Error and even malice are the price of freedom

In the realm of intellectual freedom, writes Dalrymple,

it is not truth that sets you free, but error, or rather the permissibility of error.

The freedom to tell lies

is one of the most basic freedoms. There can be no freedom without it.

Dalrymple points out that at Western universities, young people

encounter a narrow, powerfully self-reinforcing view of the world.

The pressure to conform

adds to the natural self-righteousness of youth, which is often mistaken for idealism, and young people’s impulse to censor in the name of their irreproachable virtue is strengthened and entrenched.

The long-term prospects for freedom of speech, Dalrymple notes,

are not altogether rosy. Those who value it are less vehement in their defence of it than are the self-righteous in their assault on it.

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