Have you ever thought about the new political agenda? I'm very interested in how new and old issues are propogated. The formula seems to be thus:
- If it has been opposed by society then it is worthy of consideration. The more opposition to it the more worthy it has become.
- Initial opposition has be criticised by framing the opponents as close minded. Calls are then made for open-mindedness.
- Appeals thereafter can be made on the basis of tolerance.
- If the opposition presists the opponents can be told to keep their opinions to themselves, not be be judgemental, and above all that "I respect your opinion" (this is important for some reason)
- The critics that remain can be dismissed as being "bigots" or "bigoted". Funnily enough the context in which the word is used illustrates what the user thinks it means but if they were to refer to a dictionary they'd find it means something else entirely.
- Human nature can be pointed to (ie. you can't change people or their behaviour)
- Appeals to transnationalism can be made (ie. "it is acceptable in other countries", and so it should be allowed here)
- The country can be run down (ie. "why can't we do anything right?", "look how well it works in Holland")
I want to share the following story from a recent news article. I'm not open-minded about it. I am completely against what has happened. I think it is abhorrent. The comments below the article, in some places, are more insightful than the article itself and they illustrate, in some places, just this kind of thought process.
With all these factors in mind above in mind .... how can a commitment to open-mindedness, tolerance, non-judgementalism, etc. etc. etc. be squared with this ....
Dutch court overturns paedophile association ban · TheJournal.ie