In response to Matt Archer: Lost in Twitter space – sense, civility and free speech;
Framed by a ‘journalist’ and then damned by the digital judge and jury. Twitter shamers are just hyenas feeding on the attack of a bigger beast.
I wondered where I had heard of Novara Media, the organisation founded by Aaron Bastani, and then I remembered. One of its journalists is Ash Sarkar, who also writes for the Guardian sometimes and who described herself on television as ‘literally a communist’. She also seems to regard anyone who wants to limit immigration and deport illegal immigrants as a fascist.
Unfortunately I think we are too late. Years of dumbing down and brainwashing by left wing teachers and lecturers, assisted by much of the media and the BBC, have left this country populated by dimwits. I am no longer impressed by the academic qualifications of anyone under the age of 45, educated in the era of the GCSE and polytechnics pretending to be universities. Scarcely anyone seems capable of rigorous, independent thought. This has been exacerbated by social media where complex, nuanced arguments are reduced to a tweet. There is no sign of this trend declining. If anything, it is getting worse. Look at the environmental protesters, issuing facile arguments as facts when they are no such thing. Someone on Question Time last week said we have ten years to save humanity. No one on the panel made any attempt to call out this absurdity.
Of course there are exceptions. The intelligent, thoughtful discussion on this site is an example. However, it is like finding an oasis in the desert.
Roger Scruton is just the start. It will not be long before people start being arrested for having the wrong opinions. It is depressing to think this country has sunk so low.