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What is the value of toleration?

Is the defence of free speech and toleration merely another name for indifference, asks Piers Benn

By Piers Benn  

John Stuart Mill's calssic work On Liberty informs much of our thinking on toleration

Many people living in liberal societies take it for granted that toleration and freedom of expression are positives. They support the view that no one has the right to impose their political, religious or moral views on others; that almost all views have the right to be heard, and especially, that no one should be hounded by the law, censored or ostracised simply…

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