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COVER STORY Don't grieve dumped TPP; rather, thank Trump

CANBERRA OBSERVED Splintering of support gets under PM's skin

EDITORIAL What future has Senator Cory Bernardi?

ENVIRONMENT U.S. Congress to investigate shonky climate report

ELECTRICITY Green policies threaten energy security and jobs

ELECTRICITY A solution to South Australia's power crisis

WATER POLICY 450 gigalitres upwater not feasible on Murray-Darling

EUTHANASIA Dutch nursing home death: more excuses, more killing

CHARTICLES Carbon dioxide is turning the Earth a brighter green

EUROPEAN AFFAIRS Germany's new army: Will it roll the iron dice?

MUSIC Hitman parade: when singers go political

TV SERIES The personal subsumed: The Crown

HUMOUR Exciting publishing event

LETTERS

BOOK REVIEW Win the war, lose the peace

BOOK REVIEW Science under the thumb of ideology

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"I Find That Offensive"

Claire Fox

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When you hear that now ubiquitous phrase, “I find that offensive”, you know you’re being told to shut up. While the terrible murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists demonstrated that those who offend can face the most brutal form of censorship, there’s a broader threatening climate where we all have to walk on eggshells to avoid saying anything offensive – or else. So, while Islamists and feminists may seem to have little in common, they are both united in demanding retribution in the form of bans, penalties and censorship of those who hurt their feelings.

But how did we become so thin-skinned? This book blames three culprits: official multiculturalism’s relativistic conflation of tolerance with positive “recognition”; narcissistic identity politics that proclaims the personal is political; and, finally, therapeutic educational interventions such as anti-bullying campaigns, through which the young are taught that psychological harm is interchangeable with physical violence.

 

About the author

Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established in 2000 to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival, and co-organises the Institute of Ideas’ residential summer school, The Academy: “University as it should be”.

A panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, Claire is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education and the media on television and radio programs such as Question Time and Any Questions? She is also a columnist for the Times Educational Supplement and Municipal Journal.


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