Weird things are happening — moderate Lefties are being attacked by the Anarchists and Occasional Cortex’s. Now, the moderates are suddenly recognizing the value of FREE SPEECH!
A short letter was sent to Harper’s Magazine and signed by scores of prominent Liberal/Leftist writers/journalists/pundits such as J. K. Rowling and Noam Chomsky. I summarize the key points of the letter below.
YouTube Commentator, Dr. Steve Turley, tells the story and analyzes the political fallout of Leftists battling each other on this issue.
FR’s V K Lee turned me on to Dr. Steve a few days ago and I’ve been enjoying his short 10 to 15 minute Youtubes that I convert to MP3s [via YtMPE.cc] to hear while I’m exercising.
Dr. Steve usually has a 2 minute commercial for his own books, but you can easily skip over that to get to his enthusiastic and well-reasoned arguments. He’s fast and efficient.
Here’s my Summary and Editorial Comments to the Letter sent to Harper’s Magazine:
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate, July 7, 2020
- Powerful protests for racial and social justice [by Radical Leftists] are weakening open debate and tolerance for the opinions [of Moderate Libs].
- The [Radicals] are pushing ideological conformity in the extreme and are Balkanizing and subverting the Leftist/Liberal agenda.
- We already know “Orange Man is Bad” and is hurting liberalism and democracy.
- Nevertheless, we don’t want the tactics of the Orange Man and the Radical Right to infect the Left.
The Dreadful Things Happening (OMG!! Censorship of Moderate Leftists)
- Institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments
- Editors are fired for running controversial pieces;
- Books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity;
- Journalists are barred from writing on certain topics;
- Professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class;
- A researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study;
- The heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes.
What’s to be Done
- The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.
- We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other.
- We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences.
If we won’t defend the very thing on which our work depends, we shouldn’t expect the public or the state to defend it for us.