Remembrance Day is coming up. It is a celebration in honour of the men (many millions of them) and the women (a handful) who sacrificed their lives fighting for home and country and for the preservation of democracy, freedom of speech that is. (Canadian World War II casualties by sex: 50,000 men, 25 women)
Now that freedom of speech is just about dead, so dead that the only places in which it is being discussed publicly is in such venues as the (Canadian) Human Rights Tribunals (the Canadian equivalent of what in totalitarian regimes used to be called People’s Courts), it may be worth having a look at a personal experience from a few years ago – perhaps now quaint and outdated – with the concept of free speech, something that once-upon-a-time made the societies in the developed nations great.
Have a look at Lorne Gunter: Liberals defend sanctity of free speech for liberals only, National Posts, October 22, 2010
Given that the commentary on Remembrance Day that was posted last year at this blog has been fairly popular for all of last year, but especially during the past few days (more than 500 visits a day), you may want to have a look at that one, too.