[Emmons/Wilson] Guardian unwittingly gives Jordan Peterson's new platform free advertising

[Emmons/Wilson] Guardian unwittingly gives Jordan Peterson’s new platform free advertising

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[ThePostMillenial.com] In a rambling column today, Martha Gill, one of The Guardian’s authoritarian scribes, attempts to take Dr. Jordan Peterson to task for launching Thinkspot—a new free speech-friendly social media platform.

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Gill begins by listing a litany of hypothetical protests by imaginary “free speech” advocates: “Young people today can’t cope with reality and if you try to tell them about it you’ll get arrested” and other things that no reasonable person would ever say. Spiked! columnist Andrew Doyle was quick to point this out on Twitter.

Gill writes: “Free speech advocates also misunderstand the motivation of those who might want to shut down a debate: they see this as a surefire mark of intolerance. But some debates should be shut down. For public dialogue to make any progress, it is important to recognise when a particular debate has been won and leave it there.”

This may be difficult to understand, so we’ve translated it from Guardianspeak to English: “We get to decide which opinions are acceptable. If you wish to express opinions that are unpopular with Guardian columnists then you must be suppressed. We have the final say on what you can and cannot say. That’s what progress means.”

This is an endless, binary tirade between the ideas that there are things that should not be spoken of in order to preserve the purity of the greater good and that there are no subjects or ideas that should be disallowed. Free speech advocates are not saying that horrible things should be spoken of, but that they should not be singled out as things which must not be spoken of. As nuanced as that is, and as unnuanced as The Guardian is these days, this is a distinction that must be made.

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