16th February 2015: “Freedom of Speech”

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In his 1859 book “On Liberty” the English philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it.  If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth:  if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

2015 has already seen the violent suppression of the freedom to mock and insult religious ideologies. To what extent should people be free to publish ideas in the public domain that some will find offensive?

Susan Harr will be talking about freedom of speech at 7.30pm on Monday 16th February in the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley. All welcome.

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