On Opinions: Bertrand Russell's Sixth Commandment

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:01pm
On Opinions: Bertrand Russell's Sixth Commandment

The sixth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on the opinions of others.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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(6) Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.


~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."

See Russell's Fifth Commandment.

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