In Defense of Being Offensive: Jonathan Rauch on the New Threats to Free Thought

Jonathan Rauch concludes: “Is it a dangerous situation when someone can shut down the search for truth by saying ‘Oh, that offends me’? Absolutely.”

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  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    people must learn again the Legion
    not as war
    but as peace
    as law
    there must again be the vexillarious, legate, centurion, imperious, et cetera
    by any other names
    no names
    anonymous
    unanimous
    a nation that has sought to be so technological has succeeded so much that it has failed
    because it was not prepared
    it was not patterned
    it was not with oracle
    yet again they appear even through the reversion to barbaric tribes and cults
    and it has remained this way
    again
    the so called stock market shall inevitably pass again as Mithras
    and equality is the fact of what danger applies universally
    in the past that’s been war and its de facto purpose
    natural occurrence, even

    You’re Not Ready

  • BuzzCoastin

    throughout the meager record called History
    there has always been a resistance to new, unorthodox ideas
    while the technologies that really screw-up thinking go unchecked
    everyone was up in arms over the ideas surrounding the Protestant Reformation
    but no one was against the printing press that spawned it

  • echar

    Fuck this guy! *kidding

    I find it ironic how mild mannered he appears. Excellent topic.

  • Haystack

    When someone tells me that I can’t express myself because something I say/did might be offensive…that offends me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ron.barrow.9 Ron Barrow

      tell me about it!!!

  • Aram Jahn

    I love this guy…and I’m not even a fag like he is!

    No but seriously: offensive speech does seem to be a major part of the improvement of human knowledge. This critical, basic fact seems horribly misunderstood or even non-understood in the US. Rauch’s riffs on university liberals and “hurtful” speech seems only too true. I like his bits on purists vs. pluralists too. His use of “good” and “bad” seems a tad too cut/dry for me, but maybe he was dumbing it down for the cameras. The book title…was it Kindly Inquisitors? piqued me. Reminded me of Bertram Gross’s title Friendly Fascism.

    Good catch, Staggs. Thanx.

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