The brief at OoL was that posts, in some way, were connected to the concept of freedom and a natural corollary of that – its limits.
Should burquas be banned? Should smoking in public places? Should there be any bans at all, e.g. people decapitating others in the name of a cause?
And the stance of the blog, namely that there is no real stance beyond live and let live, really comes under severe pressure when it’s clear that some are operating under the rules of comment is free, not to put an alternative point of view but to proselytize and coerce, as one person falsely claimed OoL was trying to do, when in fact they were the ones doing it by curtailing discussion.
There is so much faux claim and counterclaim on this issue and one section of society which has severely pressurized the libertarian is Islam. Below are excerpts from a PJM article on the destruction of thousands of years history by ISIS.
The Guardian describes what was wrecked:
A professor at the Archaeology College in Mosul confirmed to the Associated Press that the two sites depicted in the video are the city museum and Nirgal Gate, one of several gates to Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire.
“I’m totally shocked,” Amir al-Jumaili told the AP “It’s a catastrophe. With the destruction of these artefacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul’s civilisation.”
Isis took control of Mosul last summer in a lightning advance that led to the eviction of thousands of Christians and other minorities from their ancestral homelands in the Nineveh plains, amid reports of forced conversions.
It’s something to bear in mind the next time you come across a breathless article describing how militant Islam preserved classical knowledge and saved the world from the Dark Ages. Meanwhile a Bangladeshi-American blogger, noted for advocating atheism on his blog site, was hacked to death with machetes and his wife seriously injured in Dhaka.
We also see such things in the cries of white on black violence and skulduggery, whereas I’ve just finished reading an article showing how complicit blacks were in the slave trade and how much blacks ripped off blacks in the early days of the recording industry, well into the 60s. Things are simply not as the Narrative claims – all black and white.
Why didn’t ticking the right boxes, supporting the multicultural agenda and voting for all the most progressive candidates on the ballot not give them some measure of immunity from attacks?
The standard theory, as exemplified in a Washington Post article, is that some undiscovered White Man’s sin, lying unnoticed in the bosom of the sincere progressive, has not yet been expiated. Speaking of the recent identification of Jihadi John as a Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi, the Washington Post article quotes a source characterizing “the ‘gentle, kind’ Jihadi John [as] a ‘beautiful young man’”
In a nutshell, one side of politics is spouting utter bollox.
It’s your fault. That’s the standard theory: the real reason for murderous events in Europe and Mosul and Bangladesh — even Nigeria – lie in a centuries old grievance detected by Jihadi John. But there’s another explanation you may wish to consider. You are watching entropy at work, witnessing the destruction of information and seeing disorder take over the world.
This was something I fear I did not get over, in the last post, quite as well as this author quoted now.
Order is statistically hard to achieve. Disorder is relatively easy to create. It took an ancient craftsman years to produce those statues preserved in the Mosul Museum, but it took a thug only a few minutes to pound it into rubble and dust.
Since order and knowledge are expensive, what we call civilization essentially advances by remembering which wires go where. The innovation of political correctness however, holds that since all jumper connections are equally valid, anything goes and one can even rearrange older wiring to suit aesthetic impulses.
Steering it back from the left/right Narrative/non-Narrative issue to the destruction of thousands of years of heritage in the blink of an eye by these yahoos, don’t ever tell me about the love of knowledge and the flourishing of culture in the middle-ages by these throwbacks.
The only flourishing of culture was that of the planet of Krikkit and you’d need to have read Adams to get that one. Paraphrased, it was the flourishing of culture, peace, love, brotherhood and the obliteration of anything else not Krikkit.
Similarly, the destruction by Christian zealots of the pantheon can be seen as also Luddite.
What though of the example in the last post, of the sexualizing of children? What if a statue was put up of some longtime fighter against this sickness, against the paedo-priests, Dolphin Square, Rotherham – against all of it?
Should this be “balanced” by an equal statue put up to celebrate Harman and the principles of PIE? That is, to the destruction of the underpinnings of society? Should we have a statue of Hitler and Mengele to celebrate the advance of civilization?
If not, then where are the limits?
And that is the issue in general – where are the limits? It seems to me that we have a continuum here – licentiousness on the left, then libertarianism, then classical liberalism as we move rightwards.
Were we to do this as a political compass, where do we place the X on the chart?