Lindsay Shepherd - Free Speech & Victimhood Culture


Lindsay Shepherd - Free Speech & Victimhood Culture

Lindsay Shepherd is a graduate student and teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University. Known for being reprimanded by her university for playing a Jordan Peterson video in one of her classes, she discusses freedom of speech and victimhood culture on campus in her ideacity talk.

The measure of the advance of society is directly determined by the degree to which public opinion can control personal behavior and state regulation through nonviolent expression. The really civilized government had arrived when public opinion was clothed with the powers of personal franchise. Popular elections may not always decide things rightly, but they represent the right way even to do a wrong thing. Evolution does not at once produce superlative perfection but rather comparative and advancing practical adjustment.

There are ten steps, or stages, to the evolution of a practical and efficient form of representative government, and these are:

  • 1. Freedom of the person. Slavery, serfdom, and all forms of human bondage must disappear.
  • 2. Freedom of the mind. Unless a free people are educated -- taught to think intelligently and plan wisely -- freedom usually does more harm than good.
  • 3. The reign of law. Liberty can be enjoyed only when the will and whims of human rulers are replaced by legislative enactments in accordance with accepted fundamental law.
  • 4. Freedom of speech. Representative government is unthinkable without freedom of all forms of expression for human aspirations and opinions.
  • 5. Security of property. No government can long endure if it fails to provide for the right to enjoy personal property in some form. Man craves the right to use, control, bestow, sell, lease, and bequeath his personal property.
  • 6. The right of petition. Representative government assumes the right of citizens to be heard. The privilege of petition is inherent in free citizenship.
  • 7. The right to rule. It is not enough to be heard; the power of petition must progress to the actual management of the government.
  • 8. Universal suffrage. Representative government presupposes an intelligent, efficient, and universal electorate. The character of such a government will ever be determined by the character and caliber of those who compose it. As civilization progresses, suffrage, while remaining universal for both sexes, will be effectively modified, regrouped, and otherwise differentiated.
  • 9. Control of public servants. No civil government will be serviceable and effective unless the citizenry possess and use wise techniques of guiding and controlling officeholders and public servants.
  • 10. Intelligent and trained representation. The survival of democracy is dependent on successful representative government; and that is conditioned upon the practice of electing to public offices only those individuals who are technically trained, intellectually competent, socially loyal, and morally fit. Only by such provisions can government of the people, by the people, and for the people be preserved.

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The 10 Stages or Steps in the evolution of a True Form of Representative Government according to epochal revelations can be found here.