Tystnadens spiral

Historien saknar inte visdomsord över konventionens tryck. Filosofen John Locke uttryckte detta 1690 som ”man cannot live in a society under the constant and ill opinion of his familiars and those he converses with”. Alexis de Tocqueville 1856 uttryckte det på ett liknande sätt: ”that even when people see plainly that something is wrong, they will keep quiet if public opinion and hence the consensus as to what constitues good taste and morally correct opinion speaks against them”.

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