Monday, February 06, 2006

The free society is its procedures

Oliver Kamm makes a fundamental distinction, one that is too often forgotten.

The defence of a free society is the defence of its procedures, not its output. Some of that output will be offensive and much will be valueless. We have a right to criticise it, and a moral obligation never, never to complain that our hurt feelings require its suppression.

(via Samizdata)

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