Can free speech cost lives?

Can free speech cost lives?

By Jihoon Sung “Despite all the debates and discussions, the pandemic continues to ravage humanity and the fake news phenomenon continues to deceive some people.” On May 3, 2020, the world marked the World Press Freedom Day, paying tribute to journalists...
Is bigotry a public health problem?

Is bigotry a public health problem?

By Ronald W. Pies Over a decade ago, I wrote a piece for a psychiatric journal entitled “Is Bigotry a Mental Illness?” At the time, some psychiatrists were advocating making “pathological bigotry” or pathological bias – essentially, bias so extreme it interferes with...
What is free speech? ▶

What is free speech? ▶

Banned books, defamation suits, de-platformed public figures, alt-righters without a venue: is there a crisis of free speech in New Zealand? And what exactly is free speech: a necessary guarantee of democracy or a misused threat to the common good? On September 10,...
Q+A: How do we solve incivility in society?

Q+A: How do we solve incivility in society?

Politics in places like the US has become increasingly hostile and uncivil say, scholars. Language often vilifies citizens and lawmakers. But people overwhelmingly dislike the incivility and have expressed shame at its effect on policy debates. What are the effects of...