A few days ago, a professor at Drexel University offered: “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.”
The university is apparently taking the situation very seriously.
There are several thoughts that come to mind, easy thoughts. If the professor wrote this about Black genocide or Mexican genocide or Jew genocide would the university take it seriously or would the professor already be fired?
Leave it to Robby Soave, an associate editor at Reason.com, to get this all wrong.
It sounds like the professor, George Ciccariello-Maher, was probably joking.
Maybe. How does Robby know? Is genocide something to joke about? Has the professor come out and said that this tweet was a joke? What about his past comments along similar lines?
I think it's probably fair to say there's a double standard here: an alt-righter tweeting about black genocide would be more likely to face a Twitter ban.
In a heartbeat.
But then again, the alt-right person might not be joking.
But he might. How does Twitter know?
And the professor might not be joking. How does the esteemed Mr. Robby have any idea one way or the other? Why give the benefit of the doubt to the white mass-murderer and not the Jew mass murderer?
In any case, I don't really want people punished for saying stupid things on Twitter, though the social network is well within its rights to take whatever action it deems necessary.
It isn’t up to you, Bob. And it isn’t only up to Twitter. The university is free to take whatever action it chooses, within the bounds of its policies and contractual terms with the professor.
Drexel should not discourage a professor from expressing his mind on Twitter—if faculty members must worry that any stray thought can land them in hot water, then the university is failing to cultivate an environment of maximally free speech.
This sounds like standard left-libertarian claptrap. Who says the university is required to hold a policy of “maximally free speech”? Private property and all that.
Finally, to end with a bang, the witty editor at Reason.com offers:
University administrators everywhere should resolve to engage in fewer acts of petty censorship in 2017.
Is a comment about “genocide” “petty”? would it be petty if it was “black genocide”?
As for everyone else:
May your days be merry, and bright
And may all your genocides be white
Good for you, Robby, exercising your free speech and all in a politically very safe manner. You run no risk with this one. I also have a similar thought for Christmas: May you be the first in line.
Such so-called libertarians prove themselves time and time again that they should not be taken seriously; due to such so-called libertarians, libertarian philosophy will never be taken seriously by a meaningful portion of the population.
Robby cannot get private property right. Robby also believes that just because someone “can” do something under the NAP, that he “should” or “must” do something under the NAP. No society will survive such licentiousness. “Libertarianism” will never be the result.
Then again, it is obvious by now that achieving a libertarian society is not the end game of the sponsors of Reason.com.