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    Hey all. I'm worried about increased stifling of free speech in uni with the 'no platform' policies introduced. What do you think?
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    Debated this recently. I think it's up to individual universities on what they choose to adopt as their policy. If the students at that university don't like it, they should do something about it for that university. A UK wide approach isn't necessary in my view.
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    (Original post by HighPlaces)
    Hey all. I'm worried about increased stifling of free speech in uni with the 'no platform' policies introduced. What do you think?
    I would consider it a travesty if, in universities, we were not allowed free speech. The place that we go to get new ideas.
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    I would consider it a travesty if, in universities, we were not allowed free speech. The place that we go to get new ideas.
    Universities are meant to be places for independent academic study, not political battlegrounds. Speeches with no academic merit should not be warranted any special protection just because of "free speech". The kind of talks that are being subject to "no platforming" rarely deserve a platform at a university to begin with (although there have been a couple of exceptions to this), so I don't see why anyone should be expected to care about them being shut down.
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    (Original post by HighPlaces)
    Hey all. I'm worried about increased stifling of free speech in uni with the 'no platform' policies introduced. What do you think?
    Deliberate invites from self-serving students to controversial speakers for the publicity is what it's about. That there might be a 'no platform' response doesn't do any harm because they don't really care about free speech, just getting a rep for being 'edgy' and 'testing' the establishment. It's already been said in the thread, Universities are places of learning not for the deliberate and calculating provoking of political controversy.
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    (Original post by Dez)
    Universities are meant to be places for independent academic study, not political battlegrounds. Speeches with no academic merit should not be warranted any special protection just because of "free speech". The kind of talks that are being subject to "no platforming" rarely deserve a platform at a university to begin with (although there have been a couple of exceptions to this), so I don't see why anyone should be expected to care about them being shut down.
    The problem is that these people are not being "no platformed" because their talks are not relevant. By the way, they pay for the venue. The problem is that they are being shut down because people don't like what they have to say. So I will care. Besides, politics is a degree.
 
 
 
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