20 Aug Idi Amin
“There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech.”
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a well-functioning state, unlike Uganda when Idi Amin ruled it. Considering many independent perspectives allows us the wisest choices (the wisdom of the crowd). Today, however, often there is no freedom after speech as unpopular opinions are denied social media access or those who voice their opinions are marginalized and attacked by those uncomfortable with perspectives that don’t comport with their own. This is how a state begins to slide into monolithic thinking and loses its ability to adapt to changing circumstances which ultimately leads to its demise.