Why I signed an open letter to silence Monckton


Why did a psychology lecturer with a commitment to academic freedom sign an open letter attempting to have a lecture by Lord Monckton cancelled? My article in the latest issue of the King’s Tribune explains why I don’t think freedom of enquiry has to include granting Monckton the freedom to do what he does.

I’m in the November issue of the King’s Tribune, writing about why I signed an open letter to the University of Notre Dame asking them to revoke their invitation to Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. The attempt to have his lecture cancelled was characterised by some as an assault on freedom of speech, or on academic freedom of enquiry. I explain how I reconciled my commitment to those principles with my decision to endorse the letter.

Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
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