It’s complicated….

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“We have created this social media system for ourselves where the only way to survive is to either be bland or silent”

- Jon Ronson, Channel 4 News, 17 March 2015

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“We have created this social media system for ourselves where the only way to survive is to either be bland or silent”

- Jon Ronson, Channel 4 News, 17 March 2015

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“This odd hell that childhood is, where you can be going through something in very close proximity to your parents, and they still can’t help you. You still can’t really tell anyone about it. It’s obsessed me, not just him, but generally that problem of childhood.”

- Graham Linehan, This American Life Episode 314.

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“This odd hell that childhood is, where you can be going through something in very close proximity to your parents, and they still can’t help you. You still can’t really tell anyone about it. It’s obsessed me, not just him, but generally that problem of childhood.”

- Graham Linehan, This American Life Episode 314.

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No Right to Mental Comfort

by Limbic on May 16, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed “Freedom from Speech” by Greg Lukianoff, in which he persuasively argues that much contemporary censorship is rooted in the idea that emotional and intellectual comfort ought to be a right.

The increased calls for sensitivity-based censorship represent the dark side of what are otherwise several positive developments for human civilization. As I will explain in the next section, I believe that we are not passing through some temporary phase in which an out-of-touch and hypersensitive elite attempts — and often fails — to impose its speech-restrictive norms on society. It’s worse than that: people all over the globe are coming to expect emotional and intellectual comfort as though it were a right. This is precisely what you would expect when you train a generation to believe that they have a right not to be offended. Eventually, they stop demanding freedom of speech and start demanding freedom from speech.

…I am constantly on the lookout for potential cures for this problem. Litigation plays an important role in the fight, as does having students engage in proper Oxford-style debates (like we see today in the Intelligence Squared series). Comedians and satirists may also join the pushback against the infinite care ethic; after all, it is blazingly clear that politically correct censorship and comedy are natural enemies. And, of course, nothing can replace teaching students at every level of education the old-fashioned intellectual habits of epistemic humility, giving others the benefit of the doubt, and actually listening to opposing opinions. Such practices need to make a comeback if we are to have a society in which it is at all productive (let alone pleasurable) to talk about anything serious.

The short book/pamphlet is full of great insights and an essential read for the modern free speech advocate.

 

As Lukianoff points out, the vanguard of the fightback is probably comedians. PC and Comedy are natural enemies. Here is Patton Oswalt’s viral skewering care ethic excesses:

See also

 

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Taxi Militias

by Limbic on May 16, 2015

An article in Denmark’s Information newspaper revealed that victims of honour violence in Copenhagen are often tracked down by ethnic minority taxi drivers who return the women to their abusive families or spouses. This follows news that Islamists in deprived areas of Denmark work with ethnic gangs to enforce sharia . If Islamists were able to command a highly mobile reconnaissance and rapid reaction force of taxi drivers, the police would have a major threat to deal with.

I strongly doubt the taxi drivers are part of some organised militia or Islamist plot. It is just the power of social networks in close knit immigrant communities at work.

I would understand, however, if immigrant communities were organising defensively. In Ted Allbeury’s 1983 novel “All Our Tomorrows”, an economically and socially divided Britain is occupied by the Soviet Union. In describing the gradual disintegration of Britain prior to the occupation, Allbeury describes class warfare and ethnic riots. One of episodes of the novel describes how Britain’s Asians manage to defend themselves from marauding mobs by quietly organising and preparing long before the trouble kicks off. They organise militias, with radios and weapons, to successfully defend their areas.

These scenarios seem utterly unrealistic until such a collapse happens. Belfast in 1968, 90’s Yugoslavia, Syria since 2011:  Those that organised to defend themselves survived. Even in the UK in the 2011 riots we learned that in even the most seemingly stable countries large scale targeted mob violence can happen extremely quickly. Just ask the people of Ealing who formed street defence leagues spontaneously to guard against the mobs tearing up the nearby town centre.

 

See also

Why Rioters Beat The Police
Security militias in Jewish areas of London

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What happened to RobotWisdom?

by Limbic on April 17, 2015

Jorn Barger, 2008

Jorn Barger, 2008

As many of you know RobotWisdom was the proto-Weblog and Bjorn Barger the father of blogging. I have posted about him several times. He has drifted in and out of view since 2003, but now  Ogi Djuraskovic has a very nice history of the site and Barger –  Jorn Barger and Where “Blog” Came From .

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Leftfield are back

by Limbic on March 27, 2015

Leftism was one of the greatest albums of the 90’s. Now Leftfield are back with new album called “Alternative Light Source”.

http://www.leftfieldmusic.com

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Links for January 26th 2015 through March 26th 2015

27 March 2015

Untangling the vexed question of anonymity in sex cases – Untangling the vexed question of anonymity in sex cases via Instapaper http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/untangling-the-vexed-question-of-anonymity-in-sex-cases-1.1708235 Rape anonymity call by accused MP after allegations dropped – Rape anonymity call by accused MP after allegations dropped via Instapaper http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/rape-anonymity-call-by-accused-mp-after-allegations-dropped/ar-BBhzLEV ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma – ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger […]

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