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If you absolutely insist on imprisonment, you can always go to Europe, where there are more than enough “hate speech” laws on the book to satisfy your wishes.
But a system of repression that doesn’t involve obvious state violence is little different in effect than one that does.
I originally planned to follow this up tomorrow with the post containing my arguments against these positions, but this argument took longer than I thought to write and I expect the counterargument will as well.
Expect a post critiquing reactionary ideas sometime in the next…week? [EDIT: The Anti-Reactionary FAQ is now available] In any case, this is not that post.
The imperial Chinese thought nothing could beat imperial China, the medieval Spaniards thought medieval Spain was a singularly impressive example of perfection, and Communist Soviets were pretty big on Soviet Communism.
Meanwhile, we think 21st-century Western civilization, with its democracy, secularism, and ethnic tolerance is pretty neat.
So our advantage is that we admit our society’s imperfections, reward those who point them out, and so keep inching closer and closer to this ideal of perfect government. Suppose you went back to Stalinist Russia and you said “You know, people just don’t respect Comrade Stalin enough. It’s only when you tell them something they actually don’t want to hear that you get in trouble.
Western society has been moving gradually further to the left for the past several hundred years at least. ”, society will call you a bold revolutionary iconoclast and give you a professorship.
Trying to sum up their ideas seems like a good way to first of all get a reference point for what their ideas are, and second of all to make it clearer why I think they deserve a rebuttal.It went from divine right of kings to constutitional monarchy to libertarian democracy to federal democracy to New Deal democracy through the civil rights movement to social democracy to ??? If you catch up to society as it’s pushing leftward and say “Hey guys, I think we should go leftward even faster! If you start suggesting maybe it should switch directions and move the direction opposite the one the engine is pointed, then you might have a bad time. Mention that you think we should undo something that’s been done over the past century or two. Go back to sterilizing the disabled and feeble-minded.If you really need convincing, suggest re-implementing segregation, or how about slavery? In America, it will get you fired from your job and ostracized by nearly everyone.Speak out against Comrade Stalin and you get sent to Siberia. Who knows, you might even get that cushy professorship.The great thing about western liberal democracy is that it has a free marketplace of ideas. Noam Chomsky made a career of criticizing our society and became rich and famous and got a cushy professorship. If you “criticize” society by telling it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing only much much more so, society recognizes you as an ally and rewards you for being a “bold iconoclast” or “having brave and revolutionary new ideas” or whatever.