Patriotism & Ethics

Patriotism & Ethics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ...for a moment compare with' Johannesburg. Ibid. p. 58. ' If all mankind, minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. ' All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility. Its condemnation may be allowed to rest on this common argument, not the worse for being common. ' If the opinion is right those who dissent from it 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 livlier impression of truth produced by its collision with error. ' If either of the two opinions has a better claim than the other, not merely to be tolerated but to be encouraged and countenanced, it is the one which happens at the particular time and place to be in the minority. That is the opinion which for the time being represents the neglected interests, the side of human well-being which is in danger of obtaining less than its share.' But the invasion of liberty which has recently taken place in England is more than an attack on freedom of speech; it is an attack upon constitutional government. What Mill was contending for was the indefeasible title of liberty, and the full purport of his argument is to establish that the people have no right to impose legal limitation to discussion. But what we have witnessed has been the suppression of freedom of speech, not by the law but in defiance of the law; the act has not simply been one of intolerance, it has been criminal in its nature. And it is this defiance of the law, this penal act, which has been palliated by the press, extenuated by the Government, applauded by...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676084
  • 9781236676085