The argument Rusbridger is putting forward is simplistic and, in my opinion, wrong: the only way to defeat vile speech – misinformation, propaganda, hate speech and so on – is with more speech. That may be true in the debating halls of a university but it absolutely isn’t true in the wider world, where misinformation, propaganda and hate speech thrive and have demonstrable real-world effects.
I’m currently reading How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, which goes into some detail about the dehumanisation of minorities.
The alternative on offer is that some group – no, leave alone that this is a loud voice on the subject of trans etc, stick with just any view, any voice, any controller – gets to decide what is true, what may be said, and impose that on everyone.
Which is just what the fascists – all totalitarians – did. Decide that there was only the one set of beliefs that may be uttered aloud.
Fighting fascism by being fascist lacks a certain logic to it.