Censorship And Ignorance—The Importance Of A Free Marketplace Of Ideas
Today, people and companies are too quick to ban, block, de-platform, and dismiss disagreeable and at times offensive points of view. Yet, in an effort to create safe spaces we are ostracizing entire factions of people and their ideas while allowing our own ideas to go unchallenged. This is the definition of closed mindedness, and it makes the ideas we value less resilient and more incestuous.
We argue that a free marketplace of ideas, where we learn to peacefully listen and consider (or try to) all points of view no matter how vitriolic, is necessary to a well-functioning economy. Just as diverse genetics are requisites for physical evolution, so too are diverse ideas required for intellectual evolution.