Freedom of thought

March 25, 2009

This issue tends to be dealt with in terms of freedom of expression and the right to free speech; this serves to provoke images of driveling drunks bundled in doorways spewing incontinent invective or shallow contemporary artists peddling gratuitous offence in search of sales. Ignoble images abound.

Thus this most crucial of issues is framed in terms of the individual’s freedom to be what they want to be, say what they want to say, and be damned to those who are offended.

But far more important than the individual right to expression (which nevertheless is vitally important) is the right of the million to hear what the odd lone voice utters. Or the hundred million. The real issue is freedom of thought.


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