This contribution uses focus groups to evaluate the extent to which ex-combatants in Liberia adhere to ideals of pluralism. Specifically, this involves their views on dissent or freedom of speech as well as the role of the opposition in Liberia. How do they deal with criticism at an individual level as well as the level of the state? While the ex-combatants recognized the ideal of freedom of speech, and indeed linked that to their definition of democracy, they shun open criticism, largely because of a fear of conflict and violence. The political context of Liberia, does not, to them, appear stable enough to handle an open conflict of opinion.