Banning speakers from universities is not an attack on their freedom of speech

It seems to be becoming an ever-increasing epidemic that universities and student unions are banning controversial speakers for the safety of their students. Many libertarians and sceptics are criticising this behaviour, arguing that it’s repressing the speakers’ freedom of speech – an undeniable pillar of modern democratic values. However, particularly in Britain, freedom of speech is not absolute. Whether it is inciting hatred against marginalised groups, or even criticising “British values”, according to Cameron’s Prevent program, your right to speak has well-established limits. The exact points of these limits are up for debate of course, but the fact remains...

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