We Can Know What’s False. But We Shouldn’t Censor It

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Matt Hampton

“If we grant any central authority the power to decide for everyone what is ‘true,’ it gives them the opportunity to distort facts for their own purposes. Even if this authority is not malicious, it will at least mean that the consequences of any innocent mistakes they make will fall on all of society. Who do you trust with this responsibility? Is it the scientific authorities? Is it the political authorities, who charged people for opposing wars in the past, and who want to do the same today? Is it the social media companies and journalists who make biased and incorrect decisions? This is why, ultimately, it is irrelevant whether things being censored are false. The power to censor false things allows you to censor true things just as easily.” (04/26/22)