32 episodes

A podcast focussing on freedom and free speech in a New Zealand context, hosted by two Wellington-based academics, Drs. Michael Johnston (VUW Education) and James Kierstead (VUW Classics).

Free Kiwis‪!‬ James

    • Education

A podcast focussing on freedom and free speech in a New Zealand context, hosted by two Wellington-based academics, Drs. Michael Johnston (VUW Education) and James Kierstead (VUW Classics).

    Free speech at VUW (FKs! Dialogues 4)

    Free speech at VUW (FKs! Dialogues 4)

    A conversation about Victoria University of Wellington Vice-Chancellor Nic Smith's decision to postpone his original panel on free speech and about the two new panels he's now announced. Topics we discuss include: Is the new panel more balanced or representative? Is Michael right-wing? And is Nic Smith going to be able to force his institution to respect people's basic expressive rights - or is reform from the outside required?Wilkinson and Jeram's NZI report on inequality:https://nzinitiativ...

    • 39 min
    Cynical Theories (Book Club 3)

    Cynical Theories (Book Club 3)

    The topic of our third Free Kiwis! book club was Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay's book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity - And Why this Harms Everybody.We talked about its account of post-modernism and 'grievance studies,' and considered how much this has affected academia and the free speech crisis in New Zealand.Panellists:Dr James Kierstead, NZ InitiativeDr Michael Johnston, NZ InitiativeDr Matthew Birchall, NZ InitiativeDr...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Eric Kaufmann

    Eric Kaufmann

    Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham. He talked to Michael about whether the Amish will inherit the earth, whether wokeness is a religion-substitute, and how we can protect liberal science and civilization. Eric's book on religious groups and population growth: https://www.amazon.com/Shall-Religiou...Eric's course on wokeness: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/courses/...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Graham Linehan

    Graham Linehan

    Graham Linehan is the co-creator of Father Ted and other popular UK comedy series. We talked to him about Ted's origins, comedy in a time of censorship, and trans issues. Graham's time in NZ was hosted by the Free Speech Union: https://www.fsu.nz/Mia Hughes' report on 'the WPATH files': https://environmentalprogress.org/big...Graham's X: / glinner Free Kiwis!' X: / freekiwis

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Iona Italia

    Iona Italia

    Iona Italia is Managing Editor of Quillette and a former Editor-in-Chief of Areo. We talked to her about her life and career; the virtues of letter-writing; and her work with heterodox online publications like Areo and, now, Quillette. Iona' Substack: https://www.drionaitalia.com/Jamie Palmer's long-read on the lab-leak hypothesis: https://quillette.com/2023/08/19/the-lab-leak-illusion/Iona's writing for Quillette: https://quillette.com/author/iona/James' writing for Quillette: https://quille...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Jonathan Sumption

    Jonathan Sumption

    Lord Sumption is a historian and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2018. He is also a widely-respected commentator. We talked to him about our current free speech predicament in English-speaking countries, what led to it, and how to re-build a truly liberal culture.We are grateful to the NZ Free Speech Union for hosting Lord Sumption in NZ. You can support the work of the Free Speech Union here:https://www.fsu.nz/donation

    • 56 min

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