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Opinion Imagine a world where one wakes up to an unquestioning society where books are burned and opinion suppressed Such a society is described in Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury talks about a hypothetical society where freedom of speech is a myth and the minorities who disagree are killed JS Mill however disagrees with societies such as Ray Bradburys in his book On Liberty Of The Liberty Of Thought And Discussion If JS Mill were to exist in a society such as Fahrenheit 451 he would probably not agree with it In addition to JS Mills book Emily Dickinson and her poem Much Madness is Divinest Sense complement the same opposition to societies such as the one Ray Bradbury has depicted JS Mill believes that all opinions should be heard On Liberty pg76 If all mankind minus one were of one opinion mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he if he had the power would be justified in silencing mankind JS Mill is expressing that neither of the two parties has the right to suppress the others opinion not even the majority The majority could be right but then again so might the minority which is why neither can be justified in silencing the other Should one side be absolutely right then it could be justified in silencing the other The second argument made by JS Mill is why no one can be justified in silencing opinion On Liberty pg77 Those who desire to suppress it opinion of course deny its truth but they are not infallible Although someone might say anothers opinion is wrong they are still capable of error and therefore the opinion may in fact be right To deny the hearing of an opinion is to assume that ones opinion is absolutely right and that they are infallible Humans are fallible beings and therefore cannot be absolutely right and cannot be justified in silencing opinion
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