Author: Fernando Moncada Rivera
Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 1993, Fernando left when he was six and has lived in Namibia, Belgium, and the UK since. Currently based in London, he has a degree in Business Management with a focus on Marketing and contributes to The Unapologists on US, Latin American and free expression issues.

Why has the Western Left allowed the Right to co-opt free speech?

The liberal Left harms its own cause by ceding to its opponents what has historically been its most fundamental principle.
 
Someone is invited to address an audience at a university, but backs out due to threats of violence.
 
Historically, it would likely be a conservative response to a progressive proposition; women’s suffrage was met with violence, as was the LGBT movement, certainly the civil rights movement, and indeed the pattern extends even as far back as the enlightenment. Read more...

Honduran Activism and the Lead Veil of Secrecy

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In an environment where everyone knows but no one speaks, volume is a measure of courage.

 

Berta Cáceres had a loud voice, and even louder actions.

 

The all too familiar arc of prominent activists in Central America sadly mirrors that of Icarus; too much ambition, or worse, success, in making your society a better one will likely result in the proverbial sun cutting short your journey. Read more...

In Defense of Extreme and Hateful Speech

With the topic of hate speech at the forefront of the public mind in the aftermath of the Charlottesville protests, it is worth considering the traps we set by advocating the limitation of free speech. 

 

370 years after John Milton published Areopagitica, the classic case made to British parliament for free expression and against censorship, some of us have convinced ourselves that ideas can be legislated out of existence, that the answer to the question “can opinion be limited?” is subjectively determined, and that the incitement of offensive and extreme ideas rather than violence is the boundary which shouldn’t be crossed. Read more...

Corrupt Democracy: Why elections should be publicly funded

Corrupt Democracy

Disclaimer: While this piece is based on the United States, the principle applies anywhere.

 

Nothing in this piece is new information.  The debate over campaign finance comes around every election cycle, and during relevant legal challenges.  What never ceases to surprise or disappoint, however, is how quickly the issue dies down after each time the spotlight is placed on it. Read more...