On the Vital Necessity of Free Speech (are you listening, Saudis)?

The Montreal Press Club marked the occasion of its 70th anniversary in 2018 by initiating a “Freedom Award” to mark the accomplishments of a single exceptionally courageous individual in the world of journalism. They chose as their first recipient Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (https://www.raifbadawi.org/), who has been tortured and imprisoned for his views by the oh-so-enlightened rulers of that state. I delivered this lecture on free speech on the occasion of the acceptance of the Press Club award by Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, April 26/2018 (video uploaded August 20).

It is an interesting sidenote that the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, which held the event in collaboration with the Press Club, disavowed their support (https://twitter.com/metropolisbleu/status/976201304648355840?lang=en) because of the complaints of one Sean Michaels, as I Tweeted here (https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/984217716344094720?lang=en). Journalist Barbara Kay expressed her opinion about all of that here: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-kay-another-cultural-institution-succumbs-to-jordan-peterson-hysteria

Nectarine News (https://thenectarine.ca/) recorded this talk and
provided permission for me to repost it. The original can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Sz2-6RNkjY

It’s very unlikely that the Saudis are listening. Tyrants don’t listen.

Additional relevant links:

Free Raif Badawi: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/free.badawi/
Montreal Press Club: http://www.montrealpressclub.com/
Blue Metropolis: http://bluemetropolis.org/
The Post Millenial: https://www.thepostmillennial.com/

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Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: https://jordanbpeterson.com/maps-of-meaning/

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