I will say the only sad part is those that should listen/read this book probably will not.

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  • David A Welsh
  • 2021-03-18

Fight for Free Speech

This short book will provide you with some good ammunition when faced with the opportunity to defend free speech.

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  • Packbacker
  • 2021-03-01

There is a war going on for your mind.

This book really paints a fantastic picture of tolerance for the sake of knowledge and understanding.

Without dialog, how will it be possible to share and express information?

How can we understand those who have differing views, if all we do is push them to the side.

How can we make jokes?

Silencing thoughts and beliefs has never worked and we would be wise to stop debating, and start having dialog. We might be surprised of what we can learn.

Make Orwell fiction again!

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  • mashuki
  • 2021-02-28

Okay

If you have listened to Doyle on TV and online, then there is nothing new in this book. It is a regurgitation of the usual talking points that have been put forward recently ad nauseum.
If you are new to this topic, then you will love it and it will open your eyes, but there is little new here in this very brief book.

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  • chris boutte
  • 2021-02-26

Great arguments for why we need better discussions

When I pick up a book about the free speech, I'm never sure what I'm going to get. I'll either get well-thought arguments from authors like Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff or books with weak arguments that seem like a cash grab from authors like Dave Rubin and Gad Saad. So, when I read this new book from Andrew Doyle, I was pleasantly surprised in the best way. By far, this is one of the better books on the subject, and I really enjoyed it. It's a short read, but it packs a lot of power. 

In 2019, I was cancelled and had hundreds of thousands of strangers on the internet coming after me, so this is a topic that I'm interested in. I'm often conflicted because I'm quite liberal, and free speech is typically associated with the Right. When an author like Andrew Doyle comes around and is able to maturely discuss how there are awful people out there like Nazi's, but we need better conversations around free speech, I respect it. If you're interested in this subject as well, you should really grab a copy of this book.