From Oliver Kamm's "The Tyranny of Moderation: Respect and Civility are the Enemies of Free Speech":
The notion that free speech, while important, needs to be held in balance with the avoidance of offence is question-begging, because it assumes that offence is something to be avoided. Free speech does indeed cause hurt – but there is nothing wrong in this. Knowledge advances through the destruction of bad ideas. Mockery and derision are among the most powerful tools in that process...
All HT David Thompson.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, June 13, 2007