Dear Millennials, Dilettantes, and other Self Appointed Experts: You Are Not Entitled to Your Opinion

You’re not entitled to it until you earn it.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse. – Patrick Stokes

Stokes wrote that in 2012.  It’s even truer now.