Why I’m Happy That We’re on Parler
Parler users have a reputation for being more conservative than users on other platforms, and more conservative than we are. It’s hard to know for certain, since it’s hard to experience a whole platform; and I’m sure many Parler readers (at least the ones who would read our posts there) are pretty similar to many of our current readers. But let’s stipulate to Parler’s being more conservative. Let’s even stipulate that there are some people on Parler who have views that I not only disagree with, but outright revile.
I’m still very glad to have our blog posts automatically echoed there (where we have, at least notionally, over 90,000 subscribers), as they are on Twitter (both at @VolokhC). That’s true for three related reasons.
[1.] I publish this blog because I want to spread our ideas. I’m not terribly picky about who reads us; generally speaking, the more readers, the merrier. (I do think the comments at Parler so far haven’t been as substantive as the best of our comments here, but my experience has been that the Parler echoing hasn’t substantially affected the Reason comment threads.)
And indeed I want us to be read by people who don’t agree with us. Say there are some people on Parler who have what we view as benighted ideas on this or that. Say some of them are racists or anti-Semites or ignora
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