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DN Opinion. Listen to the extreme opinions is the only way to change

the Presenter Navid Modiri has received sharp criticism from a number of established media that he conversed with the debater Ingrid Carlqvist in his pod, ”How can we”, they mean should not be interviewed on the basis of extremist opinions.

It is sad to see the same old mistakes continue to be made in the fight against the opinions that is perceived to be sympathetic, to try and silence the people who think so. There is only one way to dismantle a perception that is false. It is with something that is true.

once, many years ago, revealed to a friend that he read about and started to believe in what is commonly known as the neo-nazi conspiracy theories, even if it was not the words he himself chose. I was already loaded up on the topic and knew about the shortcomings of the theories.

inside. I understood that if he, nice, cheerful and intelligent, could fall victim to these claims, so could anyone. After this started a long involvement for me in various forms to respond to the xenophobic conspiracy theories.

Almost all of the theories, which paints a different group of people as oppressors or exploiters, has conspiratorial elements. They describe the other group as a conscious and structured oppression of their own group.

There are a lot of research on why some have easier to take such ideas and how you can help them out of it. Unlike what many people believe, there are some who buy the ideas that they simply not got the whole picture.

jerked out of context to fit the agenda of the respective theory, and this group actually goes to help to see a larger part of reality. What you need to do is to get the person to like to listen. There is no better way to get a person to want to listen to you than to first listen to the person.

I have seen people go from fully believing in conspiracy theories that can be described as xenophobic to themselves begin to question them. They have done it from only a couple of calls where I first listen, and gives him the right in the details which is actually right, and then respond to the other allegations with facts which is access to, of course, with the source.

It requires commitment and time. I have been forced to honestly listen to the ideas and then dig even deeper. But so far, no final score kept of any racist conspiracy theory when I passed the entire fly line out of the arguments for and against.

that happens when people with silly ideas hushed up, you are silencing them from expressing the thoughts that are logical and fully relevant. All the ideas are mixed in a restive soup will arrive, where they listened to. Rarely in a reflective context.

the Truth has a remarkable ability to win his own fight when you honestly open yourself to listen to those whose opinions you loathe. It created an environment where in the long run, the false claims are revealed, the narrow-minded approach to stop sprouting and the right becomes the right.

It is no coincidence that in countries where freedom of expression is valued as the strongest, so is the real racist views which are at least widespread. But it requires courage from you. It requires open ears.

more to counter racism and hostility between the polarized groups than perhaps any other has done in modern time in Sweden. He does it not by silence opinions we hate. He does it by letting the hated ideas reveal its own flaws – with honesty, respect for the human person, and the truth as a tool.

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