I believe passionately in the freedom of the individual: freedom of speech, freedom of action, freedom to believe whatever you want. Nevertheless, in a civilised society individual freedom has to be curtailed a little for the protection of everyone. You can't be free to kill or steal. Freedom of speech has to stop just short of hate-speech.
The vast majority of people are probably freer now than at any time in human history. However there are still some who try to restrict the freedom of others. Some politicians still act like dictators. There are religions who would like to stamp out all other religions, and a lack of any religion. Committed ideologists seek to stifle anyone who doesn't agree with them.
Many people feel unable to exercise their freedom, especially freedom of speech, because they are inhibited by the intolerance of some politics, religions and ideologies. On these pages I may sometimes speak in opposition to such restrictions. I may even offend some people. Well, that's OK. You are free to be offended but that doesn't give you the right to censor me. You may however add your own comments on these pages. Indeed I welcome your comments whatever they may be, just as long as they stay inside the boundaries and don't stray into so-called hate-speech.
There's a little saying that I've seen attributed to a number of originators so I don't really know who said it first, but it's a fine philosophy to follow. "I do not necessarily agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
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