Free speech

kolaval

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Reading some of a book by John Mill written in 1859.
Chapter 2: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion, is amazing.

The best government has no more title to it than the worst.
It is as noxious, or more noxious, when exerted in accordance with public opinion, than when in opposition to it.

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion,
mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person,
than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion,
but object to their being “pushed to an extreme”; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case,
they are not good for any case.
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Free, illustrated ebook on that chapter: All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated

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mattrudlles

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Yup, and now we have to figure out how to emotionally convey this concept to snowflakes, and 'liberals' the world over.
 
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