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.