Tagged: Andrew Sullivan

Adieu créature

An anonymous complaint about the previous post and an apology:

On behalf of the International League of Flying Primates, I do wish to formally condemn the prejudice put forth in this column against airborne simians.

We still combat the propaganda of 1939 put forth in a Hollywood film which portrayed us in a shamefully degrading manner. We were at the time a colony of a foreign power which, as it may be pointed out, sought remedy against an injustice perpetrated against the sister of our former leader.

Nevertheless, we are a stable, forward-thinking republic of freedom-loving brachypterous apes. To associate our legal skills with the Trump association is a grievous slight. Please understand that it causes our membership great offense to compare us with the hairless bipeds of the Trump racketeering organization.

That is your last counseling session. Should it occur again, you will be struck unawares with an aerial poo bombardment.

My sincere apologies to the ILFP and any unaffiliated airborne simians.

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Trump says Germany owes “vast sums” to NATO. Coincidentally, Trump owes “vast sums” to his former contractors.

A “conservative columnist” has been diagnosed with Maddow envy.

The southern border wall must be high enough for “the President” to have a great fall.

Speech and counter-speech

Andrew Sullivan has hyperbolized about the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla.

Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.

It’s unclear whether this case has any First Amendment ramifications. But aside from this, what Sullivan (and many other First Amendment absolutists) fail to understand is that no one’s protected speech is protected from other peoples’ equally protected speech. In other words: There is no freedom from the critical speech of other people. You can say/write/express whatever you want, but you have to be prepared to deal with the discursive blowback. Eich apparently decided that the best way to deal with it, from a fiduciary standpoint, was to resign. He is still free to put a soapbox up on any street corner, stand on it, and shout his views to any passerby who stops to listen. He just won’t do it as CEO of Mozilla.