I Was Liberated by the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’. Por Max Diamond.
Some, like Weiss, worry that we are now living in a culture “where there are no gatekeepers at all”—where there are no longer people who are clearly beyond the pale and who ought not to be given a platform. Weiss criticizes the intellectual dark web for not acting as gatekeepers and drawing such boundaries. But hoping that other people take the burden of drawing intellectual boundaries takes that responsibility off of the individual. The point of becoming educated is to become intellectually free: capable oneself of judging a Jordan Peterson from a Milo Yiannopoulos from a Jared Taylor, and more simply, of distinguishing a well-evidenced and well-reasoned idea from a bad one. The intellectual dark web influenced me less in regard to specific propositions and far more in my ability to reflect upon my own assumptions. That is, these thinkers have helped me become educated so that I can decide for myself what is reasonable without the aid of “guardians”—whether professors, mainstream journalists, college students, or Paul Krugman. When college protesters silence speakers, the concern is not they have the drawn boundary of reasonable speech too thin, but rather that they are undermining individuals’ ability to become educated: to learn, and to decide for themselves what are reasonable and unreasonable ideas.