Jonathan Rauch Revisits Kindly Inquisitors


Jonathan Rauch revisits his book, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, in which he defended what he called "liberal science"-liberal societies' open-ended, decentralized system for developing knowledge by subjecting ideas, and often their proponents, to public criticism-from then-newfangled attacks by those who sought to protect minorities from excoriating or discriminatory speech. He believes that today the case for restricting speech in the name of tolerance is weaker than ever.