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On Liberty by Tucker Peck

In On Liberty, John Stuart Mill vehemently defends all forms of free speech and argues for the free expression of absolutely any opinion. On silencing an opinion, Mill says:

If the opinion is right, [the general public] 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 (23).

The most common contention to Mill’s unlimited advocacy of freedom to express any opinion is that some people believe in hurting other people, and the expression and spread of such views could lead to peoples acting on these opinions, which would result in injury or death that could be prevented by successful suppression of these ideas…