That said, it is horrific when one side on an issue wants to shut down opposing views and not allow those opposing views to see the light of day. If their views are correct, what are they afraid of? Why are they afraid of weaker positions? This smacks of totalitarian rubbing out of dissent.
The rubbing out of dissent has emerged in the debate over vaccines and autism.
David Jensen emails to inform:
Robert De Niro has a son with autism and he announced his intention to
air the premier of the documentary VAXXED at his Tribeca Film Festival
in April to start, what he had hoped would be, a constructive dialogue
about the apparent connection between autism and vaccines.
The explosion of outrage (before the movie was shown anywhere) was so
loud that De Niro cancelled the Tribeca showing.
Here is an interview with the producer of VAXXED recorded two hours
before it was announced that VAXXED would not be shown at Tribeca.
The attempts to shut down speech, be the speeches occurring at a DeNiro film festival, on a college campus, or at a Trump rally, and often being done by the young, is a very dangerous sign. This is not how a society advances, it is how a society suffers and suffocates.
Speech suffocation should always be opposed by civilized human beings.