Public Discourse In These Days Of Rage

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People yell.

People lie. Lie boldly, lie big.bullhorn

People believe that an opinion stated is, by the very fact of its utterance, a valid opinion.

I speak, therefore I am… right. Thinking optional.

A plurality of voices is a good thing. It makes for robust dialogue. Limits should be none on who gets to speak, few on what it is they get to say.

That is where the level field stops.

Opinions expressed are not inherently equal opinions. Some opinions come clouded in prejudice, superstition, racism, sexism, classism. They are warped by ignorance, hatred and fear.

Of course, such opinions are allowed. In an open and democratic society, they should even be tolerated. More importantly, treated seriously. These opinions are the building blocks of dangerous social and political movements.

Such opinions need to be confronted. No, let’s not just agree to disagree. You are wrong, critically, perilously wrong. What you’re…

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