Freedom manifesto!

The foundation of all freedom

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a democratic society. It is the most important of all freedoms. It is the foundational freedom upon which every other right we enjoy - from the right to vote to the right to protest - is built. Without the freedom to think, write, publish, depict and debate as we see fit, all our political and social rights become meaningless.

Masters of our own minds

Freedom of speech makes us morally autonomous. It allows us to use our moral and mental muscles, to decide for ourselves, through discussion, debate and argument, what is a good idea and what is a bad one. It makes man the master of his own mind and fate, rather than allowing the authorities to treat us as infants by determining on our behalf what we may read, think and believe.

The midwife of enlightenment

Freedom of speech is the best guarantor of getting to the truth of a matter. Where censorship discourages debate in favour of silencing the allegedly offensive or hateful opinion, freedom of speech insists on holding people to account for their beliefs and challenging their claims in the public sphere. It is the midwife of enlightenment where censorship fuels only an unquestioning approach, and ultimately ignorance.

No censorship - ever

Freedom of speech must never be restricted. No state bans, no hate-speech legislation, no libel laws, no restrictions on the press, no mob pressure on people to conform to modern orthodoxies. For attacks on freedom of speech do not only commit the bad-enough offence of preventing someone from saying what he believes - they also reduce the rest of us to the level of children through blocking our eyes and ears, degrading our moral autonomy, stifling truth-seeking, and elevating stupidity over enlightenment.

Free speech now!

Freedom of speech makes us free. It makes us fully human, through allowing our minds to work and our views to matter. We are absolutely committed to breathing life back into this essential freedom, to fighting against all forms of censorship and intolerance, to ensuring that everyone - regardless of their viewpoint - enjoys the freedom to express themselves and to enter into the truth-determining fray of public life. We want free speech now, with no ifs, buts, erming, ahhing, restrictions, restraints or delay.

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  • Daniel Spencer, Engineer, United States

    I may not like what you have to say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

  • Xay Voong, IT, USA

    what this hypocritical and delusional moral panic censorship against games does harm is the freedom of expression of our most valued human creativity and imagination. Human civilization has gotten this far because of our power to imagine and invent and create. Now you’re telling artists and creators that they have to curb their imagination, curb their creativity, follow the herd. You’re telling creators and gamers that their choices of games and entertainment will be dictated by authoritarian moral police. You’re telling people that only a privileged committee can tell them what is fun and appropriate and what is not. Please DO NOT give in to people with their own insecurities and try to project their own complexes onto other people. DO NOT give in to people who suppress HARMLESS creativity and imagination and entertainment. If people have problems distinguishing harmless entertainment and reality, have them seek professional help. Nothing is gained by censorship and suppression of thought, however valuable human rights and inventions will be lost and forfeited if censorship and book burning is allowed to run rampant.

  • Deborah Robertson, Full time carer, United Kingdom

    Thank you for your work. Freedom of speech underpins all aspects of civilised life. I am furious that politicians and the media in the UK are not standing up to the Islamist lobby and their enablers, the regressive left. This country has already internalised an Islamic blasphemy code. There is so much now, that we dare not say or do. We pretend it's out of "tolerance" and "sensitivity to other cultural values". It is not. It is fear of Muslim violence. A well founded one. Long live Western Civilisation and long live free speech!

  • Graham Reade, -, United Kingdom

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  • Daniel Cooper, Artist, Canada

    Over the past 4-5 months, I have seen LOTS heinous acts made by "Anti-GG" that are pro-censorship, and it makes me happy to see more people taking a stand against it. I'm donating a couple of dollars to this. Bear in mind, that I am VERY stingy with my money. There have been times where I saw bundle of games(most of them were kinda sub-par), there were a couple of games I wanted in the bundle. The bundle at the time, was $3. I didn't buy it because as I said, I'm stingy with my money, but then the bundle went on a discount and I was able to pick it up for $1. I think that this speaks volumes as to how much I am for freedom of speech if I'm going to donate what I can even though I could use the money to buy something else.

  • John Clemo, Teacher, UK

    Free Speech for One & All : irrespective of what you have to say, you have the right to say it. Who would have thought that this would be such an issue in the C21st?

  • Robert Hutchings, self Employed, United Kingdom

    It should be the right of any person who perceives an injustice or misperception to have the right of Free Speech in order to garner support to redress these iniquities.

  • McIntyre Sally, Retired, New Zealand

    New Zealand is in the midst of a general election campaign. The race relations commissioner Dame Susan Devoy attacked the ACT leader after he said Maori were privileged "just as the aristocracy were legally privileged in pre-revolutionary France". I support the Free Speech Now! Campaign.

  • Gavin King, Yes, UK

    Free speech must be maintained at all times in the free west.

  • Matthew Robinson, Khmer Mekong Films, Cambodia

    We hold these truths to be self-evident ... (etc)

  • wendy kellett, UK

    The thought police have dominated our national,and international,discourse for too long. Speak out for freedoms which underpin democracy and are too valuable to be swept under the carpet of poltical correctness.

  • christopher crossman, retired, ireland

    see "freedom to be offensive defended by court" - redmond-bate v public prosecutions (before justices sedley & collins july 23rd 1999)

  • mark wych, operations manager, United Kingdom

    If we’re not going to stand up to the politically-correct, pseudo-liberal, free-speech-with-limits brigade, we might as well save ourselves a lot of bother and convert to Islam. Of course, we’d have to become moderate Muslims rather than free-speaking fundamentalists…

  • Joe Jackson, Musician / Writer, UK / Germany

    It's terrible to be told what we can or can't say, ask, debate or even think. It's terrible when it's dictated by dictators, or tsars or kings, but it's just as bad - if not worse - coming from 'democratic' politicians, 'free' media, 'experts', and even student unions . . .

  • Carl Barjer, England

    Everyone has a unique world view to express. They must feel free to do so. Even more importantly, we should positively encourage them in this!


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