Freedom, fear and fanatics


As I read this young man’s arrogant slogan on his T-shirt, I recalled a sentence I have read earlier today on BBC news: “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted”. These words came from a Dutch politician who is facing trail for speaking his mind out on the issue of the social fabric change in his own country.

I wonder, how many Australians realise we do not have a legal right to freedom of speech. Even more so, how many Australians realise how sanitised our news is – courtesy of political correctness. The vocal minorities have enormous influence over what is said, just because they are vocal or fanatical about their views. These minority groups know very well how to work media or against media to their best advantage.

Someone once told me to be more direct on this blog. Yet, the same person does not use his name to sign his own articles.

So, who can afford to “f!#k fear”? Do you sign your name when posting comments on the Internet websites? Do you feel you can express any view on any subject openly without the fear of prosecution and repercussions?

Lovely weather we are having.