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Raw Date: Thu, 4 Mar 93 11:09:55 PST
From: email@example.com Date: Thu, 4 Mar 93 11:09:55 PST To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: FLAME: Defending unpopular views Message-ID: <9303041909.AA20077@toad.com> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain From John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859: [I]f any opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true. To deny this is to assume our own infalliabilty .... [T]hough the silenced opinion be an error, it may, and very commonly does, contain a portion of truth; and since the general or prevailing opinion on any subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by the collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being supplied .... [E]ven if the received opinion be not only true, but the whole truth; unless it is suffered to be, and actually is, vigorously and earnestly contested, it will, by most of those who receive it, be held in the manner of a prejudice, with little comprehension [of] or feeling [for] its rational grounds.