Arrr, the politics of Outrage & Offence" hey! It's always comforting and smug for the Left to say "I have a superior intellect".I believe your cherry picking your sources to support your rather thin argument. For instance Fukayama seems to change his mind after being caught out making outrageous statements. I would describe him as a Neo-conservative and a member of that right wing think tank the Rand Organisation. Like most conservatives (or reactionaries would be a better description) they seem to mull over a past society that probably never existed in the form they imagine.@Carnot please explain to me what Identity politics is and whilst you are at it name an example where freedom of speech has been curtailed in the US or Australia. No because there isn't one. Just because some pushes back on bigoted rhetoric does not mean your freedom of speech is curtailed.A good interview here with Francis Fukayama on Identity Politics and how it is undermining democracy:
Professor Richard Dawkins got de-platformed by a Berkeley Radio station. All because of a Tweet he wrote:
And Germaine Greer gets a hard time in the UK as well:
And it's a growing problem in Australia with universities routinely banning or de-platforming those with opinions that differ from the all-powerful "Department of Grievance Studies".
Do you want proof of tribalism and how it's infected American politics? Here:
Dawkins thinks all religions are dangerous except the Church of England which he has a soft spot for. Sometimes if you want to get your message out to a wider audience then you have to be a little diplomatic. I think a lot of Muslims are OK but misguided.
Well Greer is Greer and some of her latest rants have been bizarre to say the least. I think people are just no longer listening to her as she has passed her used by date.
In regard to the other examples you quote to support your opinion, then again these are all opinion pieces short on fact.
What is it with these right wing lunatics and conspiracy theories. They are also social bullies making unsupported outrageous statements and then cry foul when some critic with an obvious superior intellect pulls them up. Then they cry like little babies.
Do you really think the Parrot was not being a bully when he threatened to have the job of the Sydney Opera House CEO when she refused to accede to the scungy racing industry demands to spray advertising for a banal horse race over the iconic Opera House sails. The Parrot went one as though his freedom of speech had been curtailed.
As for the Opera House - leave it as a Secular shrine all bright and shiny in white, and forget about using it is a giant billboard (yes, I disagree with both ScoMo, the Parrot, Gladys B, those that projected the rainbow flag on it etc etc). What is it with projecting colors on everything that doesn't move (i.e. the circus that is White Night or Vivid etc)?
As for universities - why is it that ideas aren't being debated? Why are they turning into giant echo chambers? Is it any wonder Trump is so popular with his anti-PC politics?
I think both The Chaser and Richard Dawkins have a point: