• “Only error fears freedom of expression…”

Marketplace of Thought:


Marketplace in Siauliai, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky

“I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as steppingstones to progress. We should of course respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent – if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression…” Hugh B. Brown


4 thoughts on “• “Only error fears freedom of expression…”

    • I really should have posted something more encouraging than a mere fleeting acknowledgement of your status as a terrific intellect, so that I could skip right to a jocular comment about human nature.

      After all, your post here is easily accessible in it’s brevity and clarity.

      In such a short space, it taps some key elements of intellectual rigor, such as the quest to be informed, and courage to dissent. And correcting intellectual errors – like my initial comment.

      I hold you and your intellectual endeavors in high esteem. Please accept my apology?

  1. I get in arguments with Atheists often about freedom of expression. Too many of them allow a sort of freedom to express but are not truly adventurous in their own explorations. I hear the refrain constantly that many of them do not hate religion in every situation, but few o them actually talk that way. The laziness of catch-all statements like “All religious leaders are evil” somehow seems to be over the heads of many people. And in their unwillingness to step back and consider that their lack of precision might contribute to the overall problem of misunderstanding is what I attack. I see it as an extension of “Only error fears freedom of expression.” Only Greed fears offering others the right to speak without criticism.

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