213374U Posted September 10, 2009 Share Posted September 10, 2009 Being wrong (in the context of the collective state) is the definition of crime, surely? And while I have no option but to accept that intellectually there are no illegitimate ideas, wanting to force - for example - all coloured people into death camps is something I'm comfortable defining as illegitimate. Call me reactionary and take away my monocle.Putting people in death camps IS illegitimate... as it's against any number of laws both local and international. But that's an act, not an idea. The idea is "all black people must die". If suppression is the first (and best) way of dealing with that sort of crap in a society that prides itself in its "freedom"... well, I can only shake my head in shame. Being wrong in any context, by itself, cannot be a crime. Acting on those wrong beliefs or ideas may be. Strictly speaking, yes, if you took away oxygen completely you wouldn't have any fire. That's a win. But I'm not arguing for the total elimination of all ideas. I'm arguing for the removal of ideas oriented on a specific goal - inducing hate. This strikes me as no more absurd as removing arms from people fire them in the direction of people.Yeah, ok. What's hate? What is conducive to hate? If hate is a byproduct of simply exposing facts, is that propaganda and must be eliminated as well? And most importantly, who are we going to trust with the responsibility of safeguarding our intellectual hygiene? Easier said than done man, and the potential for abuse is far in excess of the advantages it may bring. - When he is best, he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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