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PCD Sessions: When the Marketplace of Ideas Sells Junk

, Virtual Meeting Room

Updated 11/10

Thursday, December 3, 2020


A live streamed event.

The marketplace of ideas was first referenced in 1919 by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. during the Supreme Court case Abrams v. United States. The majority ruling sought to prosecute an anarchist for his anti-war views under the Espionage Act of 1917. Justice Holmes Jr. dissented to this by appealing to the marketplace of ideas as an analogy for freedom of expression and speech. This powerful concept has underpinned much of First Amendment jurisprudence.

Since Freedom of speech includes the right to spread falsehoods, such as debunked scientific theories (vaccines cause autism, the Earth is flat), conspiracy theories, or misleading historical analysis, how do institutions dedicated to expanding knowledge deal with the junk in our marketplace of ideas?

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