Painting the Fences Gray

Zippy has a very good post up talking about exactly the sort of phenomena I talked about in my previous post (which, oddly enough, was going to be about something COMPLETELY different originally – why I like the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, the Shiloh series of books, and the Louis Sachar (“Holes”) novel “Small Steps”?), titled “Forging the hammer of tolerance in the furnace of liberty”. The post is short; I encourage all of you to read it.

There he says this:

They all vote on what color to paint doors, fences, walls, and driveways. Oddly, the society in which they live is all beige and gray. A few of the folks who felt especially strongly about other colors are in prison, or are at least unemployable and ostracized. They don’t really grasp what happened, because they really are sincerely live-and-let-live kinds of folk: they just start to draw some lines when it comes to important things like yellow driveways.  And where did all of these social justice warriors come from, anyway?

And so we get a bit to what I was talking about in my last post and in my comments: EVERYBODY is trying to mandate or censor something. Everybody. That is not the problem. The problem is twofold:

  1. Nobody is willing to admit this, because it contradicts fundamental liberal principles
  2. The subset of people mandating drab gray is winning

The drab gray people are the social justice warriors.

And the first group is everybody else, in all their various colors.

This, by the way, is where Vox Day is correct in “SJWs Always Lie” about taking down SJW entryist attacks at the source. The problem isn’t the SJW thought-policing. It’s that their form of policing leads to the drab, gray world – you’ll notice that Vox’s methods amount to, admittedly even, thought-policing SJW’s out of your organization. Our goal is to create a world more full of the true, the good, and the beautiful, and to do it without the mass slaughter of liberalism.

Nobody said it would be easy.

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One Response to Painting the Fences Gray

  1. GJ says:

    Nobody is willing to admit this, because it contradicts fundamental liberal principles

    Not just fundamental liberal principles but fundamental liberal practice: trying to have power and authority exerted while simultaneously trying to hide that power and authority is being exerted. Vox is more self-aware than most, admitting that he too is advocating silencing and thought-policing, justified by ‘we’re different because our objectives are different’.

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