- Russell Blackford
- Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Blocked in China
I'm, er, proud? bemused? to announce that Metamagician and the Hellfire Club is subversive enough to have been blocked in China. Perhaps you have been, too. (I'm assuming the site I've linked to is legitimate; the folks at IEET certainly seem to think so. But I'm always suspicious, so if someone has reliable evidence to the contrary, let me know so that I can redact this post.)
Of course, if the Australian government gets its way I might ultimately be blocked in my own country, since Rudd and Conroy are still planning to introduce a scheme of high-tech internet censorship - supposedly aimed at child pornography, but known to go far wider, even before the moral panics of the future that would inevitably take us increasingly down the Chinese Road.
So let me just remind my compatriots of the need to fight this measure every millimetre of the way, and at all costs. Nothing is more precious than our freedom of speech, without which none of our other freedoms is safe.