Jonathan Rauch Revisits Kindly Inquisitors

Jonathan Rauch revisits his
book, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought,
in which he defended what he called “liberal science”-liberal
societies’ open-ended, decentralized system for developing
knowledge by subjecting ideas, and often their proponents, to
public criticism-from then-newfangled attacks by those who sought
to protect minorities from excoriating or discriminatory speech. He
believes that today the case for restricting speech in the name of
tolerance is weaker than ever.

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from Hit & Run

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