‘An Issue of Freedom of Speech’

“At any given moment there is a sort of self-prevailing orthodoxy, a tacit agreement not to discuss some large and uncomfortable fact.”
– George Orwell

“The Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal establishments, for their own sometimes-selfish purposes — contrary to one of the most fundamental values of democracy: free and open debate on important public issues — have in effect declared a ban on free speech around this profound human rights issue…

“A consideration of what pre-contact Aboriginal culture was really like is rarely engaged in. Aboriginal spokespersons stay on the general, merely declaratory level in this regard because to descend into the realm of facts and particulars — and to seriously consider them — makes one realize immediately how shallow, dogmatic, constricted, and almost dishonest so much of the current discourse is on this topic.  Continue reading “‘An Issue of Freedom of Speech’”