I think I will put this here and let the powers that be decide if it needs to be moved. I am not sure where I picked it up. I am thinking someone on this forum mentioned the book and I ran it down. Reading it is raising a multitude of questions.
"Freedom of Thought and the Forces Against It" by John Bagnall Bury.
The author starts with the idea that no one can stop us from thinking our own thoughts and having our own opinions. The problem rises from the fact that most of us, having an opinion, feel it absolutely necessary to express it. The problem rises because everyone else also has his own opinions and feels a need to express those - and, obviously, a need to impose them on others.
So, the first question is where do we draw the line? There are those who feel that a person with a new idea or opinion should be silenced. (The Inquisition? A discussion among a group of people?) We've overcome the notion of inquisitions. Have we overcome the need to silence the person in the group who wants to present a new idea or question an old one?
I have not yet read all of the book. I may find an answer that has been bouncing around my head for some time. Is it appropriate in rreference to this book? The question: How do we deal with the person who feels that, if he finds a law or rule "unfair" (in his opinion), he does not have to obey it?
We have all seen such situations but what has me thinking about it is how the Supreme Court is having to decide about a lot of new ideas that certain groups have implemented against society's rules. What philosophy enables us to accept new ideas of which we definitely do not approve or which we consider totally out of bounds? Because, if we are going to allow the new ideas and let them survive despite our wishes, we definitely need a new philosophy that makes us comfortable. Otherwise we see the wars of words or worse.
I hope I am making sense with this because I'd like much to hear some opinions from those who may read or have read this or a similar book. I think Chapter I is a good starting point.