March for Free Expression

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Democratiya

We had hoped it would be self-evident that organisations endorsing this campaign are not as a consequence endorsing each other. They have many differences and are agreeing only on the principle of freedom of expression.

But we knew the habit of political conflict can be irresistable. Blogs and journals of the left have been commenting on the fact that some of their number have offered their support to this campaign and, thereby, found themselves sharing a platform with people with whom they disagree about politics more generally.

As a consequence, Alan Johnson of Democratiya has decided to withdraw his support from our campaign. We want to thank him for his input and to wish him well. We would have loved to have him as a speaker. Any campaign would benefit from his involvement, so we regret his decision but refuse to make this movement favour any particular political standpoint.

As much as anything, this development highlights how remarkable it is that we are being supported by such a broad alliance of organisations and people. They might not agree with each other about much else, but they recognise that if we abandon the principle that people can disagree politically, but without resorting to violence, then we have abandoned our whole civilisation. Sharing the March for Freedom of Expression platform with those with whom you disagree demonstrates to the world, in the clearest possible way, your commitment to Freedom of Expression.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abysmal cowardice. By withdrawing this merely gives succour to the smug consensus that pervades much of the so-called left these days.

7:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is disgraceful. The point of this demonstration is to show that on this front, we the children of Enlightenment are united.

To defend our liberties you may find yourself in the firing line and living the rest of your life in hiding.

I suspect that some people are getting cold feet and looking for excuses.

10:53 am  
Blogger Serf said...

First they came for the communists..... etc,

With the political wind blowing in a authoritarian direction, we stick together on this one or hang apart.

12:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the end of the world, it's only a small unknown magazine. Better to build up broad support than worry about ex-Trots.

2:23 pm  
Anonymous Steve said...

Have you seen Worker's Liberty's letter to Maryam Namazie trying to get her to pull out?

My rant about it, with links, is here:

http://pubphilosopher.blogs.com/pub_philosopher/2006/03/workers_liberty.html

2:34 pm  

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