• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: academic freedom and free speech

Paris and beyond: Europe is at war with itself

What lies behind the so-called Islamisation of Europe.

The three faces of censorship

From the academy to politics, intolerance is back in fashion.

Academic freedom is a big deal

The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.

Debateophobia: a fear of free and frank discussion

Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.

University students - are they toddlers or young adults?

Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?

‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football

The Society of Black Lawyers hit out at Tottenham and the FA after repeating its threat to go to the police over what it regards as anti-Semitic chanting at White Hart Lane.

Hate campaigns against freedom of speech go all the way back to Socrates

The subordination of the freedom of expression to the objective of protecting people from frank speech speaks to an ethos that has a uniquely low opinion of the capacity of people to think for themselves.

Students fed content-lite will never know the value of democracy and freedom

The real problem faced by Australia, as in many other Western societies, is not that it is confronted by the dark forces of authoritarianism but that the ideals of freedom and democracy are taken for granted.

Satisfaction and its discontents

The National Student Survey puts pressure on lecturers to provide 'enhanced' experiences. But, argues Frank Furedi, the results do not measure educational quality and the process infantilises students and corrodes academic integrity.

Minding our language breeds cynicism and cultural dishonesty

One of the most disturbing developments in the cultural life of the West is the casual acceptance of the policing of language.

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