In her recent New York Times article entitled “When Is Speech Violence?” Barrett contends that speech that “bullies and torments” ought to be prevented because “from the perspective of our brain cells,” it is “literally a form of violence.” She points to scientific findings showing that “Words can have a powerful effect on your nervous system. Certain types of adversity, even those involving no physical contact, can make you sick, alter your brain—even kill neurons—and shorten your life.”
Professor Barrett is a respected psychologist and she cites studies in neuroscience that support her statement that verbal abuse can bring on stress that causes physical damage. Let’s not question the science she cites. Let’s agree that she is correct in saying that chronic stress is bad for an individual, perhaps even life-shortening.
The problem is that there is no apparent connection between chronic stress and merely listening to someone speak, for a while, no matter how provocative his words may be. More.
Reality check: How did today’s pensioners get through all these years reading letters to the editor in a free press?
People who think words are violence tend to think that violence is words. Hence the SJW swinging the bicycle chain.
No, liberals, the ends do not justify the means. There is no vindication for violence, despite your cause. The heartbreaking events in Charlottesville on Saturday are now being used as a smokescreen for those with an urge to resort to violence.
Stop trying to put a gender, a race or face on hate. When hate meets hate, it stops mattering which direction it arrived from.
Heather Heyer died amidst the chaos in Charlottesville on Saturday. Anti-fascist activists arrived at the Paramount Theatre where Heyer’s funeral was being held on Wednesday. The mob of left-wing protestors, armed with purple shields and bats, decided they were justified in funeral crashing.
Can you imagine anyone feeling that was the right thing to do?
A taxpayer-funded professor of medieval literature at the City University of New York has announced that the use of standard grammatical English is wrongly privileged. Also, preferring standard English over other vernaculars is racist.
Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments.
Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid.
“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any information regarding this act, please contact the police or my office immediately.”
“F- Abe Lincoln,” responded Quintin Mitchell, whose comment was “liked” or deemed “funny” by 160 others.
Ryerson University has cancelled a “free speech on campus” event after activists on Facebook threatened violent disruption, University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson says.
Peterson, whose criticism of political correctness — and especially genderless pronouns — has attracted international attention, was one of a panel of experts speaking at The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses.
A Facebook page, entitled “No Fascists in Our City!,” says the university is hosting a “bigoted event featuring some of the most bigoted folks around right now as panelists.
Victor Davis Hanson slams progressives who ‘pick and choose their type of outrage for political purposes’
Military historian and political columnist Victor Davis Hanson said the “moral smugness” of this current generation allows it to “pick and choose their type of outrage for political purposes,” all the while adhering to a “double standard,” during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — A Gwinnett County judge and longtime local politician has been suspended after a series of controversial Facebook posts came to light.
Over the weekend, magistrate Judge Jim Hinkle, who also was a longtime mayor of Grayson, made several posts in which he called people protesting Civil War monuments “snowflakes” and “nut cases,” and compared those who would tear down those monuments to radical Islamic group ISIS.
The posts brought to light older controversial posts by Hinkle. In January, the judge posted that he was “proud to be a deplorable infidel,” an apparent reference to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s reference to some of now-President Donald Trump’s most extreme supporters as “deplorables.”
But they are snowflakes and nutcases, violent nutcases in fact.
Is it more surprising that some socialists spew racism or that other socialists imagine their ideology as synonymous with anti-racism? Your answer reflects your knowledge of history.
Socialist thugs violently clashed in Charlottesville this weekend. One group railed against bigotry. The other group embraced it. The anti-racist group departs more radically from their ideological forebears even if they manage to convince everyone that the nationalist-socialists they brawl with represent the real imposters.
The history of American socialism, until fairly recently, was a history of American racism.
“Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”
That question, whether it’s been asked outright, whispered quietly, or simply lingered in the back of someone’s mind, has weighed heavily on me throughout my career in technology. Though I’ve been lucky to work at a company where I’ve received a lot of support—from leaders like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg to mentors like Bill Campbell—my experience in the tech industry has shown me just how pervasive that question is.”
A police force was facing ridicule last night after a high-profile hate-crime officer warned High Street stores that ‘feminine care’ signs on women’s sanitary products breached gender equality rules.
Sergeant Peter Allan was branded ‘meddlesome’ and ‘over-officious’ in an angry backlash, after telling Tesco and Sainsbury’s that men might want to use the sanitary products and suggesting the signs were discriminatory.
Sussex Police faced a deluge of condemnation and disbelief after the officer used social media to advise stores to swap feminine-specific signs for gender-neutral alternatives such as ‘personal hygiene’ or ‘personal care’.