What the overly sensitive, earnest and censorious Left and the upstart, troublemaking Alt-Right both have in common is a propensity to simply resort to name calling and demonisation at the expense of actual debate. Of course they are all perfectly free to do that but it hardly instils faith in either point of view if free speech equals screaming and pointing at each other from their respective battlements.

Perhaps acknowledgement from both sides that pigeonholing into ideological camps is less than useful when trying to speak and listen freely and a recognition that the minority extreme views from both sides are non-representative of the majority. As always the everyday reality is never black and white but grey and nuanced and lies somewhere in the middle — much to the chagrin the headline grabbing name-callers and absolutists on both sides.

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