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Follow up query

Posted to Poetry and Politics

The truthfulness of the story aside, do you think it was a good thing that the WSJ printed such an article, on the reasoning that it is better to have people's prejudices on display so we openly discuss them and get to the root and maybe even solve them>

Or is it a bad thing that it ran because it potentially inflames racist feeling toward Arabs, and it would be better if those feelings were kept under wraps?

I think this sort of gets at the core of Free Speech; is this just another product in the marketplace of ideas, and we can count on the fact of its idiocy that it won't sell, or is this the equivalent of crying 'Fire' in a crowded theater?