It’s not enough to hold opinions like property. It’s not enough just to listen to opinions,
as though the world were an all-night, call-in radio program.
A true absence of censorship includes the right to make up our own minds, to change our minds,
to act carefully on the basis of our judgment. All this takes time.
It means putting up with a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous nonsense,
but refuted dangerous nonsense is less perilous than tolerantly ignored dangerous nonsense.
And all this is inefficient. It makes taking other people seriously and expecting to be taken seriously in our turn.
And all this might be too much to expect, given our system of censoring incoming information, ideas, and language.
- J. Kates