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