September 18, 2015

Online anonymity is for wimps -- and only makes political correctness worse

Gavin McInnesRebel Commentator

I feel sorry for people who feel the need to be anonymous online. They are so scared of getting in trouble, they self censor.

(Language and content warning:)

The thought police don’t even have to show up to work. We’re doing their jobs for them by hiding in the shadows.

What’s really amazing about these cowards is how arrogant they are. They relentlessly call non-anonymous people cowards and mock them from afar like it means anything to be insulted by a fictional character. They also believe their irrelevant comments are making a difference. They’re not.

We have people losing their jobs for making a donation. They are going to jail for refusing to marry homosexuals. We have soldiers in the Middle East dying for their country without questioning any orders. Housewives are getting arrested for letting their kids walk home alone from the park. Then, they do it again and get arrested again, on purpose. When the government tried to evict Cliven Bundy, men grabbed their guns and formed a line in front of the police. These people are making a difference.

If you’re hiding, the only cause you’re helping is political correctness. Don’t be cowed. Be a bull. Be yourself.

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commented 2015-09-25 22:07:10 -0400
People who prefer to remain anonymous online self censor? Just the opposite happens. Anonymity allows people to say whatever they believe without fear of retribution. Unless you make a living saying outrageous things (as Gavin does) you really are risking your livelihood by posting comments online using your real identity. Not long ago a teacher was fired in Ontario because he tweeted he felt sad for the Muslim girls in his class who wore hijabs. He was labelled a “racist” (by the usual idiots who don’t realize Islam is not a race)
commented 2015-09-25 02:21:07 -0400
Nathan it also allows people to attack and harm without being responsible. And how are you stopped from exploring ideas by using your real name?
commented 2015-09-24 06:18:55 -0400
Horrible idea. Anonymity yes, enables people to say a lot of horrible things.

But it also protects the right of people to explore ideas without fear that next week or 20 years from now someone will come back to haunt them with their words of yesteryear.

It is not cowardice, but common sense, that leads most people to [prefer anonymity.

Imagine an extreme scenario: our society starts to shift towards Nazism, full on with SS and all, and people fear to express their views because anonymity is no longer allowed.

Anonymity has costs. It is worth it.
commented 2015-09-20 11:51:44 -0400
What’s in a name? Would not a rose, by any other name, smell as sweet? Are we our names? Can we ever be encapsulated in a name? Why do we have to have a name when we make a comment, anyway? Imagine how spacey it would be if there were no names attached to our comments. It would be a Jungian collective unconsciousness thingy. We would be One! But, I guess we would still need someone to give us something to comment about. Let’s give that person a name, like, Gavin McInnes. And the great Gavin McInnes would speak to the One from his celestial echo chamber.
commented 2015-09-20 02:47:40 -0400
Eat some shit Gavin.
You don’t know what it’s like to have to hold down a real job, where your employer is eager to throw you under the bus if there is a social media controversy involving your name.
commented 2015-09-19 19:30:05 -0400
OK I admit it…I’m Jimmy.
commented 2015-09-19 13:45:50 -0400
On Twitter, I have an account with a nom de plume. But I am always willing to disclose my real name to those who I don’t see as idiot trolls. And that’s just to keep trolling down. There IS a thing as personal security to worry about after all, but I’m never shy about voicing my opinion about a subject. It’s not just about being brazen about your freedom of speech and individual rights, but more about being smart about it at the same time.
commented 2015-09-19 12:56:13 -0400
First lesson, if you write it and are ashamed to sign your name to it, you are a coward and shouldn’t have written it in the first place. Have the courage of your convictions or you are not a man.
commented 2015-09-19 02:06:04 -0400
Easy for you yo say Gavin, you are self employed. “Personel is policy” and HR executives are the enforcers of anti-white male policies AND the thought police. They are the ones who enforce ’codes of conduct".

As wellGavin, you live in the United States where a certain amount of outspokenness is still tolerated. Canada is the campus of a university writ large due to the number of academics we foolishly elect.
commented 2015-09-18 18:38:09 -0400
Anonymity is what killed internet newsgroups, anyone remember newsgroups, they were a place where you could discuss any topic you could imagine. But they became over run by anonymous trolls who had nothing better to do than insult, defame and accuse people of being pedophiles. The noise got so loud that decent folks left, never to come back.
commented 2015-09-18 15:52:39 -0400
I agree whole heartedly! My surname is Swampy Cree, actually.
commented 2015-09-18 14:20:50 -0400
Always. Anybody who knows me or has seen me knows that I’m not politically correct. Respectful, diplomatic, polite, yes. Politically Correct, no. Why should stating the truth be a crime?