Some news sites cracking down on over-the-top comments • Obama suggests sense of powerlessness in confronting the world’s evils • Scary people downtown • An angry young man, and divine intervention •
She thinks like I do.
Related: Free Speech Handbook
In “recycling” these old posts, my practice has normally been to reproduce the whole post. In this instance, I’ll merely link to it:
What got me at this writing was this passage, which strikes me as awfully current:
“Josh Barro is one of those who just didn’t get it. To me, the whole row has been about free speech. It is unacceptable in this country that mere shifts of the zeitgeist should force an individual’s conscience; that we should become a thought-police state.”
That was dated 01/11/14. I’m struck that we may now be at greater risk than ever, of becoming a thought-police state.
Over the weekend, I very nearly un-Friended a church member on Facebook.
This woman is a pillar of the congregation, exceptionally gifted, and holds several important offices. But she frequents certain web sites that spew forth racial hatred, and she Likes certain items, and they show up in my Timeline. I will never voluntarily expose myself to such material. (Related: Change your diet.) There can be no dialogue with it: even to take it seriously is poisonous to my soul.
One can choose, however, what one pays attention to.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a troll.
There may be no lawful way to silence them, but those persons and organizations (such as Young Republicans) who sponsor them, hire them, and give them gratuitous platforms, may be persuaded that the nation deserves better.
That’s the law.
Accordingly, this speech I just heard a mother direct to her one-year old:
“Shut the fuck up. Yo’ little punk ass always cryin’ an shit.”
First point: Do I have a right to be offended by that? Do I have a right to say it offends me?
Second point: Look at the exact words used. As with many people I meet from day to day, the words they use indicate conclusively that their lives revolve around their privates.
Related: The Word of the Day