Red alert, Newspeak warning

Recent developments have turbocharged the process that George Orwell described a generation ago when modes of speech were coming into use to make thoughts of freedom unspeakable and ultimately unthinkable. Read his appendix to 1984 and be warned. 

See in The Australian today for example.

It’s the unspoken rules on campus that silence

More recently, an “anti-transphobia” protest as part of a campaign against Associate Professor Holly Lawford-Smith, a political philosopher at the University of Melbourne, featured protesters carrying placards reading “F–k off TERFS” and chanting for “TERFS” to get off campus. The acronym stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist and is used to refer to those critical of gender identity theory. Arguably, it is commonly used as a slur, perhaps even in the spirit of hate speech, since the patterns of its use often dehumanise and convey hatred, contempt and the threat of violence. In line with this interpretation, peaceful counter-protesters were abused as ­“­c–ts”; one was doused with water.

Such episodes contribute to informal systems that make academic freedom and freedom of speech less likely to exist in practice than in policy.

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14 Responses to Red alert, Newspeak warning

  1. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    The acronym stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist and is used to refer to those critical of gender identity theory

    Including the likes of Germs Greer and the Harry Pothead woman.

  2. Rex Anger says:

    Newspeak:

    Justice [Pr: JustUS]: Goodacts only for goodthinkers. No crimethink.

    Hail IngSoc…

  3. Lysander says:

    Associate Professor Holly Lawford-Smith

    Anyone with a hyphenated name needs to be shot.

  4. thefrollickingmole says:

    Once the “left” defined objecting to this in speech as “violence” and dangerous to mentally ill non-women it allowed violence as a response to speech.

  5. Craig says:

    Substitute water for acid and watch the left celebrate…

  6. Turtle says:

    Lysander, we can’t wipe out Adelaide.

  7. Jock says:

    If blokes who want to be birds, are using bullying and violent language, aren’t they just proving, that despite the dresses and the bent willy, they still have that pesky Y chromosone and the high testosterne??

  8. Kneel says:

    “Anyone with a hyphenated name needs to be shot.”

    There is some merit in this, but perhaps it is a little harsh – I think I would prefer mandatory hyphenated names.
    Like “Turncoat-Bullshitter” for example. Mandatory – for those who think GovCo should control and regulate everything.
    Just a thought…

  9. Kneel says:

    If blokes who want to be birds, are using bullying and violent language, aren’t they just proving, that despite the dresses and the bent willy, they still no longer have that pesky Y chromosone and the high testosterne and instead are just screechy whinging females?

    FIFY. 🙂

  10. Ian MacCulloch says:

    This judgement is at odds after the WMO in this last week put out that Planet Earth had warmed 1.5C since pre-industrial times. What a coincidence – that is also when the Little Ice Age ended (remember the freezing over of the Thames period) and Planet Earth has been progressively warmed since then.
    If you start the alarums in 1896 you will find that Planet Earth has cooled. During the heat wave in January of that year, the birds fell out of the sky from heat exhaustion. Now that is hot – no other reports since 1896 of similar events taking place.
    The message in all of this is – you can pick your start dates to prove your point.
    That is why the lawsuit is fallacious in the first place and why the honourable judge did not have a clue.

  11. Epicurious says:

    Shouldn’t these protesters be reported to Tim Soupspoons replacement for hate speech?

  12. nb says:

    Terf war.

  13. Roger W says:

    And don’t forget that Winston Smith had to learn that 2+2 = whatever The Party said it equalled. We are already at this point in California, without having to attach the electrodes!

  14. Kneel says:

    “And don’t forget that Winston Smith had to learn that 2+2 = whatever The Party said it equalled.”

    Well, there is also the capitalist version, where it is the accountant being asked “What is 2 + 2?”, and the best accountant says “What would you like it to be?”

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