Shouting down speakers doesn’t work

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ari Cohn

“Shouting down a speaker whose values you oppose does nothing to convince others that his ideas are wrong, and deprives those who might be susceptible to those beliefs from the opportunity, as John Stuart Mill put it, of ‘exchanging error for truth’ or even simply questioning their own beliefs. … shouting down a speaker you disagree with actively harms the development of ‘core skills’ such as analysis, critical thinking, and rigorous debate. And while it may feel good at the time, it is ultimately not only selfish, but also self-harming.” (10/24/17)