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Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

Samizdata quote of the day

Translation? If you’re not left-wing, keep your mouth shut. What’s becoming clear is that under the false premise of making spaces “safe” for minorities, the only people whose safety is really becoming at risk is right-wingers and basically anyone who doesn’t wholly subscribe to the doctrine of political correctness.

Virginia Hale

12 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Good on them. We need more people to stand up like this and refuse to be bullied into submission.
    At the end of the day, we do it to ourselves. Nobody (yet) has the power to (use physical force to) stop conventions or anybody else from inviting to speak anyone they damn well please to speak (border restrictions on people with ‘incorrect’ opinions at your country of residence notwithstanding).Every time an invitation to speak is rescinded because of political pressure it makes it more likely that the same pressure will be applied the next time somebody with ‘wrong’ ideas is due to appear.

  • Veryretired

    Of course that’s all PC rules are for—did anyone anywhere, except for the delusional college sophomores who invariably believe they’ve found the secrets behind everything after taking a few introductory courses in philosophy or economics or whatever, actually believe that PC stuff was for the protection of some fragile minority’s tender feelings?

    In every case, in every situation, in every manner possible, collectivism’s overriding purpose is always to control what is thought, said, printed, and believed. Anything else, including the ostensible noble purpose behind it all, is purely window dressing for the rubes to gawk at.

    Acquiring power over others has been, is, and forever will be the collective’s only true goal. N

  • Johnnydub

    Well duh!

  • thefrollickingmole

    I have an extreme geek mate who will be attending this, along with 2 more extreme geeks (one male one female) in my old D&D group. They are all extreme star wars cosplay freaks, Im talking much more than just stormtrooper gear here. My mate has a costume of one of the more exotic Sith baddies that Lucas would give his right nut for, all home made. Oh and considering one of the best games Ive ever played was a home-brew “firefly” with all 3 I cant see the attendance of the SJWs “villain” will keep them away either.
    The odds of these people pulling out because some feminists have sand in their vaginas is a negative number.
    I am quite sincerely hoping this years Supernova breaks attendance records so the real “power” of the squealers is revealed, bugger all.

    Been little advertising this year though, was a reasonable amount last year.

  • Paul Marks

    Yes Perry – and the young (and not so young now) support this crushing of freedom of speech.

    They hate individual freedom (other than sexual freedom), they are taught to hate it – starting in school.

    The statement in the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico that “political science” has proved that setting up a system of state schools is essential for freedom has proved exactly WRONG (after all Texas was itself contradicting it – as none of the people involved in the struggle against the military dictatorship had been to a state school – as they did not exist at the time).

    As John Locke warned William Penn (back in the 1600s) a de facto monopoly of state schools would mean the crushing of dissent – dissent would be “nipped in the bud”.

    The old Republican Romans were correct and the intellectual Greeks (Aristotle as well as Plato) wrong.

    These things should be left to families and voluntary institutions (fraternities – collegia) not “the legislator” or his or her creations.

    How does one find a pro freedom university in the United States?

    Easy – find ones that do not accept government backed “student loans”.

    These “student loans” come with massive strings attached for the university concerned – if a place really does value freedom it will not accept them.

  • Paul Marks

    Individual freedom is a terrible BURDEN – the burden of moral responsibility.

    The young do not like burdens – they want the “freedom not to be free”.

    And that is the sort of “freedom” (freedom without personal moral responsibility – the “burden of personal moral choice”) that the followers of both the Black Flag (the Nazis and others) and the Red Flag offer – the “freedom not to be free”.

    And, after all, the “great philosophers” Thomas Hobbes and David Hume teach them that individual freedom (the burden of moral choice – the “I”) is an “illusion” anyway. Everything is predetermined – nothing is your own fault, you had no real choice.

    And Rousseau teaches (like the Ancient Greeks before him) that the “Lawgiver” is the true representative of the “General Will”.

    What people “think” they believe – they do not “really” believe.

    That (the personal voice of conscience) is to be CRUSHED.

    One is to be happy – to dance and sing.

    Whilst the “enemies of the people” are dragged to their execution.

  • Actually Paul, the quoted article is part of the ongoing #GamerGate & #NotYourShield story, one of the most fascinating, effective and viral cultural fight-backs against embedded leftist cultural gatekeepers ever seen.

    It is a very very interesting indication that assuming the other side has won is not just self-defeating and effectively doing the other side’s job for them, it is also incorrect.

  • I don’t know whether Gamergate is the tipping point at which I feel I’m either 1) old or 2) living on another planet than some people, but I’ve been playing computer games for years and it would never have occurred to me in a million years that we’d find ourselves in a situation where people are expressing outrage at figures in fantasy games are, well, fantastical. The whole damned point of fantasy computer games is that they are *not* realistic. Of course the women look ridiculous, as do the men. As do the dragons, the swords, the magic, everything. That’s the whole point! These people are insane. Or I am. I just don’t get it.

  • John Galt III

    Everyone keeps their mouth shut and we will live in a ‘Hunger Games’ state or under Sharia law.

  • Mr Ed

    Well now the British Army hands out a decoration for challenging misogyny in the Afghan Army. (Bottom item, the main bit is about a hairy crash landing).

    But our allies were “highly mysogynistic”.

    At least we’ll be safe if Benny Hill and Sid James invade.

  • Regional

    When you’re part of a machine you loose independence.

  • Rich Rostrom

    Paul Marks @ February 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm:

    The statement in the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico that “political science” has proved that setting up a system of state schools is essential for freedom…


    That is not what the TDI says. It says that “it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.” The TDI also condems Mexico for failing to use the public domain (unclaimed land) to support education.

    …none of the people involved in the struggle against the military dictatorship had been to a state school – as they did not exist at the time.

    James Fannin, who commanded Texas troops in the Goliad campaign, had attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Robert Potter, who was Secretary of the Navy for Texas, attended the “common schools” of North Carolina, which I believe were publically funded.