Thursday, January 24, 2013

Two Thoughts on Censorship and Activism

Manwomanmyth has a real world experience with a poster that belittles men and boys in a school setting. He has some thoughtful insights about what it means to take offence and censor words.

Arun Smith tears down a Free Speech wall at Carleton University, because it might have something hateful if left long enough.  He believes that he has the right to decide which opinions are valid.

 I think that the most ridiculous portion of his Facebook statement about his action is this:
In organizing the “free speech wall,” the Students for Liberty have forgotten that liberty requires liberation, and this liberation is prevented by providing space for either more platitudes, or for the expression of hate.
What purpose does free speech serve more important than liberation? Is anything more liberating than free speech?

Arun and others like him currently enjoy the fruits of freedom of speech that we have enjoyed in our history but now they want to cut it off. Neo-fascist identity politics idealogues are a dangerous threat to freedom of all kinds, especially when they call Free Speech a "buzzword". Want some buzzwords? How about triggering, inclusion, invalidation or marginalized communities?

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