Choose criticism over censorship.
(however defined at the time, its parameters change)
Becomes more important than free discourse
(ie. you are no longer allowed to hold an opinion that differs from the narrowly defined orthodoxy)
We cross a major milestone on the path to tyranny.
Freedom of expression
(ie. the open expression of freedom of thought)
Is a vital check against tyranny
And the kind of groupthink
That leads to awful things being done
To those on the wrong side of history.
*political correctness/the right way/Goodthink/etc.
Make campaign promises binding and contractual
And see how politicians fare.
Don’t take any of your affiliations seriously enough
To have them used against you.
Every perspective has its uses.
Even the perspective that tries to suppress all of the others.
Crowdsource your principles
Revise them regularly.
Photo by Smithsonian Institution
Art may be the last outpost in the defence of free speech.
Image by Misha Sokolnikov
What some refer to as ‘cultural appropriation’ (ie. the transference of ideas and practices from one group to another) is the mechanism by which culture spreads.
You can try and restrict this transfer from certain groups to another
But this kind of defeats the whole point of culture in the first place;
A free interchange that enriches collective human culture.
The transfer is not unidirectional
And in such a cultural exchange, both sides can benefit
(…though you could argue that one side may benefit more than the other).
Put another way
Cultural appropriation is a part of how culture works.
Bringing it into the realm of identity politics
And trying to rearrange it
So that only some groups can benefit from it
Is both misguided and impossible.