April 12th, 2013

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Since I've said I won't respond any more on That Site because saying anything that disagrees with the host is "policing" the discussion and trying to stifle debate, I have to get this off my chest here out of the sheer frustration I have about people who have a fundamentally different view of the world than I have.

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What seems to be my problem is that I believe in democracy, and I believe in free speech, but I also believe that "free speech" doesn't mean "I get to say anything I want without contradiction and without reaction or consequence, and you don't have the right to contradict anything I say, because actually disputing anything I say is 'oppressing my free speech.'" And I believe that if you work hard and do a good job, there's a pretty good chance that you will get ahead if is possible to do so. Now I suppose the further problem is that I'm white, middle-class, well-educated male. (That well-educated part at the expense of the state of California and the US federal government who subsidized part of the cost of that education; I'm no right-wing libertarian no-guv'mint nut.) That means I have privilege coming out of my ears. But does that really mean that my opinion is meaningless?

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