Sunday, 21 June 2020

"And if it offends you, just don't listen to it."

I was reminded over the weekend of Jello Biafra's "Disclaimer" at the start of LA punk band Offspring's album 'Ixnay on the Hombre.'

Astonishing that in 1997 the enemies of free speech, the targets of Biafra's humour here, were in the religious right...


1 comment:

  1. I've said it for a long time: Liberty is for adults. It takes a level of maturity to say "I disagree strong with this, even find it disgusting, but it's not my life and therefore not my business." Modern Liberalism, in contrast, is a very juvenile doctrine. It seeks, like a child, to be protected from the scary things around it. It views risk as inherently evil, rather than a challenge to be overcome; it views contrary ideas as dangerous and therefore to be suppressed; it views anything different as inherently evil and therefore to be attacked; it views throwing tantrums as appropriate behavior. And in all things, it wants Mommy and Daddy to protect it, in the form of government intervention.

    When you put adults together they establish rules, codes of conduct, and social norms that allow everyone to live their lives with a minimum of friction--constitutions, in other words. When you put children together, you get CHAZ. It's actually worse than "Lord of the Flies"; those children in reality (as opposed to the book/movie) acted with a maturity that today's Liberals can't imagine.


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