Author: <span class="vcard">Senator Amanda Stoker</span>

The rise of minority fundamentalism

This article is an adaption based on a talk given by Senator Stoker at LibertyFest Brisbane 2018. 

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak at the LibertyFest conference today.  A festival to celebrate liberty is the type of event under threat these days.  It’s worth reflecting that the first casualty of liberty is the right to free speech.

Ronald Reagan, whom despite his big-government tendencies, I rather admire, had a succinct and simple way of expressing himself.

He said “Freedom (or liberty) is the right to question and change the established way of doing things.  It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace.  It is the understanding that allows us to recognise shortcomings and seek solutions.”

The phrase “marketplace” is often used in its commercial sense. But I like to think of it in terms of the marketplace of ideas.  At the recent Brisbane launch of his book, the Art … Read the rest

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