Eric Heinze

Eric Heinze is Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

Towards a post-liberal theory of free expression

Controversies about free expression now saturate the news more than ever before.  They certainly erupt whenever Donald Trump opens his mouth.  Questions have also arisen as to whether anti-immigration slurs incited post-Brexit attacks on minorities.  By ‘expression’ I mean not only words, but also other expressive conduct—whatever messages the burkini sends, it’s causing the French…

‘Internalised homophobia’: The exception or the paradigm?

Shortly after the 11 June anti-LGBT massacre, it became clear that the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, had a gay profile of his own. Commentary poured out associating Mateen with internalised homophobia. What shall we make of that diagnosis? It’s not necessarily wrong. Given our long and complex histories of sexual taboo, psychological explanations for gays aggressing others…

Angela Davis’s Racism: A Glance at Morality and History

What might we have thought about high-profile personalities flying into Alabama or Mississippi in the 1950s—white figures meeting with white governors, white mayors, white police chiefs, to openly cheer those states’ ‘equitable solutions’ to social problems?  Such visits certainly took place. Surely we would have to call those visitors overtly racist, or else wilfully ignorant,…