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Mill's Philosophy of Free Speech, Radical Democracy, and Trump

In his classic treatise, "On Liberty," JS Mill makes some very powerful claims about free speech and radical democracy. Mill argues that individuals must be absolutely free to express their opinions, no matter how obnoxious, emotionally challenging, or offensive. Only opinions that lead to direct physical harm can legitimately be censored. Mill argues that this position empowers ALL individuals and, equally important, is essential to the creation of a strong, vital democratic political space. In our most recent episode, "Mill's Philosophy of Free Speech, Radical Democracy, and Trump," we argue that the current political environment is a fascinating example of Mill's theory about free speech and the creation of an intense, combative, and reflective democratic society. Do we have the intellectual and emotional courage to enact and live through Mill's account of free speech and democracy? 

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