The left was traditionally the politics of Free Speech, Individual Liberty, personal development and self determination. It was the left that celebrated anarchists, non - conformists, eccentrics and outsiders. Left wig writers and performers thrust obscene words and sexually graphic images into the public sphere and left wing critics supported them. I was a member of the British Liberal Party from the 1960s to the 1990s, tolerance and open mindedness were our watchwords, we tolerated homosexuality but saw no need to glorify it, likewise with abortion - Liberal politicians campaigned for it to be legally available, but not used as a routine form of contraception (watch the British move Vera Drake if you want to know the background to that). Conservatives were the ones who insisted on 'decency' and a kind of moral equivalent of foot-binding that produced many emotionally stunted, judgmental, self righteous individuals. A hypocritical brand of Christianity demanded moral regulation, both within the private sector and from the national and local government, to protect the public from being debauched by the dark forces of bohemianism.
Now, in an era of identity politics, leftists are becoming the ones who censor and and call for free speech to be criminalised, invent crimes like 'hate speech' and ban certain words and ideas they find offensive. This has led to some bloggers and new media journalists (and I'm mentioning no names here) dubbing them 'bansturbators' because they get off on banning other peoples' fun.
Breaking the new language rules of the the illiberal liberals is about to become very expensive in New York.
Washington Post correspondent Eugene Volokh recently broke a story revealing that the New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued guidance that employers, landlords, professionals and businesses can now be fined up to $250,000 for not using an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title, under the New York City Human Rights Law, “regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.”
Legal “guidance” for businesses in New York states: “Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles. Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir.” So, if you willfully and/or maliciously refuse to call a person “they” as preferred, you can be fined.
People will be forced to use “ze”, a made-up word that has no meaning beyond subjective personal definitions, to refer to one person, and then required to use a different pronoun for the for the next person of the same gender you encounter tomorrow. And everybody will have to be au fait with the new terms that some groups, particularly blacks and the Gay BLT lobby come up with an a weekly basis. So far, the pronouns for the various types of transgender freaks include “ze,” “xe,” “ve,” “(f)ae” and “per,” and more. Some even insisted on “Mx.” instead of “Mr.” or “Ms.”
This mandated speech code amounts to a rejection of biology that is far more unscientific than rejecting evolution as creationists do, and yet the people who claim they believe in science are quite happy with it not only because it endorses leftist cultural authoritarianism (a form of moral fascism that has no place in democratic regimes)but because it threatens to make criminals of people based on somebody's subjective response to their behaviour.
For a group who claim to be opposed to privilege, this seems very much like creating a privileged Gay, Lesbian and Transgender caste.
“We can’t even display a license plate that says ‘Live Free or Die’ on our car, if somebody objects to the message because it makes 'ze' feel threatened (by others' freedom?) or hurts 'ze' feelings; that’s what a court ruled in Wooley v. Maynard (1978),” Volokh argued. “But New York is requiring people to actually say words that convey a message of approval of the view that gender is a matter of self-perception rather than anatomy.”
What’s more, Volokh warned, the Big Apple grammar police have declared that “refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment.” Thus under New York state law it is a crime punishable by heavy financial penalties. This is not an empty threat, in 2012, Mirella Salemi, a Manhattan-based lesbian chef at a Mexican eatery, was awarded $1.6 million in damages by a New York county judge, because her employer, Edward Globokar, “threatened her soul” and held employee prayer meetings in the hopes of curing her of her sexuality. The fines were upheld in 2014.
President Obama’s dictatorial imposition of a transgender-bathroom policy for all of the nation’s schools makes it clear that if the rent - boy President's anointed successor managed to stay out of jail and gain the Presidency, the federal government will probably follow New York City. The Obama administration has prioritized gay, lesbian and transgenerr issues throughout its second term and has already taken the view that existing federal sex-discrimination laws automatically apply to "gender identity." The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission views it as illegal under federal law to persistently call employees by the "wrong" (i.e. biologically correct) pronoun.
And what is the correct pronoun for creatures that have their wediing tack cut off? Or for people like bruce - Caitlyn Jenner who hold on to their bits but dress in womens' clothes and 'identify' as women? Personally I call the latter chicks-with-dicks. But then I have no intention of visiting New York any time soon.
The Greenteeth Defending Free Speech CatalogueEvents in recent years have shown us democracy is a sham. From the USA where big money owns the political system through the European Union where the bureaucrats of the European Commission in Brussels openly express contempt for the elected governments of member states and clearly state that the faux - democratic European Parliament is irrelevant, and the wishes of member states are not considered, it is up to the bureaucrats and experts to do what is right for Europe, WE THE PEOPLE are fighting a war like none we have fought before as the political, financial and academic elites try to disempower the masses. Only through our right of Free Speech can we expose the corruption and self interest at the heart of the system and hold to account the people who would create a global, authoritarian government.
The Greenteeth Defending Free Speech Catalogue
The Left In Meltdown
As the UK Labour Party crumbles into complete disarray with it’s leader, the sixty – eight year old perpetual student protestor Jeremy Corbyn proving a more divisive figure than any of his predecessors, as he sacrifices more and more votes on the altar of fashionable causes, and the EU, natural successor to Hitler’s European unification project falls apart in the face of resurgent cultural nationalism, it is quite satisfying to see ...
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