FFS – CAN WE STOP BEING SO EASILY OFFENDED

Having given up any hope of winning the real class war the Left – including us comrades – has not gone on the offensive but on the offended. Oh how joyfully we get on the internet and point our fb pages at some offender like kids trying to get the teacher to believe us – look look Miss – Clarkson’s said the N word – punish him miss – confiscate his column. In a week when 250 Nigerian girls were taken captive into slavery it’s Clarkson or some UKIP backwoodsman saying something ridiculous that exercises our outrage. Michael Crick who used to be a decent reporter now sets up imterviews with nonagenarian UKIP members ad intones with gravity its significance as they say that they want the black and white minstrels brought back. then we all follow suit – UKIP want the black and white minstrels brought back we eagerly tell pour imaginary friends on facebook. But there’s only so much outrage you can confect then its diminishing returns. As Marina Hyde writes:

‘why all right-thinking people to the left of Ukip – from Tories to commies – are supposed to regard it as a triumph each time a news outlet’s exposé forces Nigel Farage to outlaw some nobody for a vile thing they said on social media three years ago. This, apparently, is a win, even though the evidence suggests it simply calcifies the sense of asymmetric warfare against Ukip out there in the unreachable spaces where all those rising numbers of people who are going to vote for the party are living their unknowable lives.’

So now UKIP are chased round the streets from their rallies while Labour and Tories who are practicing racists with years of murder on their hands and hold no public meetings just soundbite opportunities go unscathed. We have given up real struggle for an internet desire to be offended. It requires no effort. UKIP is a godsend to lazy lefties…………..meanwhile as Marina Hyde asks ‘what’s going on out there

in the unreachable spaces where all those rising numbers of people who are going to vote for the party are living their unknowable lives.

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10 responses to “FFS – CAN WE STOP BEING SO EASILY OFFENDED

  1. thebristolblogger

    The problem is no one gives a fuck about being called a racist, homophobe etc except the kind of people who incessantly throw these accusations around.

    About 80% of the population is bored shitless of every perceived minor slight and insult being condemned as racist while, like you say, the real racists are consistently let off the hook.

    The games up for the left.

    • Dr Llareggub

      Some of the posts here are so welcome. The bureaucratic left, the SWP, and the smug lefty media have been very busy supplanting class politics with race issues. Now none of us in the anarchist movement have supported racism, and many of us oldies were out there against Enoch, Apartheid, supporting the US Civil Rights movement. But now the only arguments you get from these lefties is whether someone is a racist, for saying this or that. I am politically experienced enough to know what racism is, and can separate it from crude and mindless comments from overpaid BBC presenters.Well, the race argument is not working against UKIP, and working people who support them will not take kindly to racist smears. I am prepared to counter UKIP’s policies along with the rest of the political classes, but I don’t want to be pissed off by someone trawling the fascist/racist card..

      Every day black children are being slaughtered in Africa and our media cannot bring themselves to condemn it. I am close to this – just completed a research study on. indigenous people in Africa, and real exploitation by multi national companies trading their genetic material. Jeez. People think of capitalism in terms of greedy bastards taking money, land, gold and diamonds: a new currency is genetic material, and a lot of suffering is on the cards. Still, lets leave all that alone, and focus our outrage on some stupid TV presenter, or a celebrity who tweets about his golly.

      I need to stress just how insidious is the left’s embracement of offence as a tactic. Politicians have established laws extending the concept of offence (yes, the criteria is subjective) to protect from criticism beliefs which any normal human being would see as cruel and ridiculous. The number of people in categories held to be in need of protection from offensive language is increasing and currently includes 115% of the population!. Why not extend it to offending Tories and public schoolboys?
      Most people aren’t aware that there is a ‘political officer’ in ever single public sector department. They call them ‘diversity officers’ and they are there to monitor and report on anyone whose language may be deemed offensive, just like in the old Soviet Union. And the traditional left have bought into this, believing that they are challenging genuine evils. All that crap churned out by Stand Against UKIP and the UAF about UKIP and their supporters as Nazi vermin, to my mind, reveals how easily some knee jerk leftists have been brainwashed.

      Maybe I am wrong, and should go and beat up the two elderly sisters who have put a UKIP poster in their window opposite my house.

  2. ldev

    UKIP should be opposed on the streets in the same way as the BNP and EDL were-they are no different. THEY are racist nazi vermin and appeal to the racists in a ”respectably acceptable” package- theres widespread support for them from the middle-englander brigade and oap closet racists.THEIR VENEER IS BEING ACCEPTED AND NEEDS TO BE SMASHED ON THE STREETS IN ‘RIVERS OF BLOOD’ TO US A PHRASE OF ONE OF THEIR HEROES – That bigot enoch. i’d fully support CLASS-WAR being at the head of that as opposed to the SWP/UAF/AFN taking the mantle

  3. Special Guest Star

    “Clarkson’s said the N word – punish him miss – confiscate his column. In a week when 250 Nigerian girls were taken captive into slavery it’s Clarkson or some UKIP backwoodsman saying something ridiculous that exercises our outrage.”

    The ‘N word’ is a word used to dehumanise and demean black people. Just because worse things are happening in the world, we shouldn’t be offended and outraged by a smug right-wing asshole reciting a racist nursery rhyme that contains a word that has been used to dehumanise black people for centuries? You might feel differently if that word had been used to dehumanise, humiliate and denigrate you, your family and your ancestors.

    We could use the “something worse is happening in the world so stop being so offended and outraged about that” argument about any misdeed, since something worse is always happening somewhere in the world. Right-wingers use that line of argument all the time: “well people are starving in Africa, so stop getting all outraged about the increase in people having to rely on foodbanks.”

    We should be offended and outraged about Clarkson’s racist behaviour. We should be offended and outraged about the racism of Ukippers. We should be outraged about the Nigerian girls being taken into slavery and we should also be outraged about the racism of the Conservative Party and the Labour party too. We should be offended and outraged about all of them. We don’t have to trivialise some or ignore some because others are worse.

  4. Anarchists are among the most guilty of wasting time on irrelevant fringe groups. I remember twenty five years ago asking why is every anarchist so obsessed with the few hundred irrelevant fascists in the country. The reason seems to me is opposing a few hundred boneheads who were universally despise was easy, while fighting the Tories was difficult, so everyone kopped out.

    Nowadays it seems to have gone worse, every political movement seems to be a piddling little irrelevant campaign with the sole ambition of being opposed to a piddling little irrelevant group they disagree with.

    I guess the age of ambition is dead.

  5. overburdenddonkey

    we are governed by evil scum bags, case closed, yes the protests should be made as well as ongoing solutions that argue against what is happening now, and offer remedy…should we focus too much on their antics we lose the plot…now shall we all also put our heads together and come up with solutions of how we can live in harmony with nature and provide all of our vitals of life, the vitality that we all need, let us also get to the root, the symptoms are plain for all to see…what kind of harmonious future do you need…?

  6. hp

    Modern protest is rubbish.

    Twitter is in a frenzy, Twitter is all upset. But the people they’re upset about never see their tweets because they were probably blocked months ago. Blocked for being ‘racist’ or some other ‘crime’.
    Twitter called them a racist, so they must be. It’s a badge of honour.
    They said Twitter would call them a racist if they spoke the ‘truth’, and Twitter did. Now what? Now where can they go? Running to like-minded people who also want ‘their’ country back?

    Yeah, you and the rest of Twitter calling them ‘racist’ really worked. That nipped it in the bud, didn’t it? Well done.

    Oops, maybe not. They just all voted for UKIP.
    That wasn’t meant to happen was it? Twitter wanted a particular outcome, but the opposite happened. Yay Twitter.

  7. “shall we all also put our heads together and come up with solutions of how we can live in harmony with nature and provide all of our vitals of life, the vitality that we all need, let us also get to the root, the symptoms are plain for all to see…”

    Spend a year talking deducing solutions to the problems of the world, devising things you have no actual practical experience of doing, coming up with a comprehensive analyses and plan of action.

    then going out into the real world, finding on day one real life doesn’t match what you envisioned. So then there is the dilemma to abandon everything devised in the previous year or stick with it and deny real life.

    With one you utterly wasted a year, with the other you’re now following an ideology that doesn’t match the real world. (most anarchists choose the latter – check out the Syndicalist groups).

    Of course you can avoid all this as Chomsky points out. Start to do something and learn from experience as you do. You waste no time, you are in touch with reality, and this is also how science works, so not a bad methodology.

    http://tinyurl.com/lillburne

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  9. Trigger Warning

    …and now Marina Hyde is getting it in the neck.

    I love the professional offendees consistancy: UKIP are ‘loonies’ and ‘lunatics’.

    Why is it that the only time they’re quiet/not offended is when ‘salt-of-the-earth’ Islamists are in the news?

    Answers on a postcard

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