Skip to comments.The Left's Next Step: Redefining 'Hate Speech' as Violence
Posted on 07/17/2017 12:11:09 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
And guess who defines what constitutes 'hate speech'?
An article in the Sunday Review section of the July 16 New York Times posed a question which, once upon a more innocent time, would have been considered nonsensical: When Is Speech Violence? The response of any person who cares about the clarity of language would properly be Never, but Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, asserts in the Times piece that the science is settled: speech that bullies and torments is literally a form of violence.
It might seem obvious, Barrett begins, that violence is physically damaging; verbal statements arent. Yes, that should be obvious to anyone except illiberals, who know that whoever controls the language controls minds. So they are hell-bent on weaponizing words to advance their totalitarian agenda.
The left has spent decades successfully normalizing the intentionally vague term hate speech in the culture, even going so far as to insist that it should not be protected by the First Amendment. But what is hate speech? Its anything the left wants it to be, of course. When the media elites of CNN or HBO or The View or late night talk shows openly bash Christians or the traditional values of flyover Americans, it is never, ever condemned as hate speech; but those same elites leap to denounce virtually everything the right says as such. It is a brilliantly effective way to delegitimize conservatives and their ideas, and to exclude them from the public sphere.
Now illiberals want to take the concept of hate speech to the next level, redefining the word violence to include emotionally hurtful language, and Barrett and the New York Times are attempting to legitimize this scientifically.
Barretts premise is that words can have a powerful effect on your nervous system. The stress they cause can make you sick, alter your brain even kill neurons and shorten your life. Thus certain types of speech can be a form of violence. She notes that this concept is the sort of thing that has led to campus controversies about microaggressions, which have stuck [sic] many as a coddling or infantilizing of students, as well as a corrosive influence on the freedom of expression necessary for intellectual progress.
Yes, that is precisely what all this politically correct umbrage about safe spaces and trigger warnings is: coddling and corrosive. But it is also more than that; it is an insidious strategy to shut down ideas and people that the left wants to demonize as not simply unworthy of debate but as dangerous and evil.
Barrett believes she offers a scientific rationale for which kinds of controversial speech should and shouldnt be acceptable on campus and in civil society. In short, the answer depends on whether the speech is abusive or merely offensive. The latter has no adverse physical effects, but what she calls abusive speech triggers the kind of stress that brings on illness and remodels your brain. Thats also true of a political climate in which groups of people endlessly hurl hateful words at one another, and of rampant bullying in school or on social media. A culture of constant, casual brutality is toxic to the body, and we suffer for it.
Few would disagree that our political discourse today is toxic, but labeling it violence is a bridge too far (except, of course, for actual incitement to violence, which is already excluded from First Amendment protection). Barrett actually calls it reasonable, scientifically speaking, not to allow a provocateur and hatemonger like Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at your school. He is part of something noxious, a campaign of abuse. There is nothing to be gained from debating him, for debate is not what he is offering.
That is utterly false. It is not Milo who isnt interested in debate; it is the politically correct bullies of the left, who have jettisoned intellectual debate because they know they cannot compete with conservatives on the level playing field of reasoned argument. The reason the left has nothing to gain from debating him, as Barrett claims, is not that he is unwilling to debate but that he crushes opponents in debates. That is why the left prefers to employ Saul Alinskys strategy of the politics of personal destruction.
Having dismissed Milo as a hatemonger unworthy of consideration by decent people, Barrett moves on to casually dismiss the political scientist Charles Murray as a racist although his speech isnt violent, she concedes, merely offensive. Its revealing that Barrett didnt offer up examples of hate speech or racism from the left; why not use the anti-Christian gay activist Dan Savage as an example of hatemongering? Why not name Al Sharpton as an example of a racist? The tiresome accusations that Murray is racist are based literally on one tentative sentence from his whole impressive oeuvre of social commentary, whereas Sharpton has a lengthy career of openly racist statements and unapologetic race-mongering.
And yet Sharpton can speak anywhere, anytime without fear of violence from the right, while Murray recently had to flee a speaking engagement when Antifa thugs shut it down and chased him to his car, assaulting his escort, a female professor, in the process. Dan Savage can spew his profane hate anytime, anywhere with confidence that he will remain safe, but rioters injured at least half a dozen Trump supporters and caused over $100,000 worth of damage to the UC Berkeley campus where Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak earlier this year. Barrett is arguing that shutting down Milos appearance is acceptable because he is noxious and there is nothing to be gained from debating him.
Barrett concludes her article by paying lip service to the necessity for open conversations and vigorous debate about controversial or offensive topics, then declaring that we must also halt speech that bullies and torments. From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence. Literally. Sorry, illiberals, but to quote from The Princess Bride, you keep using that word I do not think you know what it means. Speech is not literally violence. Of course verbal bullying can be stressful, but to claim that speech qualifies as violence redefines both concepts and enables the left to demonize and shut down any argument they deem sufficiently stressful. That, of course, is their aim.
Defenders of the First Amendment must never budge an inch on this issue. Free speech protections must never be restricted to exclude what some consider offensive speech. As free speech proponents these days are constantly compelled to explain, the whole point of the First Amendment is to protect speech we find offensive or with which we disagree. Thats why the left craves so badly to limit it, all the while waging literal violence against the right
Guess the left will have nothing to talk about, since opening their mouths is ‘hate speech’...
A long time ago, my Mama taught me to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.”
Common sense, right?
Any standard that allows the listener to define the parameters of what a speaker may say is inherently anti free speech. The limits of free speech are, essentially, that one may not say something that is intended to cause actual, physical harm to the BODY of the person who hears it. One cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater, unless there is actually a fire.
By defining "violent" speech as speech that causes an emotional reaction by the listener, this person explicitly endorses the repeal of all free speech rights in the country. I am certain she has never looked up the word "unalienable".
Another commie goal achieved.
I believe that's already happened, at Evergreen State College. The students who took over the campus, kicked all white people off, and caused the whole school to be shut down early (and possibly permanently) defined anyone who disagreed with them as guilty of "hate speech," and then defined "hate speech" as "violence."
This gave them justification to set up roving patrols of minority and LGBT students who armed themselves with bats, knives, and clubs. Campus police were told to stand down and not intervene.
Then a mysterious phone call came in to the local 911 line, on which an apparently male voice stated that he was going to bring a gun to campus and murder as many people as he could find there. After that, the semester was basically called off and school ended early this year.
Their graduation ceremony was moved to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma "for security reasons."
The Left's war on reality will apparently continue for at least a little longer. We must not let it regain the upper hand, which made the Clinton & Obama nightmares possible.
while there can be such a thing as abusive speech that bullies and torments, it is far far far far far rarer than the socalled left wants us to believe
what they like to do is create “needs” for more and more governmental usurpation of power ... while reducing the citizens to subjects and then dependents and then eventually just slaves of the State
This is 1984/Bravo New World Dystopian society come to fruition. It’s Stalinist Russia and Hitler’s Germany.
Hate Crimes are another joke. I can hate you all I want. It’s my right to hate you. If I beat you up, murder you or destroy your property the crimes must be battery, murder or destruction of property......whether or not I hate you is irrelevant and bogus.
Once again we see 'science' used as a rubber stamp by unholy Leftists to validate their latest will-to-power. Thus everything from global warming to evolution, critical theory, multiple and ever evolving 'races' and genders,' and other such babble declared 'facts of science.' And since Leftists are self-evolved 'gods' they determine the meaning of 'unalienable.'
The babbling insanity, perversity, and other evils of our age are not due to America's plunge into the Red Queen's city beyond the Looking Glass but to the rise of Satan's City
I am not going to be here to satisfy the feelings of pedofreak demands like in the days of Sodom
They all can go ef themselves with their redefinition of violence, rape is still rape, pedophilia is sick
This is the logic of a mass murderer. First, rationalize that some action or behavior on your victims’ part is “equivalent to violence”. Then any actual physical violence that you engage in becomes self-defense, or even a moral obligation.
I argued with a chick who was absolutely unscientific, a Diva with barely a highschool degree. She said she was atheistic because religion is differentiating yourself. Basically they practice Politically Correct atheism, like a mask of make up and hypocrisy, and not the independent scientific type.
When they say science, it is not real science they mean, but something politically correct to blend into
“The left” will ALWAYS fine a way to re-define anything to something they think is demeaning. It is a Communist script they read.
Now, for 65 years i have called folks as i see them.
I ain’t about to stop for some marshmellow’s feelings.
The left is trying to bring the U.S. down with hate speech. They are doing this, because Barak and Valerie hate the U.S.
The left owns and practices hate speech.
VI’OLENCE, noun [Latin violentia.]
1. Physical force; strength of action or motion; as the violence of a storm; the violence of a blow or of a conflict.
2. Moral force; vehemence. The critic attacked the work with violence
3. Outrage; unjust force; crimes of all kinds.
The earth was filled with violence Genesis 6:11.
4. Eagerness; vehemence.
You ask with violence
5. Injury; infringement. Offer no violence to the laws, or to the rules of civility.
6. Injury; hurt.
Do violence to no man. Luke 3:14.
7. Ravishment; rape.
To do violence to or on, to attack; to murder.
But, as it seems, did violence on herself.
To do violence to, to outrage; to force; to injure. He does violence to his own opinions.
VI’OLENCE, verb transitive To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence [Little used]
(Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
...and violence as freedom of speech and vice versa.
Can we now classify the Quran and Maxine Waters as violence?
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