Tuesday, August 20, 2019

If You’re Outraged, You’re An Idiot

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There used to be a bumper sticker that read, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." I think it should be updated to: "If you are outraged, you're probably a knucklehead."
Outrage Culture is the Left's latest attempt to end an argument they can't win. Leftism wrecks economies and endangers America's historically unique commitment to individual liberty. Since every leftist ideal from socialism to disarming the populace is a threat to our founding ideals, and since any open debate will expose that threat, the Left spends an inordinate amount of time inventing new strategies to try to force the opposition into silence.
Political correctness is such a strategy: If you don't use our words, you're evil. Calling people racist, white nationalist, white supremacist and Hitler — another strategy: as if the only possible reason you could want to enforce the rule of law at our borders is because you don't like brown people! Pretending to take jokes seriously is yet another strategy. And so on.
This sort of aggressive shut-uppery is in itself a violation of American values. In this great land, we should be able to say, think, debate anything we damn well please. Plus shut-uppery romanticizes the unsaid thing. It threatens to make repugnant philosophies like racism cool because they're forbidden.
But more than anything, shut-uppery makes the Left stupid. When it works, it means they don't have to test their ideas against opponents of good will. They don't have to listen, just rant. They can become as insulated, one-sided and willfully ignorant as an editor at The New York Times.
Read the rest from Andrew Klavan HERE.

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