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Animal Rights and the Challenge of Activism

Animal Rights and the Challenge of Activism

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Painting by José Jiménez Aranda at The Walters Art Museum

“How do you know someone is vegan?” “Don’t worry, they’ll tell you!” We all know it. Animal Rights activists are annoying and pushy. They will ‘shove their beliefs down your throat’ when you are just trying to enjoy your lunch. Whether How I Met Your Mother or South Park is your show of choice, you will have seen this notorious creature represented on screen, and given the recent growth in the movement, you probably know someone in your own life who always ruins a dinner party. Maybe you, like me, are the annoying vegan.

In Defense of Climate Protesters

In Defense of Climate Protesters

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“Emblem 45” by Michael Maier (1617)

Acts of civil disobedience often emerge out of a sense of desperation in which citizens feel they are not being heard by decision makers by other means, and so they are forced to seek alternative ways to be heard and to affect change. The very function of civil disobedience is to protest against injustice—a requirement for any democratic society, though it is often portrayed as a foolish, juvenile activity reserved for people on the lower rungs of society.

How to counter Holocaust denial–a particular type of hate speech

How to counter Holocaust denial–a particular type of hate speech

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Treblinka train station sign

What does it mean, to ‘counter hate speech with more speech’?

Hint: it doesn’t mean 5 minutes for the Jews and 5 minutes for Hitler.

In 1971, over the course of several months, historian Gitta Sereny trudged regularly into a prison in Dusseldorf, Germany to sit across a small table from Franz Stangl, former commandant of the extermination camp Treblinka. Between April and June of that year, Sereny collected over 70 hours of interviews with Stangl who died on June 28–within hours of her last visit. For the following 18 months Sereny continued researching details of the stories Stangl had told her and to speak to people who had known him when he was in charge of killing operations at Treblinka.

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<i>Looking Backward</i> by Edward Bellamy: Is this 1888 vision of a year 2000 Utopia still relevant?

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy: Is this 1888 vision of a year 2000 Utopia still relevant?

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Forty years after the Communist Manifesto eviscerated capitalism and predicted its demise, a relatively unknown American writer shot to fame with a fascinating blueprint for its replacement.

Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward 2000 – 1887 was a literary, cultural, and political sensation. First published in 1888, it was an international hit and only the second U.S. novel to sell a million copies.

‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic

‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic

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‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic

Moral grandstanding is an ever-present, seductive force. It may feel impossible to avoid for many of us, but it is necessary to do so if we want to coexist meaningfully with each other. Next time you feel the urge to make a moral proclamation, consider whether you are actually advancing a cause, or yourself.

Free Speech is a core value of the Left

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Genuine support for free speech means it must apply to speech you don’t like

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Pro Free Speech Doesn't Mean Absolutist support for all speech

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Blasphemy–a notion that crystallizes so many of the issues around free speech

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marginalized groups benefit the most from free speech protections

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If leftist values have actual moral standing they can and should stand up to scrutiny and questioning

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Speech is not physical violence, it’s an alternative to violence

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Successful challenges to power build on a foundation of free speech

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Free thought depends on free speech: censorship leads to a culture of fear where people learn to hide their real opinions

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Free Speech protection for all is inherently anti-authoritarian

Let’s hear the Arguments against free speech

 

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free speech isn't free, someone always pays a price

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Banning certain speech prevents harm, is in a good cause and therefore the ends justify the means

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There is no Truth but My Truth (stay in your lane)

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speech is LITERAL violence and can kill

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free speech is a tool of oppression by the powerful and a gateway to fascism

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The first amendment is protection against state censorship but is irrelevant to social media

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Free Speech is actually just license for Racists and bigots to spew hate

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Laws against Hate Speech Reduce Intolerance and prevent the rise of fascism

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READ the Paradox of Tolerance to understand why some speech needs to be suppressed

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