Any Writer Who Does Not Value Free Speech

is an unthinking puppet. This should be axiomatic. Regardless of your political sensitivities elsewhere, a writer is an artist. One who expresses ideas in words. One who thus lives by the necessity of free speech. If not that, then your art becomes propaganda, directed by the imperative of the State, your Class, or whatever other unthinking assumptions you are not allowed to articulate or question.

So whenever I hear people who make their living with WORDS, SPEAKING, blabber about, “Of course you have free speech, but…” I say they are self-deluding fools aiming the gun of censorship at their own head. Joss Whedon has learned this the hard way this week. And as much as I’m bemused at the REASON for his exile from the herd–what, he dared to make a cliche HUMAN, how dare he!–I have little pity for a man who attacked his own audience in the Social Media Shaming circus during #Gamersgate, and will assuredly do so again to regain his status in the Social Justice Herd. As an artist, he should KNOW better. Censorship and shaming, once employed, spread like napalm. Friendly fire is inevitable.

I am no friend of Pam Gellar, her attacks on people I *do* respect annoyed me. That said, she has absolute protection of Free Speech. Folks, we do not get to choose which speech we protect with the First Amendment and which is ‘personal’ to be shamed. To do this is to deny freedom, enable tyrants, and destroy our OWN calling to art. We support free speech against would-be murderers, whether the leftists of Charlie Hedbo, or Pam Gellar (and do note, they make no nice distinctions about OUR ideological spheres. They would kill left and right alike.) Or you side with the murderers and tyrants in returning our world to a Fifth Century Theocratic system. Personally, I would think the one thing everyone making their living with words would agree on is NOT wanting to side with the murderers who would put us all out of work. Self-preservation and all. Apparently, the Social Justice Herd doesn’t think through consequences that clearly.

Free Speech is an absolute, unalterable right. Or it does not exist at all. Every link of censorship forges our own chains.