Banning Steve Bannon: Why the echo chamber is the enemy of democracy

The decision of Mr David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, to rescind the invitation to Mr Steve Bannon to speak at the magazine's festival next month has created a storm of protest. Those who abhor Mr Remnick's decision point to similar controversies on university campuses, where a pervasive question has been whether to host people whose statements or actions seem abhorrent to many people. 

Disturbingly, most of the controversies involve people whose views are to the right of centre. Let's step back from the details and ask some bigger questions: Which ideas, if any, are beyond the pale?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'Banning Steve Bannon: Why the echo chamber is the enemy of democracy'. Print Edition | Subscribe