If your big idea is “People who are different from me aren’t smart enough to have a rational debate,” you don’t get to act shocked when people don’t want to have a rational debate with you.

6 thoughts on “Protest

  1. Ought not even ideas from individuals that you find despicable be brought out in the open to be debated and exposed? Cockroaches scurry from light and the best way to eradicate them is to force into the open so they can be squashed. Otherwise they just stay in dark corners and multiply.

    • There are few ideas in human history older than the belief that humanity can be divided into superior and inferior kinds. If exposure and debate were enough to quash such an idea, it would be quashed by now. I see no benefit to giving bigotry the legitimacy of an academic platform.

      • And yet these ideas continue to fester, like an unhealthy fungus. If we are to continue to cherish the idea of free thought and free expression, the fetor of this casuistry will come up. It must be met and exposed every time. I know this is a hackneyed phrase (even in Hackney, I suspect), but “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

      • I certainly wouldn’t counsel doing nothing, but you and I have different ideas about what the most useful thing to do is. And that’s good. Big problems need more than one answer, so keep doing what you do.

  2. I would be even more worried by the argument “people like you and me are better than those people over there”. In that can not to object to the proposition is likely to be interpreted as agreement – very worrying for “those people over there”.

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