Freedom Of Speech

Our right to Free Speech is under threat:

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. Winston’s heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

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2 Responses to “Freedom Of Speech”

  1. technomist Says:

    Freedom is also the freedom to say that two plus two make three. People should be entitled to be wrong from time to time without being totally demonised in every aspect of their lives.

  2. ianrthorpe Says:

    Right, the point Orwell was making throughout 1984 was that under a totalitarian regime if the authorities declate two and two makes five or “the science is settled,” there is no arguing with that.

    We all have the right to be wrong and must fight to defend it.

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