Monday, January 13, 2014

Christopher Caldwell on Free Speech in France

The conservative columnist Christopher Caldwell has an excellent op-ed on the perversity of French restrictions on free speech in the Financial Times. Unfortunately, I can't quote from it, because the Financial Times imposes its own restrictions on the free use of copyrighted material. But you can read it here if you have a subscription to the FT.


Siegfried said...

My comment has nothing to deal with this article, but I haven't found where I could write you M. Goldhammer, so I send here the link towards the last CEVIPOF poll :

This one, and another one about more specific opinions of French people, are the main two polls about ideas and not adhesion with politicians.

I am aware of the drama that's taking birth in France, but some data has even succeeded to surprise me. On some questions, the increase rate is over 6 or 7% on a year.

I think that if Hollande dares signing the free-trade agreement with the USA, he also signs the death warrant of the whole french political class on a mid term. It would be such a huge weapon given to reactionnary school of thought, and I'm not sure ther's today a single entity which could have the legitimity to express these ideas (even the FN is not enough mature today, as Causeur is still too small compared to Soral on the web, for example...) and canalize the anger people will feel when, for instance, an American company will be able to judiciary offend the French state for having a minimum wage or prohibiting some GMO (see

What is your opinion on that ? I really wonder what my country will become after european elections...

James Conran said...

I think you may be interpreting the FT's policy a little more narrowly than they intend Art - it seems they're OK with short quotations:

"You may however republish or redistribute “Summaries” of FT articles if you comply with the conditions set out below. “Summaries” can be either an “extract” or an “abstract”. By “extract” we mean 30 words copied verbatim from an FT article which are inserted into a longer original work . By “abstract” we mean a 30 word non-verbatim summary of the news or facts reported in an FT article which does not form part of a longer work."


Cincinna said...

If you register at the FT website, you can read a limited number of articles per month. The Christopher Caldwell article is available and worth reading.

Anonymous said...

A daily quota of FT articles can also be read if accessed thru google or social networks. If using google, simply do a google search on the FT url ( drop what is after the question mark : ) and click on the article in the search results.