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Posted inPolitics

The Left and Their Cancel Culture!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Goddamned lefties and their cancel culture, as the Boston Globe reports: As the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in the classroom intensifies across the country, the firing of a Tennessee teacher last month emerged as a flashpoint in the discussion over the weekend. Matthew Hawn, who had been a tenured teacher at the Sullivan […]

Posted inEthics, Politics

Freedom of Speech Advocates as Hypocritical Right-Wingers Wanting Permission to Offend

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is such a common problem; those who claim that they are advocates of freedom of speech merely do so because they want to be able to offend people freely and with no consequences. Rights should come with responsibilities, but in this context, it is more often about demanding rights but forgoing responsibilities. I know […]

Posted inGeneral

A Note on Commenting

Reading Time: 2 minutes You know my position on commenting, and many of you lament my lax approach. As I have said many times before, I hope that this allows for reasonable freedom of speech in such a way that people are hoist by their own petard. The flipside is that we often get hit by trolls who comment, […]

Posted inThe Secular

Religious Rivals Unite in Celebration Over Today’s Supreme Court First Amendment Ruling

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is from the American Humanist Association: Today, the American Humanist Association (AHA) celebrates this morning’s Supreme Court’s ruling, Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, alongside typical opponent, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). This ruling upheld (8-1) a critical remedy in First Amendment cases. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the rule of law itself,” Monica Miller, AHA’s Legal Director […]

Posted inTech

The Free Market and Big Tech

Reading Time: 9 minutes …the right still lays claim to America’s most-watched cable-news network, highest-rated political talk-radio shows, and most-read Facebook articles. The algorithmic programming of Facebook and Twitter — which directs readers away from dry reporting on local corruption and toward lurid conspiracy theories — has been a boon to the right in this country and many others. [source] […]

Posted inEthics, Politics

Is “Cancel Culture” Butchering the Centre?

Reading Time: 14 minutes Cancel culture is the talk of the town. What is it, for those uninitiated? The act of canceling, also referred to as cancel culture (a variant on the term “callout culture“), describes a form of boycott in which an individual (usually a celebrity) who has acted or spoken in a questionable or controversial manner is boycotted. [source] This might […]

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