In the old days, if someone was held to have a defective opinion that was crass and bigoted it was put on a platform where it could be easily refuted — if it really has no substance it becomes obvious, bigotry is ignorance and has no intellectual foundation.

In our wonderful enlightened progressive era we just “no platform” it-the bigoted opinion being anything we do not agree with and we wonder why our nation is so polarised and people just talk past each other. Some of my most interesting exchanges even here on Medium have been with people who seem 100% opposite to my view all over the place but we can still learn from each other.

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