Daily Awesome: John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill -  - don't have a good picture of Ibn Warraq because he was being hunted by people who hate free speech.

John Stuart Mill

I try not to hate many things, but I hate suppression of speech. Aside from the very rare necessary exception in the interest of personal safety, it is a human right I believe to be as close to absolute as it gets.

Here is a wonderful quote from John Stuart Mill as cited by Ibn Warraq in his introduction to the book, Why I Am Not a Muslim.

But 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…. We can never be sure that the opinion that we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinoin; and if we were, stifling would be an evil still.

– John Stuart Mill


Posted on December 2, 2012, in Daily Awesome!, Philosophy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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