Ron Paul: The Notion That Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked Over Free Speech Is ‘fantasy’: Reason says: “Charlie Hebdo editors mocked fundamentalists knowing that they could be attacked for it; they were then sued, firebombed, sued again, fatwa’d, and finally massacred by Muslims who complained specifically about that mockery. Yet it’s somehow a ‘fantasy’ to conclude that ‘they cannot stand our free speech’? That does not pass the giggle test.” Hear, hear.
“Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma”: I like this article because it puts trauma in perspective. Overall, trigger warnings strike me as simultaneously glib and patronizing — and oppressive. So we all need to be sensitive in this way, RIGHT NOW… but look, we can be sensitive by just listing some keywords at the top of an article for the people who are too delicate to even read about this topic. Blech. If someone put a note at the topic of an article saying, “Hey, this is a story about X, and I know that reading about X can be really upsetting to some people who’ve experienced this, so tread carefully here,” I’d be grateful. “Trigger Warning: X” makes me want to punch the author.
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