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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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Progressivism doesn't mean that we have to give every voice an equal platform from which to speak, especially at our own events. Anti-censorship does not require protecting people from the social consequences of their words and actions.

THIS. What is it that so many people seem to believe that being progressive, liberal, and tolerant means that one must therefore give equal time and weight to those whose views are antithetical to progress, liberty, and tolerance?

Moreover, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence. The greatest power in words is in owning them, and what follows from them.


I'm absolutely maddened by the trend right now for re-defining words. Calling someone out on their bigotry does not make someone a bigot themselves. Refusing to buy someone's books isn't censorship or blacklisting. Choosing not to honor someone is not fascism or oppression or silencing.

It's getting so I want to throw dictionaries at people.

Yes, thank you. Too much of this is reminding me of the people who say that objecting to intolerance is intolerant.

We do not tolerate intolerance. I don't know why that should be a hard concept to grasp. A moment's thought shows that letting in intolerance will destroy whatever you've built with tolerance. Heck, a little experience with unmoderated Internet sites shows what tolerating intolerance can do to public discourse.

It's very sad what's happened, but sometimes you just have to show someone the door for the sake of everyone else.

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