A friend of ours read a response that I wrote to the great ColorStorm (here) and demanded that I immediately post it as a part of our “Pithy Passages” series. He thought it was a great point, and promised to bring it up in his next radio program. Here is it, with some editing… my response to CS was mostly off-the-cuff:
How would many of the entrenched beliefs of today fare if there were two limitations on their presentation to others: (1) You couldn’t kill the dissident, and (2) You couldn’t shut the dissident up?
Frankly, I think that quite a lot of the ideas that have great popularity today wouldn’t survive more than several short years beyond their arrival on the scene.
I’m talking, of course, about things like Atheism, Socialism/Fascism/Communism (the founders and practitioners of these last three all largely admitted my point by killing or silencing all their opponents), Environmentalism, Evolution, Statism, Abortion, Euthanasia, Collectivism, Eugenics, and more…