a man I am proud to disagree with

on issues, that is. But we agree on the meta-issue of disagreement itself:

We demonstrate our true dedication to the idea of freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression when we defend that freedom for those whose ideas we detest.

I see the attitude towards freedom of speech as the quintessential litmus test. SDB will of course use leftists as an example of those who fail, whereas I am more threatened by the rightists. The damage to democracy is the same in either case.

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