Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mark Steyn: Expression, Identity, and the Corruption of the Academy

A really great new interview! 

My main takeaway obviously, is that right-wing men are hotter than lefty soy boys.


OK I did learn other things-mostly how sometimes the cause chooses you, that more often than not, the question isn't 'what do I want out of life' but 'what does this life want from me'.

These two are brave individuals who tell the truth.

The whole conversation is interesting, but I most like the clarion cry for talking to people civilly and having conversations.

I for one, do not like to listen to monologues or to lecture others.

I like having actual conversations, engaging in dialogue and an actual exchange of ideas. That's why Free Speech is the whole kit and caboodle.

We need to be able to discuss ideas in a civil fashion, even when (and especially when) our feelings are hurt and we disagree. We need to be unafraid to speak out, speak up and to tell the truth and to tell the jokes that keep us human.

For example, these people are clearly Jew-haters, subverting Jewish images, and Holocaust victims for their pathological antisemitism. But I wouldn't ban them, and I wouldn't ban their stupid, Jew-hating, psychopathic campaign.

I would prefer to either defeat them in the marketplace of ideas and if they are not capable of civil debate, then just walk away and say (a la Breitbart) "So?" and not let these intellectual gnats live rent-free in my head.

No subject should be off bounds. 

The very minute someone or some government bureaucrat says that something is "off limits" ("settled") or illegal for discussion, we begin a descent into totalitarianism.

As Mark Steyn has said previously, pay very close attention to the people telling you to shut up because they rule the roost.

And the bigger the Shut Up, the bigger the threat to liberty.