Kevin Barrett: Why the War on Conspiracy Theories is Bad Public Policy

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Kevin Barrett

Why the War on Conspiracy Theories Is Bad Public Policy

Scientific evidence for the value of dissent is beautifully summarized in Charlan Nemeth’s In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business (Basic Books, 2018). Nemeth, a psychology professor at UC-Berkeley, summarizes decades of research on group dynamics showing that groups that feature passionate, radical dissent deliberate better, reach better conclusions, and take better actions than those that do not—even when the dissenter is wrong.

Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman.

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