Pacifism and Trash

Yesterday, I asked Brandon Christensen to leave my blog while an interesting discussion was going on. Previously, Brandon had unlimited posting rights on this blog which he used with discretion. I asked Brandon to vacate yesterday because of a single word he used on my blog: He called me a “liar” repeatedly. There is no need for such childish insults. It’s easy enough to say, “What Delacroix affirmed is not true; see….”

Basic civility matters more to me than whatever comes out of discussion of heavy topics between strangers. Trash-talk is already all over the web. I believe it does not contribute anything useful. If it did, I would still reject it and decline to sponsor it. The haste to conclude that an opponent in a discussion is lying rather than mistaken or even deeply self-deluded is a gross form of intolerance. Personal insults are a step toward totalitarianism, I think although maybe a small step.

One of the beauties of the Internet it that it gives one latitude to reject the widespread notion that one “cannot make omelets without breaking eggs” (attributed to that great liberator, Mao Tse Tung.) I will make omelets without breaking eggs. I will continue to cause discussions to happen without carrying trash.

The topics addressed yesterday and the day before, on war and peace, and on pacifism are important. If nothing else, beliefs on these currently cripple libertarianism as an effective political movement. I expect to address them again in a little while. Brandon will be welcome to comment at any length he wishes so long as he does not insult others, including me. If he does, I will censor him. Personal insults are the only things I will censor. Absurd affirmations will be welcome, as in the past. Delirious beliefs will be given pride of place. That includes pacifist creed masquerading as anything at all. (And, yes, I think the authors of the masquerade are sincere in their self-delusion.)

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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4 Responses to Pacifism and Trash

  1. Bruce says:

    I hope Brandon will learn from this experience. Calling someone with whom you disagree a liar closes more doors than it opens. If one of my employees had a difference of opinion and called me a liar he would be soon be playing the railroad game home version. In my lifetime I have been called a lot of things, seldom have I been called a liar. Maybe Brandon does not understand the gravity the word carries. You were right to take him to the woodshed on this one. A man would thank you and apologize sincerely.

  2. Nick says:

    life isnt a video game where words just appear on the screen but still you go around picking up stuff and opening doors. I wouldnt like to be called a liar either, sure you can always nitpick words until someone is a liar but its like olives in your cake. With that said I would like to say that I hope y’all have a good day.

  3. Oh my. Banishment? And getting called a “totalitarian” on my way out the door, to boot? Ouch.

    Here is how Merriam-Webster defines a lie:

    An intentionally false statement.

    Speaking of trash, when somebody continually labels people he disagrees with as “pacifists” or “religious cultists,” even when it has been shown that they are not, what does that make the person doing the labeling?

    Anything but a liar, right?

    Good luck in next year’s elections and with the direction of the blog. I’m sure that the three of you – Dr J, Brave Bruce and the mildly-retarded Christian guy (“david”?) – will come up with something brilliant. Wow, those tin foil hats really do bring minds closer together!

  4. Brandon: You are not banished. You are desinvited from calling someone a liar on this blog. Feel free to call others religious cultists as I do. If you don’t grasp the difference, it’s OK: My blog; I make the rules about civility on it.

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