Quote of the week

You already know what I think about no-platforming. But just in case you haven’t caught on yet:

We often joke that Animal Farm, 1984, and Brave New World are not a three volume how to manual. For some people though, they are, we’ve got we’ve got fricking “Trust and Safety Councils” that turn anyone with the correct politics who hate the right people this minute into members of their little Stasi. With the power to control the information and to deny people financial services if they hold unpopular views, comes incredible power for mischief.

We’ve covered the Chinese Sesame Credit System before and that, I am convinced, is where many of the individuals behind this policing of speech want to be.

All it takes to bring about this dream of the anointed is for each of us to say “That guy’s an asshole! He deserves what he gets. That bitch over there had it coming too, serves her right.” and be silent, or smug, or report the asshole to the Trust and Safety Council. Then, because every one of us is an asshole to someone, we’ll be kept in our place by the very crab bucket culture we are nurturing while the archdukes and marquesses of Palo Alto tend their crop by cutting off any poppies that grow too high.

With that coming to pass, like the Greek City States before it, the 300 year aberration that is the enlightenment will disappear into the 300,000 year+ history of humanity as a short lived deviation from the mean. Things relating to freedom will go back to much as they were for the majority of that time, albeit with rather less ability to express heretical thoughts.

We’re going to Serf City, ’cause it’s two to one: two silencers for every voice.


  1. McGehee »

    16 December 2018 · 6:02 pm

    The subject of that last paragraph does sometimes seem to be approaching the punchline of this post.

  2. J »

    18 December 2018 · 8:40 am

    “Going to Serf City” – Ha! I’m going to use that one! Someone should do a parody song on YouTube.

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