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Free Speech: Lefty Twitter And The Ideas Police

by | 13th, November 2014

Freddie deBoer on the you-can’t-say-that moraliser who police free speech on twitter:

“It may be tempting to embrace the violent power of the state as the solution to ideas and expression you find hateful and ugly… Whether the elites that so credulously embrace the notion of empowering the police state to squash harassment like it or not. And it may be tempting to embrace the coercive power of large corporations to limit speech online. But I promise you: that power will also be used against you by your antagonists, who are opportunistic and learn quickly.

“Lefty Twitter might be obsessed with policing language. But they won’t actually get to do the policing themselves. Instead, they will hand that work off to the same broken institutions and corrupt authorities that they themselves have diagnosed as broken and corrupt. And that is one of these fundamental, existential paradoxes within contemporary left-wing orthodoxy today: simultaneously recognizing that we live within structures of intrinsic, intentional inequality and injustice, and yet forever ready to abandon that skepticism towards those structures when it seems convenient to do so.”

Free speech. No buts…



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