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There is no true free speech for anyone who's gender critical anymore. The above statement, which I'm sure we've all read countless times by now, assures that anyone writing critically against the gender cult could be targeted for harassment (online and offline), and might end up cancelled and out of a job. All this for speaking their mind, for having the 'wrong thought'.

How did this mantra gain such traction? How can there even be such a thing as a 'wrong thought'? If your speech has consequences, then it's clearly not free. TRAs even use the word 'deplatform' to describe what they're doing against adverseries. They use the excuse that when someone is 'a bigot' they can do whatever is needed to silence this person. However, in these cases, the word 'bigot' is never clearly defined. It's just anyone who disagrees with or criticises them. Therefore JK Rowling is called a bigot for writing clearly and compassionately, without any bigoted ideas whatsoever.

Freedom of speech should be free, meaning that every word, every thought should be permissable. An idea should be met with well thought out criticism, but not dogpiling or harassment. And a thought should be met with another thought, and not mantras.

Maybe TRAs don't like freedom of thought, because they have so few thoughts themselves.

There is no true free speech for anyone who's gender critical anymore. The above statement, which I'm sure we've all read countless times by now, assures that anyone writing critically against the gender cult could be targeted for harassment (online and offline), and might end up cancelled and out of a job. All this for speaking their mind, for having the 'wrong thought'. How did this mantra gain such traction? How can there even be such a thing as a 'wrong thought'? If your speech has consequences, then it's clearly not free. TRAs even use the word 'deplatform' to describe what they're doing against adverseries. They use the excuse that when someone is 'a bigot' they can do whatever is needed to silence this person. However, in these cases, the word 'bigot' is never clearly defined. It's just anyone who disagrees with or criticises them. Therefore JK Rowling is called a bigot for writing clearly and compassionately, without any bigoted ideas whatsoever. Freedom of speech should be free, meaning that every word, every thought should be permissable. An idea should be met with well thought out criticism, but not dogpiling or harassment. And a thought should be met with another thought, and not mantras. Maybe TRAs don't like freedom of thought, because they have so few thoughts themselves.

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I’m in the UK, so this may not apply everywhere, I think it gained traction because we stopped teaching people how to think in schools to instead teach them set answers so they got good test results. If these people actually were to think it through they’d realise that freedom of speech only exists where there is also freedom of consequences and this will effect them too, but right now only the people they dislike are being harassed or fired from jobs so it’s fine.

I think it gained traction because we stopped teaching people how to think in schools to instead teach them set answers so they got good test results.

This is an interesting point. I think you're on to something here.

Agree with this, though I also think that the internet and social media have created a culture where people don't read anymore. They just ingest small 'soundbites' and then move on. Without a high level of literacy and reading comprehension, people's ability to think critically also becomes limited. There's a reason the pre-Enlightenment era was called 'the dark ages', and one of those is because the average person was illiterate. Only the clergy and aristocratic people could read. With the clergy especially, this meant that they held all the powers of interpretation. Their interpretations of scripture became what everyone had to follow. It's almost like how, today, young people will go on Youtube (or IG, TikTok, whatever), and listen to some influencer's opinion on things. They will ingest those opinions on the news, current events, social issues, etc, and then pass it around as if it is truth, instead of going to the sources themselves, reading about these issues extensively, and then making up their own minds. It's like, the search for truth no longer exists because people lack the skills to even know where to look for it, or how to find it. This isn't just young people's faults, but also that of the ones in 'authority' who should have been providing them with those tools, whether it be their parents, their schools, universities, the media, big-tech, the government, etc, etc. All 'authorities' have ennabled this culture of anti-learning and anti-truth. A dumbed-down population is, after all, easier to control.

I don't know if it was ever implemented consciously as a tool, but other than that I agree with you. Thank you for writing this.

[–] Jem 3 points

Interesting take. I'm definitely going to use this.