Paine’s take on freedom of speech

On 24/04/2010, in Thoughts, by Bram

You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

Thomas PaineW in his The Age of ReasonW

Very impressed by Paine’s thinking on this matter. Regretfully anno 2010 a lot of people, especially in the Netherlands, seem to take a different opinion when talking about freedom of speech.


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