Interlude: How to be Politically Correct Without being a Whiny Prat

Day 26. 91 pages, 43,645 words.

Here’s an interesting video that basically sums up my thoughts on opinions, conservatism vs. liberalism, and the whole concept of “safe areas”. As if this blog hasn’t made said position clear enough already, over the years.

Jacob Williams: ‘Easily-offended students reported me to the police’ – Editor of Oxford magazine No Offence talks to spiked about campus censorship and fighting back for free speech.

See, to my mind, the stunt they’re talking about is perfectly politically correct and sensitive of everyone’s feelings, and the response completely out of line. I didn’t bother to track down the actual flier of “offensive” views, but I find it hard to imagine that it would be a neo-Nazi manifesto. And if it was, are we not strong enough in our ideology to rip it to shreds without crying and demanding it be banned, cast from our poor tender eyes?

It calls to mind a fun discussion about the Soldiers of Odin I hosted on Facebook the other day (I say I hosted it, rather than simply making an opinionated post on my wall and getting a bunch of comments – it sounds classier). It relates back to my earlier rant about the mob molestations that, you know, didn’t happen.


Too long? Don’t read. But I slipped a killer Doctor Who reference in there that I think deserves accolades.

I figured it was time to be even-handed, to have a discussion and still maintain my point of view. Because that’s possible, when you’re rational and have rational friends and family. It’s unfortunate that this is such a rare commodity.

Because if you’re not even-handed, where does that leave you? If you leap to the defence of one group of people who are being accused of some blanket wrongdoing, but flatly denounce another group for the crimes of a small number of them, what do you have? Well, you have a perfectly natural human bias, I suppose … but you’re also giving the opposition ammunition to call you out for a double standard. You can’t have it both ways, as I say here.

The beginning of this week has been bollocks and full of distractions. I’m getting some editing done, though.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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10 Responses to Interlude: How to be Politically Correct Without being a Whiny Prat

  1. dreameling says:

    Good video. Agreed.

    Did I read the whole Facebook screencap? Shit, no.

  2. brknwntr says:

    Why is discussion even necessary? Why don’t more people just stop being @&#%s (please insert four letter insult most common to your geographical location) on their own. Why do we even engage with these people? And why do social justice warriors give a flying rat turd about ALL opinions. If they restricted themselves to just throwing a hussy for when it MATTERED I might care and listen. Instead, everytime you pitch a fit because I, or someone else, didn’t share your opinion on a trivial matter, I shut you out. These people are just as much the issue as those actually BEING @#%$s (please insert four letter insult most commonly used I’m your geographical area.)

    As an aside, j haven’t eaten yet today, and I’m grumpy and irrational. This string of thought may not be presented well, or logically. Don’t point it out.

    @%#& (please insert four letter handily most relevant to your geographical location. Sideways)

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