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Single Idea 22829

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 3. Free speech]

Full Idea

The argument for restricting defamatory speech is that unrestricted speech makes it impossible, or too difficult, to distinguish between those who deserve a trustworthy reputation and those who don't - a distinction in society's best interests.

Gist of Idea

Allowing defamatory speech is against society's interests, by blurring which people are trustworthy


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 03)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.18

A Reaction

A nice example of appeal to the common good, in opposition to the normal freedoms of liberalism. An example of the Prisoner's Dilemma. Should assertion of the common good of a group be a prime value of liberalism?