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Germaine Greer, Ayelet Waldman and Megan Phelps-Roper: Too Dangerous

The answer to bad speech isn’t censorship, it’s more and better speech.

Megan Phelps-Roper

The Inquisition killed heretics not for what they did – but for what they believed. Who are the heretics of today: the ones who must be silenced? It’s becoming a long list… prescribed by the arbiters of political and conservative correctness. If a society can’t allow for differences of opinion then what is to become of it? Have we lost the capacity to celebrate those still brave enough to outrage us, preferring instead to bask in the warmth of righteous indignation while the heretics burn?

Germaine Greer, Ayelet Waldman and Megan Phelps-Roper discuss whether there remain any ideas that are still too dangerous to talk about. 

Chaired by Hamish MacDonald, Australian journalist and broadcaster.

This talk was recorded live on stage at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018.

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald


Hamish Macdonald has covered wars, disasters and major world events. He has secured nominations in prestigious journalism awards such as the Walkley Awards and the Quills Australian Journalist of the Year Award, a rare achievement for a commercial television network news reporter. He was also a finalist for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent at this year's Logie Awards. A versatile news reporter and presenter he has delivered ground-breaking news reports (people smuggling in Indonesia) and fronted investigative documentary specials (Bikie Wars: Here and Now). Hamish regularly co-presents The Project on Channel 10 and is the new host of ABC's Q&A.

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