Bill Reader, at Sarah Hoyt’s blog, speaking of American democracy:
It is also remarkable in how undramatic it was in its conception, admitting the probability that people with some flawed ideas are not flawed in all ideas—that extreme measures to silence a person because of disagreement, even totally valid disagreement over things that are an existential threat to the nation, would throw many babies out with the bathwater and render the country draconian and uncomfortable in the meanwhile.
A very good point–someone having bad ideas, or at least ideas that we think are bad, does not mean that he doesn’t also have good ideas.
One thing that I have noticed about “Progressives” is that their categorization engines tend to be over-aggressive: if someone has any of the opinions/beliefs in a particular list, then it is assumed that he/she also has all other beliefs in that list. For example, IIRC, I’ve seen commenters assail our friend Bookworm for being an Evangelical Christian, whereas actually, she is Jewish. They simply cannot grasp that there might be a Trump-supporting human who is in material ways unlike their mental model of Trump supporters (uneducated, angry, anti-sex, highly-religious Christian, etc).
The quoted passage is from a very interesting essay that is worth reading in full.