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    The Left Has Us Walking On Eggshells

    The Left Has Us Walking On Eggshells
    Rachel Alexander |Posted: May 13, 2019 12:01 AM

    Political correctness has escalated out of control. It used to be you were criticized if you said something that the left didn’t agree with. That was political debate. Now, the left will come after you with a vengeance and destroy your career, your life and often your presence on social media. The number of regular conservatives being censored on social media is growing; almost every day there is another report of one being banned or suspended from one of the major platforms. Many of them lose their jobs.

    The only way to survive this type of witch hunt is to water down everything you say. References to violence are out, even if they are clearly meant allegorically. This includes statements made by revered historical figures. Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” will likely get you suspended or banned from social media. The actor James Woods tweeted in response to the Mueller report, "If you try to kill the King, you better not miss. #HangThemAll." It is a line from the TV series The Wire, which was paraphrased from a line by the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was an obvious allegory but Twitter decided to treat it like a real threat of violence, no doubt because Woods is a brilliant conservative mind whose tweets go viral they’re so clever.

    David Clarke, the former sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, was suspended from Twitter over a tweet that was an obvious allegory. He tweeted about the media, "Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD."

    Comparisons to evil tyrants are also risky. A friend of mine posted an image featuring dictators like Hitler supporting gun control on her Facebook page, and was promptly suspended for three days. Merely pointing out the negatives about a tyrant is enough to get suspended.

    Criticizing LGBT and feminist issues is dangerous. Feminist Meghan Murphy was banned from Twitter for using male pronouns to refer to a transgender who was born biologically a male. Robert Stacy McCain was banned from Twitter in 2016 for his witty takedowns of feminists.

    Posting on social media about race is also risky. Conservative activist Candace Owens, who is black, copied tweets from New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong. Jeong viciously attacked white people in her tweets, so Owens changed them around by swapping out the races and religions. Twitter temporarily locked Owens out of her account.

    Terrifyingly, sometimes it’s not even clear what posts get a conservative banned. Outspoken talk radio host Jesse Kelly was permanently banned from Twitter without explanation. He was later reinstated.

    The censorship is getting more and more ridiculous. Earlier this month, Twitter banned the parody account AOCpress, which mocks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, merely for its posts mimicking the congresswoman’s idiotic statements. The account was clearly marked as a parody account. Twitter also just suspended MAGAPhobia, an account run by One America News host Jack Posobiec that tracks acts of violence against Trump supporters.

    President Trump frequently retweets funny memes by Carpe Donktum. But Twitter locked the meme creator out of his account after he posted a parody clip of an Old West gunfight between Trump and the mainstream media.

    It’s worse in other countries. A journalist in Germany was given a 6 month suspended jail sentence and 100 hours of community service for arguing that Islam is a fascist ideology. He also compared the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

    The left is boxing the right in. Little by little, our allowed speech on the big tech platforms is shrinking. But too many conservatives aren’t sounding the warning bells. They think it won’t happen to them. However, we’re no longer talking about those on the fringe like Alex Jones of Infowars, Milo Yiannopoulos and Tommy Robinson. The censorship is happening to regular conservatives. It’s here, and shows no sign of letting up. Unless you want to limit your speech to milquetoast posts, it’s time to take a stand against the erosion of speech. Like it or not, speech now takes place on the platforms of the big tech giants, so ignore them at your peril. Until the right creates viable alternatives to the big tech giants, we’re stuck with them.
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    As seen somewhere on Twitter:

    First they came for the nazis, and I did not speak out -- because, seriously, fuck those guys.

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    -George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism

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    They USED to have us walking on eggshells. Until we got wise to their tricks.

    Fuck em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    They USED to have us walking on eggshells. Until we got wise to their tricks.

    Fuck em.

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    I think the PC left is largely a victim of its own success.

    People have often observed the increasing velocity of medical advances or technology developments. It makes it hard for professionals to keep up. Similarly the flood of new PC standards has left conscientious subscribers in the dust.

    Unlike a paid medico or techie, however, an earnest but frustrated everyman is likely at some point to throw in the towel. "I don't need this." I see this response in the varied "whatever" take-offs on the alphabet menagerie, LGBTQRST, LGBTXYZ, or the proper (for now) LGBT+.

    Similarly the avalanche of novel pronouns has died hard, although, like people fluent in Esperanto, the users of such may not know it yet.

    I believe one important turning point was candidate Trump's "anchor baby" moment, when he confounded a media douchebag and decided to buck the PC tyranny. The moment worked for several reasons, one of which was, the reporter had no ready substitute for the term. That moment was a model of how to Just Say No to overbearing PC scolds.
    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    I think the PC left is largely a victim of its own success.

    People have often observed the increasing velocity of medical advances or technology developments. It makes it hard for professionals to keep up. Similarly the flood of new PC standards has left conscientious subscribers in the dust.

    Unlike a paid medico or techie, however, an earnest but frustrated everyman is likely at some point to throw in the towel. "I don't need this." I see this response in the varied "whatever" take-offs on the alphabet menagerie, LGBTQRST, LGBTXYZ, or the proper (for now) LGBT+.

    Similarly the avalanche of novel pronouns has died hard, although, like people fluent in Esperanto, the users of such may not know it yet.

    I believe one important turning point was candidate Trump's "anchor baby" moment, when he confounded a media douchebag and decided to buck the PC tyranny. The moment worked for several reasons, one of which was, the reporter had no ready substitute for the term. That moment was a model of how to Just Say No to overbearing PC scolds.
    While I think I see and hear a growing backlash, the grip of PC poison runs deep and it is spreading. There are many fields where the mere accusation of being insufficiently woke can and does ruin careers. This is just confined to the Academy - it happens in health care, tech, publishing, food service, and many other places.

    It's not that people balk at being forced to jump through PC hoops and are then accused of some transgression that actually exists in law or written policy, it's that any accusation can be made and it will acted upon as though it happened with little or no verification and certainly no defense on the part of the accused.

    It's so bad that complete strangers can level an accusation through a twitter mob and the accused will simply be fired or forced out for 'damaging the brand'.

    This will only stop when institutions and businesses stop reacting to mere accusations. There has to be some legitimate investigation and due process and the accused is found guilty or is cleared. We have to somehow pull the fangs on the threat of litigation in the workplace when accusations are unproven. We also have to stop responding to social media mobs. The old ideas about 'goodwill' for businesses are largely obsolete. The social media harpies and trolls are not potential customers (or not 'loyal' customers) and their ability to influence real customers is actually very small.

    It's only the perception of their power that has an effect. We need to change that perception because it's an illusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    While I think I see and hear a growing backlash, the grip of PC poison runs deep and it is spreading. There are many fields where the mere accusation of being insufficiently woke can and does ruin careers. This is just confined to the Academy - it happens in health care, tech, publishing, food service, and many other places.

    It's not that people balk at being forced to jump through PC hoops and are then accused of some transgression that actually exists in law or written policy, it's that any accusation can be made and it will acted upon as though it happened with little or no verification and certainly no defense on the part of the accused.

    It's so bad that complete strangers can level an accusation through a twitter mob and the accused will simply be fired or forced out for 'damaging the brand'.

    This will only stop when institutions and businesses stop reacting to mere accusations. There has to be some legitimate investigation and due process and the accused is found guilty or is cleared. We have to somehow pull the fangs on the threat of litigation in the workplace when accusations are unproven. We also have to stop responding to social media mobs. The old ideas about 'goodwill' for businesses are largely obsolete. The social media harpies and trolls are not potential customers (or not 'loyal' customers) and their ability to influence real customers is actually very small.

    It's only the perception of their power that has an effect. We need to change that perception because it's an illusion.
    Maybe. I think it's fizzling at the fringes.

    Its grip, such as it is, comes from its positive roots. There's nothing wrong with being more sensitive to language, and to inadvertent slights and bias. But we again get that leapfrog virtual signaling thing that drives reason out of the room. "I'm so offended I'll get you fired!" such as you describe.
    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    I think the PC left is largely a victim of its own success.

    People have often observed the increasing velocity of medical advances or technology developments. It makes it hard for professionals to keep up. Similarly the flood of new PC standards has left conscientious subscribers in the dust.

    Unlike a paid medico or techie, however, an earnest but frustrated everyman is likely at some point to throw in the towel. "I don't need this." I see this response in the varied "whatever" take-offs on the alphabet menagerie, LGBTQRST, LGBTXYZ, or the proper (for now) LGBT+.

    Similarly the avalanche of novel pronouns has died hard, although, like people fluent in Esperanto, the users of such may not know it yet.

    I believe one important turning point was candidate Trump's "anchor baby" moment, when he confounded a media douchebag and decided to buck the PC tyranny. The moment worked for several reasons, one of which was, the reporter had no ready substitute for the term. That moment was a model of how to Just Say No to overbearing PC scolds.
    If Trump would accomplish nothing else, putting this PC crap to bed would have been worth electing him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    While I think I see and hear a growing backlash, the grip of PC poison runs deep and it is spreading. There are many fields where the mere accusation of being insufficiently woke can and does ruin careers. This is just confined to the Academy - it happens in health care, tech, publishing, food service, and many other places.

    It's not that people balk at being forced to jump through PC hoops and are then accused of some transgression that actually exists in law or written policy, it's that any accusation can be made and it will acted upon as though it happened with little or no verification and certainly no defense on the part of the accused.

    It's so bad that complete strangers can level an accusation through a twitter mob and the accused will simply be fired or forced out for 'damaging the brand'.

    This will only stop when institutions and businesses stop reacting to mere accusations. There has to be some legitimate investigation and due process and the accused is found guilty or is cleared. We have to somehow pull the fangs on the threat of litigation in the workplace when accusations are unproven. We also have to stop responding to social media mobs. The old ideas about 'goodwill' for businesses are largely obsolete. The social media harpies and trolls are not potential customers (or not 'loyal' customers) and their ability to influence real customers is actually very small.

    It's only the perception of their power that has an effect. We need to change that perception because it's an illusion.
    My wife had a lesbian at work that got two of her co-workers in trouble. Honest to God, my wife was scared to talk to her, thinking she would be next.

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    "Liberals have to stop insisting that the world is what they want it to be instead of the way it is." - Bill Maher

    Political correctness is ideological fascism. It’s the antithesis of freedom. Dr. Piper

    Gender is not a "Social Construct", it is an outgrowth of biological reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    My wife had a lesbian at work that got two of her co-workers in trouble. Honest to God, my wife was scared to talk to her, thinking she would be next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    Wise wife. Stay away and avoid at all costs.
    The lesbian got bought off, and she retired in her 50's. Sweet gig for her.

    Mark
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    "Liberals have to stop insisting that the world is what they want it to be instead of the way it is." - Bill Maher

    Political correctness is ideological fascism. It’s the antithesis of freedom. Dr. Piper

    Gender is not a "Social Construct", it is an outgrowth of biological reality.

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