My personal life experiences have taught me close up and personally that vigorously fighting bad ideas is crucial. Do you have any idea how many “comfortable fags” jeered at us Act Up folk because we reviled and shamed the Catholic Church? Any idea how many times serious public intellectuals hectored us and lectured us for being wrong?
Yet we persisted in fighting the established order. We told the Church and all it’s superstitiously idiotic supporters to go fuck themselves.
We told Andrew Sullivan and his collaborationist ilk to fold their ideas up until they were all sharp corners and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine.
And we were right.
We didn’t make a huge difference for good in the world because we respected bad ideas, but because we dared spit on bad ideas. Progress comes from struggle. Good comes from fighting.