By Robert Wenzel
The infiltration of Social Justice Warrior concepts into common everyday thought has become so intense that it forces the freedom lover to build a bunker and take a stand on the intellectual battlefield at points that would seem odd areas to defend in periods in the past.
I have in mind, as an example, the frequent slinging of sexual harassment charges by SJWs for almost any reason, at any one.
A case in point is the recent sexual harassment charges brought in a New Yok court by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros.
The lawsuit implicates former chief executive Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Shine, one of the men who replaced Ailes as co-president of Fox News.
Here are some of the charges as reported by Slate:
Among other transgressions Tantaros details in her complaint, Ailes allegedly:
Well, blown me down,
- Told Tantaros to “come over here so I can give you a hug” asked her to “turn around so I can get a good look at you” (twice), and said, “I bet you look good in a bikini.”
- Asked Tantaros whether Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino are each gay, then (puzzlingly) asked whether they were “sleeping together.”
- Called various female Fox contributors “easy,” “nuts,” “fat,” and “a stalker.”
- Said Dana Perino “is uptight. You get the feeling that she never lets her hair down, but if she did, she’d be a good time.”
- Said Kimberly Guilfoyle is a “Puerto Rican whore” and a “Puerto Rican streetfighter.”
- Asserted that Harris Faulkner “has the tendency to look like the angry black woman.”
So Ailes is crude and uses colorful language. This is now speech that can be claimed is injurious and brought before a court for damages?
That there is no loud and unending outcry, against such charges brought by Tantaros, is instructive in how docile the masses have become in the face of SJW propaganda.
The fact of the matter is that any decent person should be horrified at the implications against speech that these charges carry.
Fox News is a private organization, Why shouldn't it be allowed to tolerate any type of speech it chooses on its properties?
A fundamental bedrock stone in a private property society is that we are free to exchange with those we choose to, and we can refuse to interact with anyone--for whatever reason.
If Tantaros finds the comments of superiors at Fox disgusting, moving on should be her out from the situation,
Bringing charges for such comments is nothing more than just speech control. It is an operational technique that has been used by some the worst people to ever roam the planet, including Stalin and Mao.
Decent people should always have a knee-jerk reaction against such speech control.
It doesn't mean all speech must be tolerated by a property owner on his own land, but it does mean that a property owner can allow any speech he chooses on his land. He gets to choose.
But no one who attempts to bring the force of the government to prevent some types of speech on private land (or seek damages because certain speech took place) should be supported. Speech is the highway for intellectual debate, it also provides a clue to understanding the views and personalities of those around us. It is an important information sourcer that shows us who we are dealing with.
If speech reveals a personality that we don't want to deal with, then we should stop dealing with such a person.
There are many people that I don't deal with because I just don't want to listen to them, for a variety of reasons.There are youtube videos that I stop listening to after a few minutes if I find them uninteresting.
But I have never taken to court anyone because I do not want to hear what the say or because they have created a youtube that does not interest me. I just stop putting myself in situations where I have to listen to them.
Freedom is operationally beautiful. I just stop dealing with those I don't want to deal with. There are no courts involved. I don't have to act like a little Stalin or Mao and patrol the speech of others.
We should protest against speech control whenever someone attempts it, be it a Mao, a Stalin or Tantaros.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert. He is also author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.