The future of free speech
9 September 2018
Against the backdrop of rising extremist views in many countries, Nadine helps us understand how the concept of free speech is an integral part of US democracy, with a historical perspective on the importance of the pivotal Skokie case in 1977 and the effect that this had.
She also examines whether the far-right should be given the chance to speak on mainstream news programmes, whether minorities should be further protected, the definition of hate speech and when this spills over to failures to physically protect individuals.
Nadine goes on to explore many of the themes in her latest book. Her central assertion is that free speech is vital to encourage debate and affirmative education. She also debates how negative pre-conceptions often fall away when groups from opposing points of view intermingle, live and work with the ‘other’.