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 oppurtunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer the perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

“John Stewart Mill – 1859”


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