It’s quoting myself which is lazy but:
Such an excellent take on why the partisanship-shrug kills conversation at exactly the point when it starts getting at something important.
— Driftglass, Guardian of Inconvenient History (@Mr_Electrico) November 10, 2019
This gets to the heart of what annoys me about centrism, civility fetishism, and the deploring of partisanship. It’s a way to shut someone up without having to own that you want them to shut up.
I want lots of people to shut up. I want just for one goddamn day for Donald Fucking Trump to shut his festering assmouth so we can have, like, Christmas or Thanksgiving or something without him being like “Merry Holocaust Remembrance Day! I love The Jews!” and then spell something wrong so there are three days of terrible jokes.
I would like anyone sincerely arguing that the spiritual descendants of Nixon bagmen need to be given large auditoriums on major college campuses in the name of free speech but trans people shouldn’t be allowed to have driver’s licenses with their identities on them, I would like anyone like that to shut up, too.
If you’re out on the street corner screaming at and spitting on teachers on strike, add yourself to the shut-up list.
I want those people to shut up and I have no problem telling them that.
So if you want me to stop saying things like, “we should not cage immigrant children” or “it’s really not that big of a deal to say Happy Holidays” or “possibly after you commit war crimes you should not appear in public,” then you should tell me that.
But don’t say “be civil.” Don’t say “listen to the other side.” Don’t say “let’s not make this political.”
Just say shut up. That’s what you mean.