Friday Ephemera
Radical Moderation

Against Hate, You Say

Further to this unedifying exchange, more mouthings of the woke:

Some of us identify as queer, non-binary, asexual, femme, men, POC, etc. We are your neighbours, we are your co-workers, we are concerned citizens who feel that one does not need to be part of an organisation or pre-existing group to speak up and oppose oppression wherever it rears its ugly head.

So says Humans Against Hate, a group of anonymous Portland activists who rail against the “oppression” of ideas being discussed, and whose implied definition of neighbourliness is, shall we say, intriguing.

You see, if Jordan Peterson is permitted to speak to people who wish to hear him and wish to ask him questions, then the venue being hired will be assailed by a mob of ill-informed Mao-lings, for whom Peterson’s arguments exist only as caricature, and who promise to “disrupt” not only the event in question, thereby spoiling the evening of roughly 3,000 people about whom the Mao-lings know nothing, but also other, unrelated events, involving unrelated people, just because they can. “We will not stand for bigots coming to our city,” say these self-imagined warriors, these champions of the downtrodden.

Because harassing random people and ruining their evenings, while exulting in the thrill of mob coercion and intimations of thuggery, is what people who aren’t full of hate do, apparently.



Although originally a non-offensive reference to fishing by trolling for comments or suggestions, the term in Internetspeak has evolved and now refers to someone who engages in discussions purely to provoke or annoy. Because trolls take away from productive work, the ideal response is to starve the troll of attention by ignoring it and going about your usual business. People being people, though, someone usually takes the bait, which is why trolls are so notorious.

Many presume that troll refers to the ugly monsters who eat people alive, but the term derives from the practice in fishing of dragging a baited hook or lure behind a moving boat (trolling).[2] In other words, trolls are looking for some sucker to bite.

...Not a term I use lightly...


smile politely, and march on past.

That's what I do.


I guess y'all are right, WTP and Geezer; I just have the weakness memorably depicted by XKCD (

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I just have the weakness memorably depicted by XKCD...

Completely understandable, and something to which I must confess having fallen prey to upon occasion, but in this instance henceforth I have to look at it, as it is really no different, as having to resist giving the brat acting up in the store a swat - just not worth it in the long run.


Alex, as you note, Nothing in all of the goalpost-shifting, irrelevant links, and other simulacra of debate here is an argument.

Now . . . if you can state an error---and that means something that can be refuted, not merely something that you hope to disagree with--That is something to discuss and comment on . . .


Oh, I’m quite guilty as well. We all fall off the wagon from time to time. It helps to have a partner you can call on when you’re feeling week, but since that isn’t exactly practical blog-wise, we take turns helping a brother out. Maybe next time, you can be there for me. Promise?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Maybe next time, you can be there for me. Promise?

Orale, I got your back vato.

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