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Roger Scruton: Offensive Jokes

Roger Scruton says people must feel free to express opinions and make jokes that others may find offensive - censoring them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.

Roger Scruton says we must feel free to express opinions and to make jokes that others may find offensive; censoring them them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.
"The policing of the public sphere with a view to suppressing 'racist' opinions has caused a kind of public psychosis, a sense of having to tip-toe through a minefield, and to avoid all the areas where the bomb of outrage might go off in your face."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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A Point of View: Why people shouldn't feel the need to censor themselves

A Point of View: Why people shouldn't feel the need to censor themselves

Self-censorship can be as much a threat to free speech as its government equivalent, argues Roger Scruton.

Read Roger Scruton’s article on the BBC News website

 

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