Freedom of Speech

Free speech is the prerequisite to all other rights of man. I’ve thought a lot about what I could say about the subject.

Ofcourse, I could quote from and reuse large parts of the classic texts on freedom of speech and add to them contemporary insights. Think of John Milton’s Areopagitica, Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason and John Stuart Mill’s essay On Liberty. But could I really improve on these works? Probably not.

Or I could reference to a speech by Christopher Hitchens on the topic.
But ultimately all that needs to be written and all that has been written on freedom of speech can be reduced significantly to a terse but lively statement:

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

  • George Orwell



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