Nothing should be censored – not even Mein Kampf

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This is the text of a lecture given by Brendan O’Neil at the European Students for Liberty conference at Humboldt University in Berlin on 16 March 2014.

 

On 16 March, I was invited to give a lecture on the German censorship of Mein Kampf and the importance of freedom of speech at the European Students for Liberty conference at Humboldt University in Berlin. My speech is published below.

Many people think that freedom of speech is all about the freedom of the speaker.

They think that freedom of speech is all about the rights of the person who wants to make a speech, or publish a pamphlet, or write a book, or in some other way express his views.

And it’s understandable that we think this way about freedom of speech. After all, the very name of this freedom – freedom of speech – suggests that it is wholly concerned with th

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