Thursday, November 30, 2017

An Article That Gives FLG Some Hope

FLG pretty much disagrees with everything in this article, including this:
Compassion and equity and humanity matters more than your right to say whatever comes out of your mouth

 In these cases, FLG always goes to the quote, often attributed to Oscar Wilde but who knows?:
A gentleman never insults anyone unintentionally.

A goodly portion of this is really a matter of having good manners, as FLG believes the case discussed in the article regarding a joke making fun of Jews is.   But what gives FLG hope is that the article is discussing events surrounding a debate about free speech and censorship online back in 1989. 

FLG wasn't an adult yet at the time, but he definitely remembers the early-90s as being very politically correct (and given we are talking about Stanford here, it probably happened there even earlier).   And he also remember sometime in the later 90s, probably around 97 or 98, after he heard some edgy joke on TV, thinking, whoa, the trend line he'd thought things were going back in the early-90s, toward ever more political correctness, clearly hadn't happened.   And, as it turned out, the early-90s were a high water mark, at least until recently.   And so, he has hope, that the recent turn toward censorship and political correctness will likewise be rebuffed. 

We cannot, as a society, define free speech as only those things that the most sensitive among us are comfortable with hearing. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Quote of the day

Passage of the day, really, by Ramesh Ponnuru:

All liberals believe that governments must obey limits in what they can do to individuals, that people should be free to speak their minds, that the law must be impartial, and so on. But liberalisms differentiate themselves in why they champion these beliefs. There is a liberalism that takes the French Enlightenment to be the beginning of all political wisdom and takes our political task essentially to be working out its implications and applying them to all of human life. This progressive liberalism frequently sets itself at odds with traditional religious believers and even, as in the French Revolution, persecutes them. The liberalism of Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and the Federalist Papers is very different. It sees free institutions as a cultural achievement won from experience: a set of practices that centuries of trial and error — many trials, much error — have taught us are more conducive than any others we have found to human flourishing. The distinction between these forms of liberalism, which we might call progressive and conservative respectively, is lost on many people.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Quote of the day

Megan McArdle:
The fate of nations does not hinge on whether we drink daiquiris or Negronis.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quote of the day

A little bit old, but FLG just read it, by Matt Levine:
What if Marx was right that capitalism would ultimately destroy itself, but the way that it does so is through index funds? 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quote of the day

Steve Cortes:
If Georgetown removes recognition of a student group that merely affirms the teachings of the church, it’s time for John Carroll’s statue to get up off that perch and walk off campus.
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