The Cowardice of Censorship

Over at Law & Liberty, our freedom-loving doctor reacts vehemently against the removal of the excellent publication The European Conservative from the catalogue of Britain’s largest distributor of magazines after two homosexuals complained of having had their feelings hurt by a cartoon. Sound familiar?

Citizens of free countries have not only a right to be outraged, but a duty to keep their outrage within bounds. There are certain newspapers which outrage me every time I read them, for example, but it never occurs to me that I should lobby for their suppression. The problem is that where opinion is the whole of virtue, public expression of outrage is a sign of exceptional virtue—as well as being the principal joy of fanatics.

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