The answer to bad speech isn’t censorship, it’s more and better speech.
The Inquisition killed heretics not for what they did – but for what they believed. Who are the heretics of today: the ones who must be silenced? It’s becoming a long list… prescribed by the arbiters of political and conservative correctness. If a society can’t allow for differences of opinion then what is to become of it? Have we lost the capacity to celebrate those still brave enough to outrage us, preferring instead to bask in the warmth of righteous indignation while the heretics burn?
Germaine Greer, Ayelet Waldman and Megan Phelps-Roper discuss whether there remain any ideas that are still too dangerous to talk about.
Chaired by Hamish MacDonald, Australian journalist and broadcaster.
This talk was recorded live on stage at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018.