Monday , January 18 2021
Home / Pierre Lemieux /The Neo-Nazis and the Woke in 97 Words

The Neo-Nazis and the Woke in 97 Words

Summary:
The free speech of the neo-nazis and the woke must be defended not because their theories are true. As obvious as can be, their beliefs are non-sensical and dangerous. But, as John Stuart Mill argued in On Liberty, free speech is a rule for learning or approaching the truth, and the rule can only function and survive if selling intellectual snake oil is not banned. For if it is, you need somebody to determine for others what intellectual snake oil is. However, government subsidization of one set of ideas or the other is a recipe for disaster.

Topics:
Pierre Lemieux considers the following as important: , , , ,

This could be interesting, too:

Alberto Mingardi writes Thoughtful Pieces on the Lessons of COVID-19

David Henderson writes The Big Lesson of 2020: Government Failure

David Henderson writes Auld Lang Syne

David Henderson writes My Top 12 Blog Posts of 2020

The free speech of the neo-nazis and the woke must be defended not because their theories are true. As obvious as can be, their beliefs are non-sensical and dangerous. But, as John Stuart Mill argued in On Liberty, free speech is a rule for learning or approaching the truth, and the rule can only function and survive if selling intellectual snake oil is not banned. For if it is, you need somebody to determine for others what intellectual snake oil is.

However, government subsidization of one set of ideas or the other is a recipe for disaster.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *