The Self-Trolling Minority

I am blessed in many ways that my college English major advisor, the late Dr. Jim Blake, worked so hard to put the kibosh on any idea I might have had of being a college professor.  It was the right call in so many ways.

But there are times I feel a tinge of regret, if only because it’s foreclosed any opportunity to pull an epic troll like this professor has done.

Essentially, calling someone ‘he’ or ‘she’ when they really want to be called ‘ze’ is on track to becoming on par with using racial slurs.

Peterson doesn’t like this one bit. In an effort to oppose the bill, he’s been attending free speech rallies and publishing articles online explaining his viewpoint.

In an interview with The Daily Signal, he said, “The law should be very careful when it mandates what people have to say.

There’s a big difference between being required to not say something, and being required to say something. One is closing your mouth. The other one is putting a hand inside you and forcing you to be a puppet.”

Don’t believe the article?

Puppetry is, of course, what academia is about these days.

20 thoughts on “The Self-Trolling Minority

  1. So this newest crusade all came up just in the last couple of years. So…what is next for the SJWs. They have to come up with a new cause that is more radical than the last.

  2. If the progressive left is trying to position itself as the antidote to reality, they’re doing a heckuva job. I can understand people thinking it would be nicer if they’d been born the opposite sex, especially if they’re male and on campus these days, but there are simply some facts that don’t bend to popular opinion very well, like what’s between a person’s legs, and that that DNA says.

  3. On a lighter note….did you hear about the drunk Hillary supporter in Amhearst Wisconsin….she thought the local conservation club meeting was actually a Trump rally, so she smeared peanut butter on all the cars there.

  4. I have to give him credit for trying to explain himself in a calm manner, even when he had 5 little magpies sqwauking at him at once.

  5. You wonder how those nice, sane, civilized Europeans of 90 years ago could become vicious communists and fascists? You are watching it happen in real time.
    These people oppose freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and endorse discrimination on the basis of sex, ethnicity and national origin.
    A wiki leak:

    From:fromanm@citi.com
    To: bobama@ameritech.net
    Date: 2008-10-06 20:38
    Subject: Diversity

    Barack —

    Following up on your conversations with John over the weekend, attached are two documents:

    — A list of African American, Latino and Asian American candidates, divided between Cabinet/Deputy and Under/Assistant/Deputy Assistant Sectetary levels, as well as lists of senior Native Americans, Arab/Muslim Americans and Disabled Americans. We have longer lists, but these are candidates whose names have been recommended by a number of sources for senior level jobs in a potential Administration.

    — A list of women, similarly divided between candidates for Cabinet/Deputy and other senior level positions.

    Please let us know if you have any questions.

    — Mike Froman

    https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/15560

  6. The strength of the US does not lie primarily in its military, or even in its narrow economic power. Its strength lies in the fact that 75% of the world wants to be its ally and trading partner, and nobody but despots and crackpots want to ally with Russia and China.

  7. Well, yes, EI, but that position changes if indeed Mrs. Clinton gets into office and starts to implement disastrous economic policies that would put close to a million people out of work and thus erodes U.S. purchasing power, and then goes further to further decimate U.S. military capability. You’re making the classical liberal mistake of assuming that the policies can shift without simultaneously shifting economic and geopolitical realities.

  8. “The strength of the US does not lie primarily in its military, or even in its narrow economic power. Its strength lies in the fact that 75% of the world wants to be its ally and trading partner, and nobody but despots and crackpots want to ally with Russia and China.”
    This is dumb, Emery.
    I’m going to rephrase to make my point: “The strength of the US does not lie primarily in its military, or even in its economic power. Its strength lies in the fact that 75% of the world wants to be its ally and trading partner, because of its military and its economic power.”
    I took the ‘narrow’ out of ‘narrow economic power’ because it was gibberish. The US dominates the world economy in areas as diverse as manufacturing, software, and financial services. The US is not a narrow economic power.

  9. The hegemony of the US relies primarily on the voluntary adoption of the American system by most of the rest of the world. That matters far more than however many armored divisions and bomber wings are at a power’s disposal. The truly powerful man does not rely on vassals and slaves for his power; he has friends.

  10. Isidor,

    I agree that protecting free speech is a paramount requirement to the preservation of any democracy, including ours. I agree as well that preserving freedom of (and from) religion is also.

    Calling those on the left fascists when they do not embrace the hyper-nationalism, hyper-militarism, or the symbiosis between corporate and public leadership which existed in fascistic regimes, is historically wrong.

    Mitch – I too find the they/”ze” thing more than a little off-putting. They is of course a plural pro-noun, not singular. I can “accept” “ze”, but let’s be clear, no LAW is going to be passed requiring it, saying that’s happening is silly because it’s a violation of the 1st amendment for the government to mandate which words can be used. Discrimination isn’t tolerated, but calling someone he or she, even in error, even in spite, could not be defined that way I believe. Please look if you would for an example of the same thing being done in the past. The words he and she aren’t considered prejudicial and so aren’t considered profane or discriminatory. There are certainly those in society who want to police the words we use, for example, using Democrat Party vs. Democratic Party – but that doesn’t become law. I push back on people who say I’m supposed to say “ze”. My reply is that it’s a newly invented convention, but I’m not bound to adopt it just because the prefer it. I’m not being offensive, I’m simply using the language I know and the language which is widely accepted as appropriate. They can attempt to shape culture, but that shaping comes with choice, the same choice they’d expect US to respect about their preferences of dress.

    Long and short, I agree it’s hard to accept. I don’t agree that I need to be afraid of it but accept there’s a reason to push back on being forced to do something simply because someone else demands it about themselves. Just because someone calls himself/herself a “white nationalist” doesn’t make them anything other than an insipid racist, and I’ll continue to call them that. While I don’t equate sexual ambiguousness with racistm, no one, NO ONE, should be allowed to force their particular version of political correctness down our throats in any guise. Shouting someone down who doesn’t agree with you is not tolerance. The only type of intolerance they should have is toward those who are intolerant of things about which they have no choice (such as gender identity) but choice of pro-noun, that’s a choice I prefer and insist, that I will continue to make.

  11. Pen – this is in Canada. They don’t have the first amendment there. A LAW is being discussed according to the linked article.

  12. The comment thread reminded me, did DG ever provide her source for the claim that gender reassignment surgery alters the patient’s genes?

  13. The hegemony of the US relies primarily on the voluntary adoption of the American system by most of the rest of the world. .

    Well, yes, EI, but what if, as our President promised would be the case, the American system has been fundamentally changed? If the American system the world loves is Coca-Cola, you can not substitute “Great Value” and assume things will be the same.

    Again, basic error the left makes constantly. They think they can fiddle with the knobs to their heart’s content without the system behaving differently.

  14. Calling those on the left fascists when they do not embrace the hyper-nationalism, hyper-militarism, or the symbiosis between corporate and public leadership which existed in fascistic regimes, is historically wrong.

    Calling a man in a dress, wearing a wig by a female pronoun is historically and biologically wrong, teh Peevee. Calling a woman with a buzz cut wearing suit and tie by a male pronoun is historically and biologically wrong, teh Peevee.

    Calling anyone “ze” is just stupid, which is it’s attraction for you, probably.

  15. You are penning platitudes, Emery. Or maybe you’ve cribbed words from someplace on the internet.

  16. Penigma wrote:
    Calling those on the left fascists when they do not embrace the hyper-nationalism, hyper-militarism, or the symbiosis between corporate and public leadership which existed in fascistic regimes, is historically wrong.
    I did not say anything like that, Pen. And what is the difference between ‘wrong” and “historically wrong”?
    You have a long standing habit of reading a comment, rewriting it in your head, and then responding to the rewritten words. this is called a “straw man argument”, and so it is not worthy of a response.
    But I will respond to your definition of fascism as “hyper-nationalism, hyper-militarism, or the symbiosis between corporate and public leadership.”
    By this definition, every European nation was fascist prior to 1914. This is no coincidence. The definition you cite was developed by the communist party of the USSR, which defined itself by its opposition to the pre war European order and liked to think of itself as the historically inevitable ‘cure’ for the failure of the pre war order.

  17. If you have no biological sex, but instead a gender assigned to you at birth, aren’t ‘dead’ and ‘alive’ equally arbitrary language constructs used by the “living” to oppress the “dead”? Once we, as a society, declare a person to be ‘dead’, we take their property and bury them or burn them. If you are not a Democrat, you even lose your right to vote.

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  19. Just because someone calls himself/herself a “Democrat” doesn’t make them anything other than an insipid racist, and I’ll continue to call them that.

    FTFY

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