Well, that other thread has gone off topic yet again. So I’ll put this point about Milo in this one, where it’s more at home…
Certain people are “befuddled” that Milo would choose to embrace the right when it’s the left that are so pro-gay. Doesn’t he know who his enemies and friends are? The right hates gays! The left loves gays! They say so all the time! It’s, it’s… false consciousness!
No, it’s true consciousness. Milo isn’t stupid. He’s friends with people who don’t threaten to hurt him. The leftist mobs on campus are scary. They’re violent. They don’t tolerate his particular variety of diversity. They have their pigeonholes, and he doesn’t quite belong in any of them, and they hate him for that.
As for the right… they actually ARE diverse. Some like him more than others do. But they’re not an existential threat. That’s the difference.
Antifa is the ugly face of leftist hypocrisy and intolerance. If they don’t like your words, they try to bash in your skull. Because words HURT, man.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, and that’s why Antifa has been declared a terrorist organization. That’s also free speech absolutism is by far the more reasonable position.
If the snowflakes stick to whining and screaming at the sky, we can ignore them. If they start getting violent, then we need to slap them down hard. Never, ever allow screaming toddlers to set the agenda for society. They need a time out. And if that doesn’t work, they need to be spanked.
Because Milo isn’t harming anyone. He’s not the problem. He’s the diagnosis. He’s the messenger. He’s alerting us to the problem. And the problem is all those screaming assholes telling him (and others) to SHUT UP OR ELSE.
I never tell anyone to shut up or else, because I’m a grownup. But I do tell people to stop hitting me or else. And I mean it.
Someone once said “hit back twice as hard.” He also said a lot of other stuff that was bullshit, but he said this, and about this he was dead right.
Free speech absolutism is the best absolutism.