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Let the Battle of Ideas Fight in the Open
Friend, ahem, comrade of the stack,recently posted a note suggesting a UFC-style debate between several accounts/individuals on the Substack platorm.
Among ones relevant to this ‘Stack is one betweenand ’s Emily Atkin and her team.
I’m a subscriber to both Substacks.
Doomberg’s ‘Stack has admittedly a steep, yet worthy monetary cost while Heated’s is free. I also happen to agree with the majority of what Doomberg has to say, nodding in approval almost to the point of pain to what he and his team have to say. As for Heated, the almost to the point of pain part still applies but not to nodding in approval, but to the eye-rolling and nodding disapprovingly. (Yin doesn’t equal yang. )
Accuse me of having a bias: it’s not a completely unjustifiable accusation.
What’s promoted as fact over there at Heated is what both myself andwould call is straight-up misinformation.
On the other hand, even though I believe that what most of what’s presented on Heated is incorrect, as in Enemy-of Californians and vomit-inducing-Newsom brownosing coastal elitist woke garbage-level incorrect: Emily (and her co-author’s) views have every right to be out there in the public for all to see.
I further concede to the great John Stuart Mill who wrote:
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Perhaps the Heated team disagrees (hopefully not), but there’s only one way to find out.
But why not let others interested decide for themselves?, disagreeing with much of what has to say also wrote:
I disagree with many of Yuri’s ideas, thank goodness we can debate them mostly civilly (I am prone to would-be wittier-than-thou sneers, likewise to self-serving faux self-awareness ;)
this is a good idea.
I think both are honest people and such a discussion, not a debate, would be worthy.