You’ve probably heard the word “infiltrating” before and maybe you think of secret agents, or the game Metal Gear: Solid. But what we’re talking about here is infiltration on a small, psychological scale. This can be done, for example, in the current climate of the United States, through gaslighting and manipulative speech that only requires you co-opt a small percentage of social justice language. Combine that with the fear of fascism, the panic of having every single one of your civil rights stripped away, and you get what’s called, “crisis fascism.”
I get it. Lots of people have fetishes. Some people fetishize butts, some people like to be tied up, some people like a foot in their face, and even some people like to pretend they’re being consumed in some kind of cannibalistic thing or whatever.
Everyone, apparently, has some kind of fetish.
But you, you have an opinion fetish.
See, the difference between someone who has a fetish for opinions, or even the idea of an opinion, and people with other, more regular fetishes, is most people keep that stuff in the bedroom, you know? When you take your fetish out into the public, you make every bystander and witness a part of that without their personal consent. And that sucks!
Yeah, I’m talking about misandry, cisphobia, heterophobia, reverse racism and so on. No, they’re not real and here’s why.
First of all, I get it: You don’t like having to come to terms with admitting to yourself that possibly, quite possibly, you belong to an oppressive class of people. Maybe you think this means that you, yourself are oppressive, and dang, maybe that’s true, too. I know that most of the time when people are confronted with this fact (usually white, cis, straight people, mind you) they recoil in anger and they waste absolutely no time in proving you right. Especially when you point out that they are either white, cis, straight, or all of the above (and that these things make for limited experience when dealing with different axis of oppression).
Honestly, I have no idea. As someone who has never been able to break into the tech industry job market, giving you an answer to that question would require a lot of reading. But, I do know how open source software has helped regular people.
What I’m talking about here, specifically, is decentralized social networking. Now, I am 100% certain that open source software has helped people outside of this particular aspect, but this is what I want to focus on for this article, because it is real important. Especially in this current day and age.
This is an argument that’s pretty much all-around, everywhere, coming out of the mouths of bigots and sometimes, in a less frequent manner, people who don’t know any better who are just getting all of their information from bigots.
I mean, what is free peaches? No, dammit, I mean… Freedom of speech! What is freedom of speech? Well, according to the first amendment, i.e., the article that so many people who obsess over free speech like to think they’re quoting:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.