Support grows for censorship in the United States

From business talk show host John Stossel:

Support for the idea that it’s good to hear all opinions, even offensive ones, is thin. A plurality of Americans now support laws against “hate speech.”

Conservatives once wanted to ban Playboy magazine, violent rap lyrics and offensive depictions of Jesus. Leftists then were right to fight such bans, but today leftists encourage censorship in the name of “tolerance.”

Scientist Matt Taylor helped land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. But because he explained his achievement while wearing a T-shirt that had cartoons of sexy women on it (designed by a female friend of his), writer Rose Eveleth of The Atlantic tweeted that Taylor “ruined” the comet landing. The public outcry against him was so great that he cried at an apologetic press conference.

Mot hate speech is not true but all truth is hate speech to someone. That is why laws aganst it are so pernicious. It is the closest thing to a law of nature that such laws will be bent to suppress merely unpopular opinions.

See also: Progressive students devour their own It makes for painful reading. These are our future ‘crats.

Is it too late? Answering a question with a question: How many of our neighbours even care? Can’t we all just blame someone we already dislike for the problems and demand government help? And otherwise shut up in the face of thugs, ‘crats, and terrorists?

  • Clink9

    In the future, everyone will be an outlaw for 15 minutes.

  • pdxnag

    Catch 22: The government using its heavy hand to silence someone is itself engaging in the very evil it professes to oppose. It is likewise the most direct method to impose thought control.

    • WalterBannon

      It is oppression and tyranny, and any government that engages in it is deserving of a violent coup

      • pdxnag

        When gradually bringing a frog in a pot to a full boil it is hard to know (or agree upon) which insult is an insult too far.

  • UCSPanther

    I have an idea for an allegorical satire story: A fictional West Coast city becomes infamous for being completely overrun with SJW ideology to the point where reality is completely ignored. At the same time, the town is in the shadow of a long dormant Cascade range volcano. During the height of the collective insanity, the volcano awakens, but the townsfolk are so wrapped up in their insane ideology that they refuse to heed the warnings. Worse, those who try to warn the townsfolk are ridiculed, harassed, assaulted and even prosecuted for “White Cis scum hate speech”.

    At the peak of the story, the volcano erupts in a manner similar to Mount Vesuvius, but the townsfolk continue their insanity, even as the eruption column blots out the sun and the sky gets lit up with static-generated lightning storms.
    When the fallout of pumice begins, some awaken, but most stay in their reverie, even as chunks of solid rock mixed in with the falling pumice start killing locals. Eventually, as roofs collapse under the weight of ashfall, fires start and the air becomes unbreathable, most start to wake up, but it is way too late. The story ends with the city getting wiped out by a massive pyroclastic flow, and what is left getting buried under twenty meters of volcanic ash and other material.

    Two centuries later, the city is excavated and studied by archeologists, and given the dubious honor of being named the “Pompeii of SJWs”.

    The allegory: These fools will continue their insanity, even as outside forces threaten their very existence, and when they are wiped out, history will reflect on their collective insanity in a negative way.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In “The World Inside” the penalty for being unhappy, angry or just mouthy is instant execution by throwing you down a mile deep garbage chute.

  • WalterBannon

    anyone coming for my free speech will get their ass kicked

  • Xavier

    There is no ‘Right to not be offended’ no matter how many times you insist there is.

    This is why we lose: we are tolerant, or at least more tolerant than leftists. The right knows it has to put up with offensive behavior in order to protect freedom for everyone. The left recognizes no such rule.