My journey to sanity has been derailed after I was side-swiped by some news from my home county in the UK. Essentially, the police force decided it was reasonable to make a sexist addition to the hate crimes laws. For those few remaining developed countries where this doesn’t exist, a hate crime is when the government or police decide you’ve said something you shouldn’t have. It’s framed with respect to protecting vulnerable peoples, but essentially it’s as I described. Because, if the government can regulate your right to say something, they can also regulate what it is you say. So the specifics of the hate crime law don’t matter except to demonstrate who’s currently in ascension, who’s being ignored, and what the government doesn’t want you to talk about.
As an example, as a white man, anyone can say pretty much anything they want to me and it won’t be a hate crime. However, if I criticize a woman, an ethnic minority or a religion and that person decides to take offense, I can be charged. Really, the featured image above says it all. That images is the header from the North Yorkshire police website. Note that there’s not a single male in the image, yet this is supposed to be a force that protects everyone.
We’re living in very interesting times indeed. I find it informative to watch how such laws play out in practice and what it means regarding our cultural and social empathies. Many argue that we should all be nice to each other and these laws are just there to ensure uncomfortable situations don’t occur. I would agree with the first idea, but argue that these are laws ripe for abuse by the government and police and their focus will change with the political wind. Furthermore, government doesn’t have the right or authority to police name-calling.
An example of some craziness – there was recently a case in southern England where a father was accused of being a pedophile by a hotel clerk because he was staying there with his 13-year old daughter. The hotel had no more rooms so he had to book one with only a double bed. They were the ones that forced the room situation and they refused to believe him or his daughter, even when shown photographic evidence. Fortunately, the police understood the truth.
Contrast that with a court ruling only a few days ago where a young woman stabbed her boyfriend with a knife in the leg, punched him in the face, and smashed a jam pot into his head. She got off free because the judge didn’t want to damage her potential career as a surgeon.
But I digress. Because the issue isn’t really injustice or social insanity. That’s existed in various forms throughout the ages. The issue is what to do about it. The people holding the potentially harmful views have made for themselves a new religion and as a life-long atheist I’ve had plenty of debates about religion. However, the one thing I eventually learned, is that you can’t reason with such people using logic. When you do, they only double down on their ideas. You end up strengthening their resolve and achieving the opposition of what you were intending (you create a supervillain where there was only a petty crook before).
So I’m going to take a new approach. I’m not completely sure what form that will take, but I’m a fiction writer so that should probably be some kind of clue.
Meanwhile, we all have to stay strong. It’s still too soon to know how this goes. Whether we slide into totalitarianism via the insane leftists, whether we die by a thousand cuts as we give away all the best parts of our culture, whether we weaken ourselves to the point where our enemies can’t help but attack, or the eternal hope, that we finally accept responsibility for our own actions, we come to accept that no culture’s perfect but that we’ve done a pretty good job despite our mistakes, and we defend what we know to be the most free, most developed, most civilized society the world has ever known.