Archive for the ‘Political correctness’ Category

Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s column on “cultural libertarianism”

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

I was bummed that I missed this tweet by Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown, because I would have responded to it. Blogging about what is meant by "cultural libertarianism." Thoughts?— ElizabethNolanBrown (@ENBrown) April 19, 2016 Here is the column that resulted. It's a good, short read. I was surprised at the negativity, even ...

Leftists on the modern illiberal left

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The word "liberal" used to mean, more or less, libertarian. Obviously both words are derived from the Latin word for "free". We now have to resort to the phrase "classical liberal" if we want to use that word to describe a freedom-minded person, especially one from the 19th or early ...

Dogmatic mysticism in the intolerant left

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Somewhere around the interwebs, I once read an analogy to the radical-left social justice movement that went something like this: Imagine you have a child of, say, pre-school or elementary-school age. He is playing in your living room as usual, doing nothing out of the ordinary, until he steps across ...

Not all women, not all men

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

As with so much about Twitter and the rest of the internet, the recent #YesAllWomen movement, which took place in the wake of the UCSB murders but which both legitimately and laughably moved far away from the killer's supposedly misogynist motivation and into the everyday fears and annoyances that women ...

Thick libertarianism and bigotry and public shaming

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This is an email I sent to Sheldon Richman on May 3: Dear Mr. Richman, I had a few thoughts about your recent TGIF column "Libertarianism Rightly Conceived" and how thick and thin libertarianism might be applied to some recent news stories, and I hoped you could share your perspective. I don't ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

"But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all." —Mark Steyn, "The slow death of free speech" I suspect that some of my ...

Two great links about the George Zimmerman verdict

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Amazingly, I'm only two days behind in reading and posting links to these excellently written and insightful columns. My post from earlier today was originally going to be two or three paragraphs of commentary followed by quotes from these two columns, but I got a little carried away. Ken White ...

Maybe free speech is less popular than I thought

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I had a bizarre experience yesterday: I encountered two people who were wrong on the internet who asserted that words can harm people and so their (mis)use should be punishable by law. I don't mean using libel or slander to harm someone's reputation, which should not be considered crimes anyway. ...

Crying ‘racism’ makes it worse

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

If you follow interesting sports like baseball, football, hockey, and golf, then that will necessarily occasionally expose you to coverage and discussion of worthless sports like basketball. This also means you have to listen to at least a little bit of the insufferable blathering of basketball players and commentators. If ...

Danah Boyd on the Craigslist “Adult Services” ban

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I liked this column by Danah Boyd at HuffPo explaining why censoring the "Adult Services" section of Craigslist, effectively forbidding women from prostituting themselves semi-openly, will harm women by protecting pimps, child traffickers, and other abusive scumbags: On Friday, under tremendous pressure from US attorneys general and public advocacy groups, Craigslist ...

Victims

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

In Atlanta last Wednesday and Thursday, 30,000 people crowded the streets on foot and in their cars to hand in their applications for a voucher for free Section 8 housing to the East Point Housing Authority. More than a thousand people [as I mentioned, it was actually 30,000 in the ...

Let the Canadian women celebrate how they want!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Rarely have I been so pissed off in recent memory as I was at the outcries that the idiotic Olympic committee and the "international community" gave to the Canadian women's hockey team for its celebration following its gold medal victory, but what nearly made me yell at my TV was ...