Dissent Is Healthy and Important

I am a liberal, and I am not shy about my disdain for conservatives. I even believe, and once wrote an article explaining, that conservatism is morally wrong. But despite this, being liberal is technically a side of the political spectrum, and I do believe that there needs to be an opposite side to balance the spectrum.

Lately, I’ve been seeing articles and videos talking about how corporations and media outlets are targeting right-wing commentators, pushing them to lose their means of income for “advocating hate-speech.” These people are even targeting leftists, mistaking them for belonging to “the wrong side.” And this needs to stop. The left has become authoritarian and they are acting against the very rights they masquerade as supporting.

You cannot advocate freedom of speech and yet be on an endless campaign to silence everyone who disagrees with you. But there’s also a more important aspect of this. The other main point I’m getting at is the fact that once a particular group, side, party, or political ideology becomes the establishment and the controlling power, it becomes easy and inevitable for that controlling power to become mad and corrupt. We are all human. We are all susceptible to this. And it’s happening. My side has become mad and corrupt, and this needs to be opposed.

I’ve seen vegans and vegetarians go at each other’s throats, arguing about who’s more pure and who’s morally superior. I’ve seen feminists attack women for not being “strong and independent” enough. What??

Not to mention, there’s the simple fact that most conservatives aren’t even bigots. People like Hunter Avallone, Paul Joseph Watson, and Lauren Southern have never uttered a single anti-woman, anti-gay, or anti-anything (that I know of). Just because they criticize the radical, and occasionally violent tendencies of the left, that doesn’t mean they’re evil. If anything, it means they’re sane and good people. The only, and I mean ONLY, time it is morally permissible to silence someone is when they are ACTUALLY promoting bigotry. When you see a conservative saying “black people deserve to be slaves”, then you ought to oppose them. But if they simply say “I’m not a feminist”, then you’re obligated to look into why they’re saying that before reacting. It’s about nuance. The world is not black and white.

This is a cycle, though. In a way, both sides have always dominated their own areas of society, but as for the overall scope of society, power changes hands every decade or so. Currently, it’s the Left. In the past, it has been the Right. Whenever one side has dominated culture, they get out of control, every time, both Liberal and Conservative. When this happens, it’s the job of the other side to get the ruling side back to earth.

I encourage everyone reading this article to watch this video that a YouTube channel called “Computing Forever” made. Toward the end, he explains what I’ve been describing. So, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has noticed this. Conservatives, one day, you’ll be the ones who need taming, but for now, it’s my side, and while it’s my side that’s gone mad, it’s up to the adult liberals to get the maniacal liberals under control and so far we’ve done a shit job at that.

Not all liberals are the same, not all conservatives are the same. I follow people like Paul Joseph Watson and Hunter Avallone, and I’ve actually started supporting Avallone just in case media outlets successfully silence him. He’s a conservative but I support his right to speak and express himself. It’s what I would hope for people to do if I was being wrongfully silenced as well. I do think that people like Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulos are despicable people and I will never support them, but that’s only because of who they are as people, not simply because they’re conservatives. This is how we ought to treat people who say things we don’t like, and this is how we ought to approach the other side of the political spectrum: an individual basis. Everyone is different.

This is Michael, writing for PhilosophyMedia.org. Please subscribe, and please support PhilosophyMedia on Patreon here.

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