The Imporatance Of Free speech And The Right To Offend
by Ian R Thorpe.
There is a good article and essential reading for all free thinkers in today's Guardian. By Henry Porter, one of the few true liberals still writing for that once great paper that is now a left wing rag totally in thrall to the authoritarian ideology of the wretched New Labour project. It addresses The Importance Of Free Speech and The Right To Offend
We should all be aware that anything we say will offend somebody somewhere and so close our ears to the whining of the politically correct fascists."
One of the most dangerous trends in the English speaking world over the past few decades had been the hijacking of individuality by psychologists. The ever growing army of shrinks like to tell us they study the human psyche and thus are qualified to tell us all how to live. One of the areas in which psychology has been most successful is in the suppression of free speech and freedom of though. We must never openly disagree with anybody as to do so is hostile and we must never criticise anybody's beliefs because we may hurt their feelings.
Well let's be straight, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger and hurt feelings never killed anybody. What the shrinks and trick cyclists have done is to target the weak and exploit their sentimentality by connecting it to that ludicrous 1960s stoner philosophy that posits if we all join hands and sing Kumbaya the world will be healed overnight. I have always said, "Beware the terrible tyranny of the weak."
Give weak people the slightest sniff of power and they immediately become completely out of control in their abuse of it. Attach the authority of law to their politically correct ideas and very soon we are ruled by tyrannical wussiness. Consider some of the recent ideas of the Politically Correct Thought Police: If a black person and a white person are involved in a dispute it is our moral duty to be on the side of the black person because the white person is obviously motivayed by racism; any verbal attack on or criticism of a homosexual is prompted by homophobia and is therefore a hate crime; Children are not capable of wrongdoing and should not be punished; The failure of tribal societies in the Third World to develop is entirely the fault of the west; Any one person's religious or spiritual beliefs are as good as anyone else's and should be respected.
And so the idiocy goes on, the list is endless.
Most of the problems the world faces can be traced back to the fluffy thinking of these weak, creepy people. They feminised the hard men of the Trade Unions and now they whine when the dark forces of Capitalism trample the workers, they castrated the mavericks of politics and the press and now when we need leaders and people of vision we have only wimps, the goats are being led by the sheep because it is soooo unfair that the weak, docile sheep should have to take second place in the pecking order to the smart, courageous, independent goats.
This political correct thinking, this tyranny of the weak has put the whole world out of kilter. We must learn to be strong again, to cope with adversity without running to a therapist, to overcome trauma without turning to a therapist. We must learn to emulate in ways appropriate to a high tech world on the verge of environmental meltdown how to emulate our ancestors who struggled to survive in a world that after the Ice Age was assailed by floods, volcanic eruption, earthquake and famine and who, equipped with tools and weapons made of wood, bone and stone competed for food against Wooly Mammoths, Sabre Tooth Tigers, Gry-Lions, Cave Bears and Giant Rhinosceri.
Will politically correct wusses singing Kumbaya be able to hack it in this brave new world? I think not.
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