We are emphatically not a “fact checker,” though at times we may give that appearance. Our mission is more important and more difficult: Facilitating operation of a “marketplace of ideas” by providing a forum for rational discussion of contemporary political issues. This is sometimes known as the “counter speech” approach. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis established it in his classic concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927), when he wrote:
“If there be time to expose through discussion, the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
Some people today, both liberals and conservatives, try to shut up those who disagree with them. Our approach is exactly the opposite: The best way to get at the truth is to encourage those who disagree with you to say whatever you want. Each side critiques the other, and onlookers decide which is more persuasive.
A difficult mission? No doubt. Our philosophy is that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. After getting a start here to demonstrate the intended direction, we will be seeking allies in this effort.
Jerry Lawson currently operates this project. We are soliciting other contributors from all ends of the political spectrum.