Re: Discriminatory Remarks
I've just posted this in another thread:
"I don't have time to do this characteristically well expressed posting justice, but I would just point out that a "poisonous atmosphere", which I don't want either, can be just as well created by those determined to take offence as by those who give it. I'm not denying the moderators are applying the rules - I'm questioning the rules. Rules against making any generalized adverse observations about any group of people are wrong, precisely because such observations are sometimes true, and allowing such observations (subject to sensible caveats about insulting language & so on) is less likely to lead to a poisonous atmosphere than placing over-sensitive people above criticism, as nothing is more frustrating than suppression of the truth. But I should have included my proposal for a generalized rule against flaming in this posting, just to make it clear I was not advocating some kind of insult-slinging free-for-all. As for the heretics thing, again I was unclear - I wasn't thinking of burnings at the stakes but the sort of treatment David Hume & Edward Gibbon, say, had in the 18th Century. I also would urge you NOT to underestimate the totalitarian potential of political correctness; numerous academics & politicians have had their careers ruined by the p.c. thought police, as I am sure on reflection you would recognize. I'll have to say something more considered at another time."
I'm very short of time, but just to make it as clear as I can - I am NOT suggesting we allow postings that advocate mass murder of ethnic or other groups (which should include, by the way, bankers, much as I hate them, aristocrats, estate agents, or any other group), but this is covered under the "wishing death" rule. Nor am I suggesting we allow postings that use language widely considered to be insulting - but again, this is surely covered by any rule against insulting language, which would cover the c-word as well as the n-word. Nor am I saying we should allow postings deliberately intended to piss people off or, as the jargon has it, to "flame". I'm just saying the category of "discriminatory remarks" is a) unnecessary, as genuinely egregious instances are covered already by other rules, & b) inimical to intelligent discussion of numerous subjects, as soon as some damn fool decides to be "offended".
"There is no such thing as 'the world'." - Enoch Powell.