In Defense of Offensive Speech

Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institute, on why we need offensive speech. In short, if we protect one another from being offended, we’ll never end up knowing what is correct. Bad ideas are the soil out of which good ideas come.

I wish more liberals would listen to voices like Rauch’s, especially when it comes to matters of sexuality. It’s important to note that Rauch is a gay rights activist who has written¬†Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America.¬†And yet, Rauch is clear that he’d never want to see conservative voices silenced. May his tribe increase, though I doubt they will.