-- a good time to think about current trends cramping freedom of thought and expression. This Week was started by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council of Canada, and is promoted annually at public library branches. Public libraries -- where information and recreational reading is available for free to all members of the public -- are a hallmark of a democratic nation. Freedom to Read Week reminds us of books banned in the past -- Catcher In the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ulysses, Lady Chatterly's Lover, and so on -- and these bans seem quaint to us now. The new danger to diversity of views is the stifling of the right to write freely on ideological subjects.
The ideologically based chill on free speech on university ampuses is preventing some people from expressing views, others from reading what they choose, and everyone from being treated as an adult. Words like "trigger", "bullying", "colonialist", and "racist" have been co-opted by the Supervising Class, and the university campus, which should by definition be a safe place for a universe of ideas, is being infantilized. Ironically, during this very Freedom to Read Week, Acadia University has acted against a psychology professor whose views challenge the identity politics of the moment. An colleague opposed to his right to express an opinion uses the word "extremist" to describe those who defend free speech. Does anti-free-speech extremism exist as well?
NEW RELEASE - DECEMBER 2017:
Do you know the names of the women who created the National Trust (UK), Kew Gardens, the Planned Parenthood Federation, the Battersea Dogs Home, Cruelty-Free International, the Cottage Garden style and Arts & Crafts movement, the poem on the Statue of Liberty, Kenya's Greenbelt Movement, Japan's Omoto religion, the Christian Science Monitor, the Gaia Theory? Who co-discovered the structure of the DNA molecule, nuclear fission, the Augur effect in physics, and instigated "sustainable development", or the Nobel Peace Prize? Nor do most school students. Women Who Made the World is a short, accessible handbook that helps fill the knowledge gap.
More detail at: https://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/entertainment/readers-corner-saanich-author-delves-into-the-lives-of-notable-women/
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