Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Better Way To Deal With The Criminalization Of Speech

So all kinds of words, phrases and concepts are offensive to the point of banning them these days. I won't list the worst here, but I'll note that some allegedly serious people are even suggesting that climate deniers be muzzled by the law.

That's fine, but why stop there?

Looking at the lyrics from the Hip Hop Billboard Top 40, it took me all of 2 songs to find one full of offensive words. I'm sure that with a tiny amount of effort, you'll find words there that offend you or someone you know. Let's ban those. After all, if anyone is offended, the words must be banned and offense is in the ear of the person hearing them.

Is the expression of ideas such as arguing about global warming climate change a criminal offense because it's anti-science? Maybe so. That's fine, but why stop there?

Men and women are biologically quite different. With just the slightest amount of effort, we ought to be able to dig up all kinds of feminist twaddle that is anti-science. Let's ban that, too.

Transgendered people are normal? If that's the case, then we need to start banning the label "mentally ill" from all manner of behaviors. After all, if amputating some body parts, deforming others and loading up on drugs is normal, then almost anything is.

If this is how the game is to be played, then by all means, let's start playing it. He who edits the dictionary controls the conversation.


Ohioan@Heart said...

"He who edits the dictionary controls the conversation. "

Your post is officially doubleplusungood. You should be careful. While I know that that was just duckspeak, some might think it was crimethink and send you to a joycamp.

IlĂ­on said...

"He who edits the dictionary controls the conversation."

This is why I am such a "language nazi" -- the people who want to be conservative and want to preserve or traditional civilization can never prevail against leftism unless they refuse to use to leftist language.