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The Charlie Hebdo Assassinations: Six Years Later

It’s tragic that the West has failed to take a principled stand in defense of free speech.

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, on the sixth anniversary of the murderous attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss the attacks as a symptom of the erosion of free speech in the West.

Among the topics covered:

  • The history of Islamist attacks on free speech;
  • The ineffective public reaction to the Hebdo attacks;
  • Why free speech — and intellectual freedom more generally — is so important to defend;
  • The West’s failure to take a principled stand in defense of free speech;
  • Why it’s important to criticize religion;
  • How unopposed threats to free speech engender self-censorship.

This podcast was recorded on January 6, 2021. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Ben Bayer

Ben Bayer, PhD in philosophy, is a fellow and director of content at the Ayn Rand Institute and the author of Why the Right to Abortion Is Sacrosanct (2022). Ben is a managing editor of New Ideal and a member of the Ayn Rand University faculty.

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