Not all opinions are created equal

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  1. Bradley says:

    I completely agree with the idea that Milo is fundamentally wrong, and that his ideas are dangerous. But I have a difficult time accepting the argument that the only way to deal with someone who says something we do not like is to prevent that person from speaking at all. However morally indefensible his ideas may be, we must remember that Yiannopoulos has a major following. To disregard those ideas as being unworthy of free speech protection is, in my opinion, a peculiar decision, especially given the current political landscape. His followers already feel like their views are marginalized, and that they should just disregard the media as being against them. Would we not have a better chance of convincing those people we are on their side by debating them? By proving we are correct through a respectful, and fair, argument of facts and ideas? That sounds like a much more effective way to address his platform and followers than by shutting him down and feeding into his narrative of being oppressed for exercising his free speech rights. Further, how can we say that Yiannopoulos needs to be stopped without also offering the same criticism to protestors who lit fires in response to him speaking? Should we not be equally concerned with people who resort to violence to limit speech they do not like? Where do we draw a line there?

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