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Thursday, July 09, 2020

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky and other figures signed a public letter on Tuesday warning about the "restriction of debate" in society. The open letter, which has gathered 150 signatures from activists and writers, warns that the "free exchange of information and ideas" is "daily becoming more constricted." The letter was published on the Harper's Magazine website and will be featured in the magazine's October issue.

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The signatories say in the letter that the "needed reckoning" of racial and social justice has "also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity."

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HeliumRat and LeftCoastLawyer already posted this.

Just so you know who you break bread with, intellectually speaking.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-09 01:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Freedom to be an ------- is sacred. American is based on that. The whole premise of freedom of expression is the freedom to offend,without that there is no true freedom. Only pablum,and Orthodoxy. The Nazis didn't like " degenerate" art. The Soviets hated religion.

All true freedom offends SOMEBODY.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-07-10 12:01 AM | Reply

The Nazis didn't like " degenerate" art. The Soviets hated religion.
All true freedom offends SOMEBODY.

That's kind of a pretty big extrapolation, since you only have Nazis and Communists as examples...

But from your reasoning, it's clear that Nazism is not compatible with true freedom.
Thus, Nazism should not be tolerated in a truly free society.
Thanks for reading and understanding.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-10 12:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The risk of Nazis coming to power is compatible with freedom. The risk of communists banning religion is compatible with freedom.

Freedom is people making choices without someone forcing outcomes or restricting acceptable discourse to protect the sensibilities of some "protected" group or other like we were in elementary school or something.

The answer to offensive speech is more speech. Not silencing the offensive speaker.

This has been part of American citizenship since the founding of the republic.

People are adults. Not impressionable children.

Thanks for reading and hopefully, understanding.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-07-10 10:15 AM | Reply

From what I see, the so-called "cancel culture" uses the power of Capitalism (i.e., product and services boycotts) against those entities (people and companies) that are thought to say or do hateful and/or hurtful things.

I first saw this happening in the 1980's Moral majority boycotts of a wide range of products and companies.

Social media has given more people the communicative power that the Christian Right had back in the days of the Moral Majority.

The question, though, is not how do we get rid of the cancel culture?

The question is, how do you encourage people to be more tolerant of what they may disagree with.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-10 10:35 AM | Reply

Open war between bitterly entrenched factions.

The denial of the very humanity of people unlike ourselves.

America is ------. I want a space shuttle out of here. Now.

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-07-10 11:12 AM | Reply

The question is, how do you encourage people to be more tolerant of what they may disagree with.
#5 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-07-10 10:35 AM | FLAG:

Discourse ethics.

The Paradox of Tolerance just lands you in jail when you put a lock in a sock and have at people.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-10 11:18 AM | Reply

JK Roling can go vamoose and take that silly Harry Potter with her.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-07-10 11:22 AM | Reply

J.K. Rowling? The person who is always blocking people on Twitter?

#9 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-07-10 02:18 PM | Reply

This Tweet is old by now, but it's still relevant:

America's divorce is getting really weird. The left got NASCAR and the right got Harry Potter.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-10 02:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I have always been skeptical about the existence of "Cancel Culture". At this point I do acknowledge that it does exist (to some degree) among those seemingly promoting "woke" behavior and other 'politically correct' positions. Ideological rigidity is never attractive among those espousing liberal ideas.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-07-10 02:53 PM | Reply

America's divorce is getting really weird. The left got NASCAR and the right got Harry Potter.

#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-07-10 02:33 PM | FLAG:

This horseshoe of political purity martinents is tragic. Disagree with one view of a person and you can't enjoy their IP and .its well themed and engineered spin offs? What a miserable way to live.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-10 03:21 PM | Reply

The left got NASCAR and the right got Harry Potter.
#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-07-10 02:33 PM | FLAG:

The right just got Goya lol. Didn't see that coming.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-12 09:46 AM | Reply

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