Society's division

I blame university students and recent graduates for all of the flame wars springing up in society now. It wasn't perfect, but society was not on an existential collision course towards civil war or economic break-up until these nut jobs used their social media influence to complain, whine, and cancel everyone they could. What losers. I hope they get their juste dessert.


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Oct 24, 2021 at 8:06pm

The current model of capitalism, the economic system in most of the world, is causing growing inequality and pushing the planet to it's limit, with climate change. Student activists are just pointing out the obvious. Some of us want to join the 21st century, not live in a world stuck in the mid 20th century. Those that want to live in the mid 20th century do so because that era best benefited them the most, and they aren't LGBTQ or people of colour.

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Jordan P. Shapiro

Oct 24, 2021 at 8:58pm

Glad you're enjoying the Kool-aid.

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Another posibility...

Oct 25, 2021 at 12:07am

... is that it has always been this way, and with the rise of the Internet, alternative media and the ability for people to talk amongst themselves without "supervision" has created the necessity that the system of totalitarian thought control has to ramp up in order to maintain itself.

It was only the Theaters Act, 1968, which abolished the statutory censorship of theater---sort of. The Act says, most instructively, that

"The Theatres Act 1843 is hereby repealed; and none of the powers which were exercisable thereunder by the Lord Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household shall be exercisable by or on behalf of Her Majesty by virtue of Her royal prerogative." (Theatres Act 1968)

This indicates that censorship of plays is a part of the "royal prerogative," which is a fancy law term for things that The Queen can do simply because she is Queen, over and above what others may do, because they are not Queen.

In several English cases, the Queen is said to the "censor morum," or "moral censor," and on this basis the censorship of all sorts of works has been exercised, on behalf of her majesty, by the Courts---though in one early case it was held that the Courts Temporal could not intervene if it was mere words, only if there was tort or force, and that mere speech was only subject to spiritual censorship.

Or consider the philosopher Bertrand Russel, who in 1940 was asked to lecture on mathematics and philosophy at New York University in the USA. This was challenged in Court on the grounds that Russel held opinions that were immoral, and that he had published them, and that he was not a proper person to lecture on mathematics on that basis.

So, really, when is this period in history where we did not have all of this censorship? Even the Georgia Straight was brought up on obscenity charges. Maybe there was a brief period, from, say, 1968 to 1988, give or take, where people had far more freedom of speech than ever before, but what is happening now is simply the norm throughout most of history.

The "civil war" is between people who have re-activated the antiquated "censor morum" machinery, which was put on the rocks in the late 1960s, so that they can build a "better world," by bludgeoning people who say things with which they disagree. They are very "nice people."

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Oct 25, 2021 at 12:35am

You're living in a dream land because all I see are grumpy boomers spouting their rude remarks and troublesome views all over social media. Almost as if they sit all day waiting for the latest article to publish so they can spew their negative opinions

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Society’s opinion…

Oct 25, 2021 at 2:47am

…unpopular division.

See what I did there? You need a now hobby.

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Oct 25, 2021 at 7:24am

All I hear is another irrelevant and mediocre man whining and crying because he cant get away with racist and sexist behaviour anymore.

"Just let me harass you!!! Snowflake!" - OP probably

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You're Right [J]

Oct 26, 2021 at 3:32pm

I just looked it up. War and economic collapse were invented by a university graduate as part of their final project in 2015. If it's any consolation, they're sorry it got so out of hand. They apologized for spoiling the golden age you remember so fondly and accurately.

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Oct 27, 2021 at 11:12pm

Based on the informative post above, it sounds like you think you are Queen and have some sort of royal prerogative to exercise over us commoners! We should be so happy that you are not shouting "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!" at us for our transgressions, m'lady.

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Oct 28, 2021 at 12:50am

If you don't learn something new everyday day then your living in a past that will keep repeating itself.
Change is inevitable and your just along for the ride and we can all make a difference in this world even just putting your thoughts out there for the world to mull it over because it gets people thinking!
GD people need to think a little more and not follow the so called rules so blindly like sheep.
Be the catolist you want to see.

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Oct 29, 2021 at 10:48am

Don’t be so sensitive

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