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June 25, 2019
I have to wonder how many of them even know who Karl Popper was. There are many posts these days with cartoons of Karl Popper’s paradox of tolerance, but they’ve got it wrong. They ignore a key sentence of what Popper wrote: “I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise.” This does not support bans of hate speech – rather Popper would seem to call such laws “unwise.”