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The fragility of freedom of speech
  1. Nicholas Shackel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicholas Shackel, Department of Philosophy, Cardiff University, ENCAP Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU, UK; shackeln{at}


Freedom of speech is a fundamental liberty that imposes a stringent duty of tolerance. Tolerance is limited by direct incitements to violence. False notions and bad laws on speech have obscured our view of this freedom. Hence, perhaps, the self-righteous intolerance, incitements and threats in response to Giubilini and Minerva. Those who disagree have the right to argue back but their attempts to shut us up are morally wrong.

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