A qualitative difference
Irritated readers of Talking Philosophy are emailing me to scold me about the removed post on debating David Irving, so just to make things clear: I have nothing to do with TP, I can’t post there, I have no access to the equipment, I don’t make decisions; it’s nothing to do with me. I didn’t take the post down. I work for the magazine, but I have no connection with the blog.
The deniers have the post here.)
I went to the central library today (Sunday) to get Deborah Lipstadt’s Denying the Holocaust and Richard Evans’s Lying About Hitler. Lipstadt says something very apposite to Julian’s question (‘Should I debate a Holocaust denier?) on page 26.
There is a qualitative difference between barring someone’s right to speech and providing him or her with a platform from which to deliver a message.
And it’s a difference that a lot of people, probably especially in the US, have a hard time keeping in mind.