Why This Radical Leftist is Disillusioned by Leftist Culture
– by Bailey Lamon
'...Speaking of Fascism, there is also a disturbing trend on the left nowadays that involves rejecting free speech/freedom of expression as a core value, because that speech could possibly be hurtful to someone, somewhere. This is not only dangerous but it also works against us, because as leftists we are often labelled as threats by the state and at the very least, we are unpopular by society in general. Does this not mean that freedom of thought and expression are crucial to our struggles? That we should always defend our right to question what we’re taught, our right to be different? As Noam Chomsky put it: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”...'
Politics, we should fight authortarianism in any form. Show more
@jd Huh, intresting. I guess some of the Social Justice groups tend to go to the authortarian side of the left.
Do remember that it's not a one-axis spectrum, there's two. Economics (Left to Right, or Socialist to Capitalist, if you want to be accurate.) And Liberties (Authortarian to Libertarian).
It makes sense to me, at least.
@jd Popper's paradox of tolerance precludes freedom of speech, and given that rights granted by states can be rescinded at any time because rights are a function of power, leftists actually _don't_ benefit from freedom of speech.
Furthermore both Kropotkin and Marx are pretty explicit that the Capitalist class should be excluded from political and sometimes ethical considerations, so this is kinda foundational?