In my latest Loonie Politics piece, I say legitimate concern about Donald Trump’s bad manners should not make us lose perspective on the far more ominous torrent of menacing abuse coming from the Chinese government.
"Men do learn from their mistakes; they learn how to make new ones.”
Gordon Martel The Month That Changed the World: July 1914 (quoted in a review by Gary Sheffield quoted in a blog post by Mark Collins; Martel’s specific reference is that Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to seek peace with Hitler in 1938 because he was so terrified of sleepwalking into war as in the summer of 1914)
In my latest National Post column I remind politicians that John Stuart Mill’s classic defence of free speech applies every bit as much to social media as to the spoken, written or broadcast word.
(You can watch the beginning and hear the rest of my testimony on the subject to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on June 4, as well as that of Mark Steyn and Lindsay Shepherd, on ParlVu (my prepared remarks begin at 9:09).
On June 4 I appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to testify on online hate, and urged them not to censor even loathsome opinions because truth will prevail in a contest of ideas. You can watch the beginning of the session and hear the rest including my testimony on ParlVu (my prepared remarks begin at 9:09).
See also my June 5 National Post column adapted from that testimony.
“‘What is it that I don’t know?’ Sir Humphrey feigned ignorance. ‘Minister,’ he said, ‘I don’t know what you don’t know. It could be almost anything.’”
A Jim Hacker diary entry in Yes Minister Vol. I