Il faut être Charlie

11 Jan

I’m feeling a bit embarrassed now about the tagline of my last post (December 20th).  Today the French have an even greater right to be miserable than they did before the shocking events of last Wednesday. I’m not sure from what I’ve seen of them that the cartoons in Charlie Hebdo had any point to them that was worth going to the stake for, but to slightly misquote the great French philosopher Voltaire, I do defend their right to publish them. Unlike Voltaire I don’t think I’d be prepared to defend that right to the death, but I greatly respect the journalists of Charlie Hebdo who thought differently. At the moment freedom of expression seems to me to be far more important than individual happiness. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: