Defending liberal democracy

I urge people to go read Russell Blackford's submission to the Human Rights consultative committee in Australia. It deals with the changes and challenges to civil liberties in the modern era and although Australia-focussed, it generalises well once you get past our odd spelling conventions and local events.

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I argue that fully adequate protection of our rights and freedoms would require all of the following:

The inclusion of core civil liberties â such as freedom of speech and expression, freedom of belief, conscience, and worship, and freedom of association â in a constitutionally-entrenched Bill of Rights, along with strong procedural protections before anyone can be subjected to punishment, imprisonment, detention, ill-treatment, or other loss of liberties.

Hey! We Merkins tried this. It even works ... occasionally.

Very good, Russell.