“The state should never be the arbiter of what people can think.”
In Australia we find a true warrior of free speech in Queensland Senator George Brandis, who has come out blasting what he sees as the “sheer authoritarianism” rampant in the global climate change movement, where anyone who challenges the science is labeled a despicable “denier”.
He calls the extremely intolerant approach of the global warming alarmists approach “ignorant” and “medieval” and adds that they suffer from “The Debate Is Over” syndrome and that the movement represents “a new and illiberal climate of anti-intellectualism.”
Queensland Senator George Brandis. Source: www.ag.gov.au/About/Pages/AttorneyGeneralandMinister.aspx. Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Australia licence.
Website Spiked Online here presents a portrayal of the Australian Senator, who once was a believer in man-made global warming and thought something had to be done about it quickly.
Brandis believes that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) is and authoritarian attempt by the state to curb free speech and thus should be repealed and that there needs to be greater freedom of expression. Accordng to the Spiked Online report:
…there were two recent, specific things that made him realise just what a mortal threat freedom of speech faces in the modern era and that he would have to dust down his Mill, reread his Voltaire, and up the ante in his war of words against, as he puts it, the transformation of the state into ‘the arbiter of what might be thought’. The first thing was the climate-change debate; and the second is what is known down here as The Andrew Bolt Case.”
He views climate change as a cult religion that “has become a gospel truth that you deny or mock at your peril” and that it attempts to “delegitimise the views of those who disagree rather than engaging with them intellectually and showing them why they are wrong“.
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