Much has been made of the recent comments by Senator Cory Bernardi regarding his book the Conservative Revolution (see the reviews and Twitter). All I will say is that I disagree with him. Based on his expressed values I almost certainly won’t read his book. And like Bill Shorten I can give personal examples!
It won’t be long until comments are offered that Cory Bernardi is exercising his freedom of speech. It may look like I’m ghost writing for Andrew Bolt or Piers Ackerman. There may even be an appeal to the new Human Rights Commissioner for Freedom Tim Wilson.
And according to the framers of free speech (warning: Wikipedia reference!), he should express his opinion without fear of penalty.
Why? Implicit in the right to free speech is that it is a right for all. Freedom of speech is for everyone.
Which presents a problem for those like me who disagree strongly.
It’s way too easy to tell him to shut up or insult him. Some have already.
The problem with that is my explicit and implicit attitude : the only person who should exercise freedom of speech is me and me alone.
Which means I can enjoy my moment of free speech. And silence everyone else’s freedom of speech.
Which mean freedom of speech is lost in the long run for me and for everyone else.