Freethought is a philosophical position that holds that ideas and opinions should be based on science and reason, and not restricted by authority, tradition, or religion.
And because of their free thoughts, unorthodox and thus controversial, philosophers often put themselves in a vulnerable position. Their free thoughts are often hijacked, distorted and exploited by political extremists/ideologues for their agendas.
Judith Butler's notion of gender performativity/the social construction of gender is a good example; it has been exploited and weaponised by trans/gender neutral activists. And now Kathleen Stock's case. But she is fighting back. The attempt to silence her has backfired on trans activists as more and more people are supporting her.
Freedom of expression, especially academic freedom, must be protected against totalitarianism.
Be a liberal, be a 'right-minded' liberal.
Kathleen Stock: I won’t be silenced
The trans activist campaign against her has backfired
About Kathleen Stock
Kathleen Stock: Colleagues poisoned students against me in transgender debate
Former Sussex University professor believes her views were 'radically' misrepresented in vindictive campaign to ‘trash’ her reputation
The problem with alot of so-called liberals these days are that alot of them are not truly liberal, they have bought into the far-left progressive brand of thought, which is hardly liberal save for a few of the social-based issues. Being openminded is to be truly liberal, to seek to silence or censor opposing views that you do not agree with is an authoritarian mentality and not liberal. Being liberal is good, being close-minded is not, and both political extremes can be extremely close-minded. Speaking of which, politics should also be kept out of such philosophical mindsets, as biases are known to enter the equation as soon as one's political views take front stage. Society needs to once again move in the liberal direction and away from far-left progressivism and alt-right conspiracy theories and related prejudices.