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Free speech and why it matters:

Free speech is the bedrock of all our liberties, and yet in recent years it has come to be mistrusted. A new form of social justice activism, which perceives language as potentially violent, has prompted a national debate on where the limitations of acceptable speech should be drawn. Governments throughout Europe have enacted 'hate speech' legislation to curb the dissemination of objectionable ideas, Silicon Valley tech giants are collaborating to ensure that they control the limitations of public discourse, and campaigners in the US are calling for revisions to the First Amendment.

However well-intentioned, these trends represent a threat to the freedoms that our ancestors fought and died to secure. In this incisive and fascinating book, Andrew Doyle addresses head-on the most common concerns of free speech sceptics, and offers a timely and robust defence of this most foundational of principles.

©2021 Andrew Doyle (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Essential reading for artists.

A clear headed, same and unpretentious breakdown of the threats faced by liberal democracy and individual freedom. An excellent companion piece to Cynical Theories and to Fashionable Nonsense. Digestible in a single sitting. Lucid and well researched.
Highly recommended.

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  • caverley1zr
  • 16-04-2021

McGrath is gonna be angry....

I mostly know Doyle from his alter ego, Titiana McGrath. In this book, Doyle shows his philosophical and rhetorical chops to be quite impressive. I'm actually prepared to sit down and listen again soon, although I will say the only sad part is those that should listen/read this book probably will not.

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  • David A Welsh
  • 18-03-2021

Fight for Free Speech

This short book will provide you with some good ammunition when faced with the opportunity to defend free speech.

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  • Packbacker
  • 01-03-2021

There is a war going on for your mind.

This book really paints a fantastic picture of tolerance for the sake of knowledge and understanding.

Without dialog, how will it be possible to share and express information?

How can we understand those who have differing views, if all we do is push them to the side.

How can we make jokes?

Silencing thoughts and beliefs has never worked and we would be wise to stop debating, and start having dialog. We might be surprised of what we can learn.

Make Orwell fiction again!

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  • mashuki
  • 28-02-2021

Okay

If you have listened to Doyle on TV and online, then there is nothing new in this book. It is a regurgitation of the usual talking points that have been put forward recently ad nauseum.
If you are new to this topic, then you will love it and it will open your eyes, but there is little new here in this very brief book.

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  • chris boutte
  • 26-02-2021

Great arguments for why we need better discussions

When I pick up a book about the free speech, I'm never sure what I'm going to get. I'll either get well-thought arguments from authors like Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff or books with weak arguments that seem like a cash grab from authors like Dave Rubin and Gad Saad. So, when I read this new book from Andrew Doyle, I was pleasantly surprised in the best way. By far, this is one of the better books on the subject, and I really enjoyed it. It's a short read, but it packs a lot of power. 

In 2019, I was cancelled and had hundreds of thousands of strangers on the internet coming after me, so this is a topic that I'm interested in. I'm often conflicted because I'm quite liberal, and free speech is typically associated with the Right. When an author like Andrew Doyle comes around and is able to maturely discuss how there are awful people out there like Nazi's, but we need better conversations around free speech, I respect it. If you're interested in this subject as well, you should really grab a copy of this book.

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  • Ian
  • 25-02-2021

A voice of reason in troubling times

Doyle succinctly modernises free speech principles for the social media age, which has forgotten them.

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  • Terri Roskruge
  • 02-03-2021

EVERYONE needs to read this

Everyone needs to read this. Too important not.... from a non university educated individual.

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  • B. Whelan
  • 27-02-2021

Good but very short

Good book but very short , feels like it could be a chapter in a much wider discussion.

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  • mustLearnMore
  • 16-03-2021

INCREDIBLE, and important.

Andrew Doyle is always a pleasure to listen to in his various interviews and podcast appearances. But especially so in this wonderful narration of his latest book (or his first book, should we exclude 'WOKE' by his alter-ego Titania McGrath).

If you are here because you already love Andrew's work, then you'll love this too. If you are here because you're curious to hear Andrew's views for yourself, and cut past all the smears and misrepresentations, then I think you too will become a fan of his commentary. If you're here because you feel you're already certain of his faults because his critics have convinced you so, then I invite you to hear him out, and hope that you see the validity of his arguments and the sincerity with which he provides them.

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  • Jimjar
  • 15-03-2021

Impeccably argued defence of free speech

An important, lucid and timely book on what free speech really means and why defending it robustly must remain the concern of ALL who believe in a democratic, pluralistic society. Doyle deftly rebuffs specious claims that such concerns are confected, or the preserve of the political right.

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  • Victoria Tuck
  • 06-03-2021

A must listen

In this wonderfully concise and clear book, Andrew Doyle makes the case for why we need to act to defend one of the foundations of a free society. Well-timed Andrew. (not sure what Titania McGrath will think of it though)

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  • Amber
  • 03-03-2021

Brilliant and succinct

I will read again and again I’m sure. And I will make notes!

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  • D Clark
  • 27-02-2021

Excellent

Great comprehensive analysis of why free speech matters. Andrew rebukes all the common arguments against free speech with gusto.

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