“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
You're a beacon of light in the darkness and I am encouraged by your honest pragmatic courage. Thank you for the inspiration!
‘intellectual freedom is a deep-rooted tradition without which our characteristic western culture could only doubtfully exist. From that tradition many of our intellectuals are visibly turning away’...That’s the main reason I stopped watching Fox because their advertising is controlled by Big Pharma thus they fired Tucker who questioned vaccine effectiveness. On the other side of spectrum, I refuse to subscribe/watch YouTube because they censor RFK Jr.
The fact that Orwell had such stellar insights makes it all the more disappointing that he didn't quite see them through to their logical conclusion in his political philosophy; this qualifier on support for freedom of speech is an example. Another is his embrace of socialism, despite the huge power it entrusts to government. But, let him who has never embraced silly ideas cast the first stone, and Orwell, who died relatively young, might have seen through some of them if he had had the time to do so.
Thanks for another thought-provoking essay.