Where Online Social Liberalism Lost The Script

I don’t normally believe in reblogging and this is the first time I’ve ever done such a thing on Geek Bravado. However, this post resonated with my thoughts on the issue of the continuing decline of online discourse so much, I couldn’t help but promote it here as well. What this writer says is exactly why I have to largely (and cowardly) stay out of so many discussions on these issues now and why my one attempt at jumping into it (my previous blog post) was so weak sauce and toothless, I’m almost ashamed of it. Regardless of what side of any issue you fall on, this should be read by everyone because this is the primary reason we can’t have proper discussions about these things any more.

The Dish

by Freddie deBoer

I’ve developed something of a reputation as a socially liberal critic of today’s social liberalism. I got an email from a Dish reader who asked me to flesh out where I’m coming from.

I guess what it all comes down to, for me, is that social liberalism was once an alternative that enabled people to pursue whatever types of consensual personal behavior they wanted, and thus was a movement that increased individual freedom and happiness. It was the antidote to Jerry Fallwell telling you that you were going to hell, to Nancy Reagan saying “just say no,” to your conservative parents telling you not to be gay, to Pat Robertson saying don’t have sex, to Tipper Gore telling you that you couldn’t listen to the music you like, to don’t have sex, don’t do drugs, don’t wear those clothes, don’t walk that way, don’t have fun, don’t be…

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