Whatever happened to the First Amendment and the concept of a marketplace of ideas? The thinking was that the best way to sort out competing ideas was to let people say what they want and hear what they want, then decide for themselves what to believe, right?
Yet in two contentious public policy debates going on now, it appears that government officials are trying to shut down opposing viewpoints. I guess it is easy to say for someone who tends to agree with the opponents of the government on the particular issues, but don’t the people who agree with the government realize that what the government is doing is attempting to shut down competing ideas because, according to the government, those ideas are wrong?
That’s what the Inquisition did to Galileo, wasn’t it? How’d that turn out?
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