Reviews: Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated

Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So ComplicatedTruth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated by Malcolm Knox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, which has been sitting on my ‘to read’ list for years, was well worth the wait before I got around to reading it.

Tackling the troubling case of Israel Folau and that disturbing Tweet from 2019, Malcolm Knox takes this particular occurrence as an entry into a deeper exploration of the numerous, and perhaps insurmountable, issues surrounding the question of “free speech”. It is an engaging, nuanced and balanced exploration of the issues. At the end of the book, this reader is left to wonder how the ongoing culture war issue of “free speech” can be addressed or managed civilly. Regrettably, the answer is as elusive as it is with many other points of contention in the ongoing culture wars.

Knox has an easy and accessible writing style that draws the reader into the commentary and exploration at the heart of this tome. The book is not designed to arrive at a conclusion, apart, that is, that the issues surrounding “free speech”, Israel Folau, and the progressive-conservative battles are not easily answered if only because they are, by definition, complex and not the simplistic struggle they are often portrayed as being. However, this contribution to understanding some of the complexities involved in the struggles is well worth reading if for no other reason than it attempts to give air to those complexities.

Well worth the time to read.

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