In his celebrated essay ‘On Liberty’, John Stuart Mill asserts that “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
The issue of freedom of expression is one of the most contentious issues in liberal societies. To what extent, if any, should the widely-endorsed principle of free speech be tempered by a corresponding sense of civic responsibility? Is it okay to express ideological beliefs regardless of how offensive they may be to others? How do we defend and promote tolerance whilst protecting the doctrine of free speech? Perhaps you believe compromise is the soul of democracy. Perhaps you don’t.
Do white supremacists have the right to march in a black neighbourhood?