As we traverse through an era where voices of reason and critical thinking are both celebrated and challenged, Freethinkers International is proud to announce the commencement of nominations for the esteemed “Freethinker of the Year 2023” award. This accolade is not just a recognition but a celebration of those brave individuals who dare to question, challenge, and think differently in a world often marred by conformity and suppression.
Voices Silenced, Yet Spirits Unbroken
In 2023, the world witnessed an alarming trend of silencing activists and thinkers, not just in traditionally oppressive regimes but also within more liberal societies. Countries like Afghanistan, Iran, and Russia continued their relentless crackdown on free thinkers. In Afghanistan, the return of the Taliban regime has led to a drastic decline in freedom of expression. In Iran, the government’s iron grip on media and the internet has stifled dissent. Similarly, Russia’s stringent laws against “foreign agents” and “undesirable organizations” have choked the voices of opposition and free thought.
Alarmingly, this trend is not confined to authoritarian regimes. In Western countries, a new wave of radical ‘woke’ activism has begun to impose its own brand of censorship. Speakers, academics, and scientists find themselves increasingly at odds with radical groups that, although well-intentioned in their quest for social justice, often end up stifling the very diversity of thought they aim to protect.
Call for Nominations
We stand at a crucial juncture, where celebrating and protecting freethinking is more important than ever. Therefore, we invite our community to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional courage and intellect in promoting free thought and critical inquiry. Nominees could range from activists fighting oppressive regimes to intellectuals challenging the status quo in more liberal societies.
Please submit your nominations via our website: Freethinkers International Nomination Form. The deadline for submissions is the last week of January 2024.
The Power of Your Vote
In the last week of January 2024, we will open the poll for our community members to vote for their Freethinker of the Year. This is more than just an election; it’s a statement. A statement that free thought, critical inquiry, and intellectual bravery are not only to be cherished but also vigorously defended.
Together, let’s honor those who have had the audacity to think differently and the courage to speak up. Your nomination and vote are not just acknowledgments of individual bravery; they are acts of support for the very essence of free thought and expression.
Be part of this essential endeavor. Nominate. Vote. Celebrate.