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You can and you should.., 30 Jan 2012
Nick Cohen has done it again - identifying the issue we dare not name. A worthy addition to the growing "telling the truth even though no one wants to admit there's a problem" genre.
Having recommended "What's Left" to everyone I know -the bar for his new book was set high but he has cleared it, with room to spare, with his attack on society's increasing cowardice towards freedom of expression and thought. You Can't Read This Book is entertaining and terrifying in its honesty and caustic approach and no one gets a free ride - not the famous, the infamous, the academic, the religious, ideological or promiscuous. He defies us to see that values aren't valuable if we aren't prepared to fight for them
Confronting the danger posed by self-censorship, and the blatant chutzpah of those who would defend it as a way to dissuade all debate and critical thought, can not be overstated. We can only hope that a discussion will finally start about the right of everyone to offend everyone equally especially when that means speaking unpopular truth. Threats of violence and threats of deeper pockets should never make us waiver from taking on the bullies.
As George Washington said - If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter..