Phew, Pew!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-11-23 05:58

My biggest fear in writing this article is that I might not offend millennials.

"Millennials" are those I refer to as "Generation Airhead"—anyone under the age of 35-ish, high-tech, low-brained; unable to write, spell, speak or think; gum-chewing; death-metal-deafened; Faecesbook-addicted; Narcissistic, mannerless psychopaths with an empathy lobotomy. I have oft cited comedian Louis C. K.'s description of them as "the crappiest generation ever." I have called them "Voltaire's antipodes," knowing they'll be clueless as to who Voltaire was or what an antipode is (if Jesse Watters were to ask them they'd hazard a guess that Voltaire's Antipodes was a rock band). They are reliably and deeply stupid, ten-plank thick. The only sensitivity they have is to criticism, and the idea there is a right to criticise. Millennials take offence at the drop of a hat (and would deem this metaphor a "micro-aggression" against oppressed hat-droppers), and routinely believe that offensive speech should be banned.

Or so I thought.

It turns out that this last statement, while true of many millennials, is not true of all, or even most—at least in America.

A new Pew poll shows 40% of American millennials believe the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive things about minority groups. That's much higher than "Gen X" (35-50 years old)—27%, Boomers (51-69)—24%, and "Silent" (70-87)—12%, and is disgraceful—but still leaves a staggering (to me) 58% who agree with the proposition that "people should be free to say these things publicly." 58% of moronnials thought that?!

Being a much better result than I would have thought, this has given me considerable pause. It's earlier than I imagined. It's not all over. There's hope.

I had, mistakenly it seems, assumed America to be as bad as New Zealand, where such speech is already illegal and punishable by fines and imprisonment—Political Correctness rules, there is no longer any journalism anywhere, and probably 95% of Generation Airhead would agree with the concept of banning "offensive" speech if they could grasp it. Clearly, America is not as bad as New Zealand.

Yes, the trend is all in the wrong direction, as reinforced by the fact that 80% of the over-70s would err on the side of freedom (bravo! With age, and having had to get off one's butt for freedom, indeed comes wisdom), 71% of Boomers and 70% of Gen X—an unmistakable sign of the forward march of odious PC fascism. But 58% of moronnials means the situation is still eminently salvageable. Moronnials as a whole are not yet the "Hitler Youth" I have been calling them.

Clues as to what has to happen are contained in the poll's other findings. Significantly more men favour freedom than women. Fine. Disenfranchise women. Damn fool thing ever to give the silly things the vote in the first place. They're congenital control freaks. Give them the vote and the next thing you know they'll be running for office. That could mean President Hillary. 'Nuff said. Then, far more Democrats than Republicans oppose freedom. Equally easy. A literacy test for voting. That will disenfranchise most Democrats. Voila! Problem solved. I might have added disenfranchising those with college degrees (again, a literacy test would do it) since degrees are nowadays a guarantee of moronry, but to my astonishment the college-"educated" were decisively on the side of freedom in this poll.

Though there might be elements of flippancy in the last paragraph (almost enough to get me jailed in anti-free speech New Zealand), I am quite seriously, genuinely encouraged by these results. They lead me to conclude that the task is nowhere near as impossible as I thought. Of course, the findings are not so encouraging in Europe (Britain excepted) but it all hangs on America. When America abandons its First Amendment, we will know all is lost, for all the civilised world. The widespread embracing of a non-existent right not to be offended would be a sure sign. However, the overall result of this poll—67% saying one should be free to say things offensive to minorities in public, 28% saying one shouldn't—shows America is not even close to that yet. All is not lost.

Courage, freedom-lovers!

Oh, and notwithstanding the foregoing, everything else I said about moronnials remains true. (Phew! The horrid things will be offended after all!)

Details of Pew Poll here:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/20/40-of-millennials-ok-with-limiting-speech-offensive-to-minorities/


Imaginary causes

mvardoulis's picture

Invent bad guys and then "defeat" them.

Moronnials at their silliest

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http://m.ottawasun.com/2015/11...

Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of "cultural appropriation."
Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly yoga instruction to students since 2008, says she was shocked when told in September the program would be suspended, and saddened when she learned of the reasoning.
Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that "while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students ... there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice," according to an email from the centre.
The centre is operated by the university's Student Federation, which first approached Scharf seven years ago about offering yoga instruction to students both with and without disabilities.
The centre goes on to say, "Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced," and which cultures those practices "are being taken from."
The centre official argues since many of those cultures "have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy ... we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga."

Its by design

mvardoulis's picture

Governments don't want an educated populace. They want workers/consumers. All of this reminds me of a latter-era George Carlin rant, 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged and any literary dystopian predictions.

As a Gen-X-er with a trio of millennials of my own, I can say that all hope is not yet lost, but the fight is on for this generation. My oldest, a 16 year old daughter, has challenged the statism/collectivism of her literature teacher by constantly interpreting literature from her strong individualist perspective. She is quick to cite modern dystopian fiction such as the "Hunger Games" as her inspiration to reject groupthink and trust in government. She's not alone, but she's in a definite minority. I'm pleased but not surprised, in 4th grade during her presentation about her 'favorite President' she was the only one in her class to select Thomas Jefferson "because he believed in leaving people alone as long as they were leaving other people alone, and so do I". My boys are younger, but just as bright, and share the same rebellious streak. The tide is against them, but I'm confident they are up for the task.

NZ high school children ...

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... would not know who Charles de Gaulle was, let alone Charles Martel. And certainly not Winston Churchill.

The moronnials interviewed by Jesse Watters today variously thought:

Reagan or Nixon dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

The War of Independence was fought in 1976.

Vermont? Never heard of that! What is it?

Iran is Australia.

India is Russia.

Etc.

There may be some hope. An

Triassic's picture

There may be some hope.

An article from the "Not PC" blog - "The Left has lost a generation" -
http://pc.blogspot.co.nz/2014/...

I agree, though, that the knowledge of many people under 40 or so is *abysmal*. As for the knowledge level of the *children*....... (shudder).

I'll bet you could go into almost any high-school class in New Zealand and if you asked the students who Charles Martel was, not one of them would know. Heck, they probably don't even know who Winston Churchill was! ( They probably think he's the "NZ First" leader. )

- Martel

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