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Does the marketplace of ideas work?

It is said that truth is found where opinions intersect. The marketplace of ideas is the figurative town thoroughfare where zealots and intellectuals barter, subjecting their ideas to the gauntlet of public debate. Much how the best goods and services may rise to the top in a free market economy through innovation and competition, truth and the soundest ideas and philosophies may rise to prominence through rigorous and honest questioning. But is it really that simple? Does it work?

Yes, the marketplace of ideas works

First formulated by John Stuart Mill in his 1859 book "On Liberty", the marketplace theory for the natural flow of ideas is a pillar of first amendment jurisprudence with basis in hundreds of court decisions. Modern censorship in the online age have cemented further the necessity of a laissez-faire marketplace of ideas in a liberty minded society.

A century of legal basis

The U.S. Supreme Court and lesser courts have invoked the marketplace in hundreds of cases in defense of free speech. Explore

The marketplace of ideas works, but is compromised

Biased education and media in the online age have sabotaged the trade of ideas. Explore

No, the marketplace of ideas does not work

It is irrelevant in this day and age

The marketplace of ideas, while once relevant, does not translate to the online age. Explore

Intellectual oligopoly

An unregulated market economy disproportionately benefits a select few and so does an unregulated market of ideas. Explore

The empathic fallacy

Retreading ground

If it worked, society would see and accept the truth instead of retreading the same ground. Explore
This page was last edited on Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 09:15 UTC