Friday, January 09


A Very Modest Proposal

The greatest satire of modern "liberal" thought you'll read all year.
This new human rights law will set up state surveillance of intolerant citizens, including those who voice anti-feminist views and those who voice overt approval of a totalitarian ideology. Intolerant citizens will not only be arrested, but will also be sent to special re-education facilities designed to instill values of tolerance, and the law will also require all media outlets to promote a climate of tolerance. The law carefully takes freedom of expression into account.
The only question is whether this is intended as satire.

Update: The 21st century's answer to Jonathan Swift insists that she's serious.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:43 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Sadly, I think it's pretty clear she's being completely serious.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, January 09 2015 04:44 PM (+rSRq)

2 It's Poe's Law all the way down:
Nobody has the right to take away rights from others. Nobody has the freedom to take away freedoms from others.

Anyone guilty of hate speech – which should carry criminal penalties of 25 years to life – should be sent to special prisons designed to re-educate them and to instill values of tolerance, freedom, democracy, and human rights in them.

How can that not be satire?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 09 2015 09:05 PM (2yngH)

3 The key to satire is that you -stop-, and if someone goes "I think this might possibly be satire," you respond with "indeed, how could it be anything else?" If someone says, "This is ridiculous and you are an idiot for advocating it," you respond with "it's satire, how could anyone possibly actually think these things?"

You don't go onto Twitter to defend your satire. (I say "defend", but there's not a lot of actual conversation going on there; "restate the points of the article as people yell at me for being a twit" is probably more correct. Twitter sucks as a venue for this kind of conversation.)

That doesn't mean it's honest, but if it is not, at this point it is not humor or wit, but just plain trolling.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Friday, January 09 2015 10:49 PM (ZeBdf)

4 It's a new art form.  I call it Found Satire.  It's when someone presents an argument so ill-considered, so deeply irrational and disturbing, that it becomes a compelling case for the diametrically opposing position.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 09 2015 11:13 PM (PiXy!)

5 So, Juxtaposing this against recent events.  Did the fluffyhead who thinks she can legislate people out of badthinking propose punishments for Badthink? And did those punishments look anything like what happened in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, or just like the fellow in Saudi Arabia who is getting 1000 lashes?

I mean, if she's really serious about this....

Posted by: Mauser at Monday, January 12 2015 01:51 PM (TJ7ih)

6 Yup, 25 to life in re-education camp for Badthought.

I'm still pretty convinced it's satire; after declaring her undying support for freedom of speech she provides twenty numbered and increasingly deranged paragraphs of things she'd outlaw, climaxing with:
20. Speech which is found to be irresponsible, unethical, antisocial, hurtful, impolite, uncivil, abusive, distasteful, and/or unacceptable in general.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, January 13 2015 12:49 AM (2yngH)

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