Richard Mason

Richard Mason is editor-in-chief of Speak Freely and a student at Maastricht University, pursuing his Bachelor's degree in European Studies.

Recent blog posts by this author

Why It's Time to Treat the Hammer and Sickle Like the Swastika

If someone were to ask you to think of either extreme of the political spectrum, odds are you would immediately picture a swastika at one end, and a hammer and sickle at the other. Regardless of your views of the left-right paradigm, or whether you...

5 ‘Unconscious Bias’ Examples That Show We’re Losing Our Minds Over Political Correctness

‘Unconscious bias’, or the implicit ways in which we perceive certain things as a result of our upbringing or surroundings, is an issue that many of us (perhaps all of us) are complicit in every day. Frequently, we make prejudgements, accept certain...

The Real Reason Many People Recoil From Political Correctness

Scrolling through Twitter recently, I came across a person questioning why so many are opposed to “political correctness.” The tweet conflated the dreaded PC with being polite and having respect and compassion, and expressed confusion as to why so...

Netflix’s New ‘Anti-Harassment’ Guidelines Reveal How Corporations Are Trivializing Consent

Consent is paramount. Anything we do that involves another person, be it sex, work, or just holding a conversation, requires that all parties involved give their consent. Any rational person who cares about personal choice would agree with me here...

3 Stoic Lessons That Can Help Heal Our Toxic Political Culture

Emotional. Tribal. Irrational. These are just three adjectives which could be applied to the political discourse of the 21st century. Both in the United States and Europe, discussions have reverted from constructive criticism and mutual...

Since When Is Free Speech a ‘Right-Wing’ Idea?

It’s not uncommon that certain ideals will have a political bias attached to them. The immigration debate, for instance, has long taken a left-vs-right structure, as has the gun debate. You can usually make an educated guess at someone’s political...

The Paradox of Leveling the Playing Field in the Name of Equality

Concepts of equality have long formed the keystones of Western philosophies. Revolutions have been fought in the name of equality, our courts are built around the idea that we are all equal before the law, and activists have spent the last century...

Black Markets Are Saving Lives in North Korea

North Korea could, arguably, be considered the nation-state equivalent of a time-capsule; a society perpetually stuck in the cold-war era. For all the hermit state has been discussed, it is seldom (if ever) noted for progression, growth, or change...