Don’t mess with Firefly!

Glenn Reynolds was struck by the same phrase that struck me too. He called it “Orwellian” and it is. But it’s faster to just say “Fascist.”

“This is not an act of censorship; it’s an act of sensitivity!”

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Yeah…the “shushing tyranny of ‘be nice.’”

Over-interpreting a thing or elasticizing its meaning into Utter Stupidityland (as was done in this case) is how fascists gain power and hold on to it in order to suppress the rest. No wonder bloggers and the internet are facing threats to their existence.

What did I say ‘way back in 2006 and again in 2009, kids?

The fascist is whoever is trying to shut you up, shut you down, dis-employ you, silence you, cripple you or marginalize you for the crime of daring to fall out of step with the party and the conventional wisdom. Beware of them.

And don’t think they only exist on the “other” side.

Detaining Citizens, Shutting Down Free Speech

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Medbob

    Much as I hate to pickup a meme from “the other side”, that phrase is merely about labels and convention.

    There are many Conservative Right Wingers (myself included) who have the basic Constitutional and cultural tenets of Free Speech and more broadly, Freedom, inculcated at the center of correct American Doctrine. In fact, the Founding Fathers were so in love with these Inalienable rights that they spoke about them in the Declaration.

    Those of us in this circle were uncomfortable with the Patriot Act, and are downright chagrined by the recent additions to the Defense Department Appropriations bill.

    It’s quite interesting that it sometimes puts us in the company of Browncoats, but Browncoats are often on the right side, as the show has a deep moral center (even with the pirates and thievery….?)!

    As you so aptly distill into a wonderful tea… Fascism.. Are you for it, or against it??

  • Greta

    So called fascism is a matter for debate in times of conflict and war. We have never had a war quite like the one we are in now around the globe and certainly here in America. During the civil war where we had enemies who were making threats within our own borders, Abraham Lincoln who is revered in this country did some things that would have the ‘brownshirts’ screaming for his hide. During WWII, another hero who talked about he four freedoms certainly did some things that if W. Bush had done them would have started impeachment hearings. Imagine if he had rounded up all Muslims after 9/11 and entered them for the duration of the war or if he had caught saboteurs who were executed by military authorities between 1942 and 1951. There were also laws in place during war which limited the freedom of speech and we took the protection of information seriously because we knew that loose lips sink ships. I have no issue with the government, especially when you can get the Senate to go along with it with 92 votes as being something that is needed for our protection. And for all the screams from people like Obama about the Patriot Act and Guantanamo, I still see them in place under his as President and now this added power. Again, if this were president Bush, the left would be having a field day on everything.

  • jkm

    An “environment in which everyone feels welcome, safe, and secure” is appropriate for a nursery or an asylum, but runs utterly counter to the purposes of academia or democracy. Thanks for sharing this. I followed it at the time, being a subscriber to both Nathan Fillion’s and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feeds, but the message is always worth repeating. And starting the day with Mal? Priceless.

  • DWiss

    I’m not so sure about this. Shootings on campuses seem to be regular events these days. So, a professor hangs a poster that includes a quote about shooting someone. Seems to me that he didn’t think through the the possible misintrepretation of the statement he was making. After all, not everyone is a fan of Firefly – probably why Fox cancelled it – and so wouldn’t understand the context. I side with the administration here.

  • jkm

    People who are going to shoot people don’t generally announce it by posting pop culture references, especially those framed in the subjunctive. Which college students would know if they hadn’t had their common sense and critical thinking skills replaced by soft-boiled eggs.