Today, as I read a Huffington Post article about Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine cover and the hilarious responses to it, I was excited by the ease at which people can express themselves today. But just as that thought crossed my mind, I was linked to another Huffington Post article that left me deeply disturbed, and compelled me to write this article.
Apparently, a former contestant from the British version of The Apprentice, named Katie Hopkins, wrote something offensive on Twitter about Palestinians. Now droves of people in the United Kingdom are calling for her prosecution under the Public Order Act 1986, specifically for “stirr[ing] up racial hatred.” Continue Reading
Sometime in the past, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a private comment to his now-ex-girlfriend. He asked that she refrain from bringing Black people to Clippers basketball games. Sterling did not intend to publicly broadcast the comment. Nevertheless, a recording of it appeared on the celebrity gossip website TMZ earlier this week. Now, amid public outrage at Sterling’s thoughtcrime, the NBA has opened an “investigation” of the matter; Continue Reading
Originally posted at Independent Political Report (IPR)
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IPR currently faces a crisis of conscience. Two years ago, it took the unlibertarian step of banning one good faith commenter. Now, some on the site are calling for the ban of another good faith commenter. This reaction is a symptom of a much larger disease affecting the entire United States. Rather than forgiving unfortunate comments and disputing ideas on the highest levels of Graham’s hierarchy of disagreement, some opt to silence voices completely; the IPR equivalent of a ban. In argument, these tactics do not win. As Thomas Dewey expressed in a 1948 GOP presidential debate, pushing disputed views underground only allows those views to fester unchallenged. Continue Reading