Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mark Cuban is right

Enforcing bans on "hate speech" is insanely dangerous. We can all agree that racist and homophobic slurs are beyond the pail. But there will ALWAYS BE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GO FURTHER, TO POLICE ALL SPEECH. One comment to the piece in the New Yorker in the link below nails it. 

"The right for people to lean on archaic religious arguments to excuse modern injustices toward gay people? Or for Donald Sterling to reserve the right to go on living in some combination of the eighteen-fifties and the nineteen-fifties?"

You're totally right. What we need is a cultural revolution. The First Amendment is overrated anyway.

"We have to put a stop to the idea that it is a part of everybody's civil rights to say whatever he pleases." - Hitler

"One of the most ugly aspects of life in Communist China during the Mao Zedong era was the Party's demand that people inform on each other routinely and denounce each other during political campaigns. This practice had a profoundly destructive effect on human relationships. Husbands and wives became guarded with each other, and parents were alienated from their children. The practice inhibited all forms of human contact, so that people no longer wanted to have friends. It also encouraged secretiveness and hypocrisy. To protect himself, a man had to keep his thoughts to himself. When he was compelled to speak, often lying was the only way to protect himself and his family." 
― Nien ChengLife and Death in Shanghai

I really hope rational people can see what this sort of thinking leads to. 

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