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How much free speech can we afford?

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Okay, quote me John Stuart Mill, John Milton’s Areopagitica, and the US Constitution’s First Amendment on free speech. I do hope you read the originals first, rather than citing Wikipedia.

Those sources have led to the extreme contemporary view of free speech. If you restrict one view you don’t like or disagree with, their ideological progenies claim, you are on a slippery slope to regulating or banning speeches. There are no nuances and conditions for them. Bad consequences, so what? That’s the price you pay for free speech. If you censor a single speech, sooner or later, they will come and cut out your tongue.

It’s an unconditional, absolutist view, one widely shared among Hong Kong’s opposition, the pan-democrats and their supporters. It’s the same argument they used........

© South China Morning Post