The Freedoms That Make Us Great!
The Freedom of Speech
Vanity Fair columnist, author, and world-famous contrarian, Christopher Hitchens writes about the freedom of speech in the third of a four part series on our freedoms. His opinion is a simple one. “The right of others to free expression is part of my own. If someone’s voice is silenced, then I am deprived of the right to hear or read. Moreover, I have never met nor heard anybody I would trust with the job of deciding in advance what it might be permissible for me or anyone else to say or read or write. That freedom of expression consists of being able to tell people what they may not wish to hear, and that it must extend, above all, to those who think differently, is , to me, self-evident.”
This seems to suggest that however contrary to our own beliefs and however contrary to the good manners demanded by democracy and pluralism, there is much to be gained by not only allowing but promoting the presentation of alternate views and different opinions. We don’t learn very much from those who agree with us. That’s just preaching to the choir. We learn from open-minded and thoughtful consideration of different points of view even when they are expressed in ways contrary to good manners. This is a principle all bloggers should observe in the interests of freedom of speech and of broadening our understanding of difficult problems.
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