ye kahan a gaey hum…

When you find yourself in a situation where you must vigorously defend something, militancy becomes the dominant trope whether you like it or not.

In what is being called the war on our speech, folks are being pushed to assume the subject positions of defenders who are defending their values against an aggressor who is hell bent on destroying those values.

But it could be that a vigorous defence of freedom, even when it appears as necessary, runs the risk of hurtling the defenders headlong into a deep rhetorical mess. Especially, when the freedom begins to look similar to that from which it seeks to distinguish itself. Notice the emerging rhetorical similarities between the two positions, i.e. the similarities between the defenders and attackers of legally protected speech. One extreme example of what I am talking about is a tweet I recently came across. It said, “Behead all those who insult freedom of speech.” Just try some substitutions and this sentence could very well be from a so-called ‘radical-fundamentalist-Islamist.’

Thus it seems that defence of freedom is a transformative performance. The question is whether the political liberalism is in such a historical bind from which it may be just too difficult to come out unscathed?



About Irfan

I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts

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