I generally agree with Ms. Lamon on all of her points but feel compelled to say that the bulk of the problems she identifies are for the most part a result of age, or lack thereof. Young people often make the mistakes Lamon talks about but as they age they usually come to realize that the “absolutes” they believed in their youth are not always all that absolute. For instance: The only place in my life outside of work where I’ve experienced real speech restrictions (i.e.: political correctness) was college (granted, one of the worst places to have speech restrictions) and that was mainly because young people generally aren’t capable of dispassionately discussing issues that they felt strongly about. I’m sure that after growing up a little and experiencing the “real” world most will have learned how to keep their heads about them even when talking (and listening) about issues they are (hopefully still) passionate about.