Even extremists should respect other extremists views?kingclyde wrote: ↑Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:44 amIn my humble opinion, a pluralistic system of speech and ideals notwithstanding, it is beholden on each strata of society, in any human activity or interaction, where such strata exist, to exercise discretion and restraint in the means by which the communication of personally held philosophies or standpoints, regardless of their veracity, such that any position deemed as extreme – or at least capable of being deemed so to be – should be maintained solely with the optimum degree of consideration for those not occupying a similar philosophical standpoint, in that any solipsistic ethical notion, whether this seeks to claim representation of the wider majority or a narrowly-defined, or simply a marginal sector of the entirety, should never be utilised such that a sub-set of the wider societal diaspora is placed in a position from which they find the notion of insult or demeaning language or behaviour difficult to either support or allow to co-exist as an idea within the spectrum of what could be considered as acceptable in a mutually co-operative whole.
Ner ner ner ner ner.
Doesn't happen, even in Narnia.
What we're seeing here is the rise of the ignorant and intolerant left. That's not to say the ignorant and intolerant right has gone away.
But what you have is a mass of people incapable of understanding bigotry. People who cannot differentiate between personal insult and racism, or homophobia, or transphobia.
And that to me is a dangerous thing.
I mean there are people, admittedly still at low numbers, who believe that a heterosexual man who doesn't want to sleep with trans women is transphobic. Now there's no doubt that that stance is indeed discriminatory, but discriminatory to the point of censure?
Isn't any personal preference, sexual or otherwise, discrimination?
And this is the path we're going down.
Comedy might seem a rather innocuous place to start, but once you start making beliefs sacrosanct it's a slippery slope, irrespective of whether it's the right or the left.
Rip Douglas Pearce.