Now this is truly a first.
I somehow stumbled onto another one of James McGrath's latest blog entries, partly due to his pleading wide-eyed ignorance of what I meant by his waging a hate campaign. You know, based on my previous experience with him where he openly drew comparison between people who didn't want to bake cakes for gay weddings and flat out nazis. I showed up to remind James exactly on what grounds I accused him of waging a hate campaign... but that's not the interesting thing.
It seems one Stuart32 decided to come to James' defense. We got to talking about Intelligent Design, he got cocky, I corrected him and tweaked him... and he immediately upped the ante. This is actually a first for me - I've never had someone play the game of "I have your RL details, and maybe your employer would like to know what you get up to online" with me before. Granted, Stuart32 - aka, Skippy, my own nickname for him - is apparently a mix of moron and paranoiac, since he keeps insisting my name is "Ed" and, it seems, believing I'm employed in some kind of academic capacity. Which is pretty quaint given my on-record disdain for academia, and the fact that I'm not named 'Ed' or anything close to it.
But the point here is, it's a great and living example of what I'm talking about. Take a look at the conversation in question that I linked if you care to. Notice how very quickly this guy escalated things, when he thought he had information on me, to 'Maybe I'll just let your employers know what you get up to'. And notice how no one - as of this writing, not even James McGrath - called him out on it. In fact, he's getting upvotes for making the move.
Oh, and when I started pointing out, loudly, the threats he was making? He tried to walk it back to how he's not going to do anything against me right now, and "It's enough that you know that I know." Again, this is pretty damn funny given that his aim is mistaken here - but it's dangerously instructive.
This is the new norm for the "progressives". If you speak out of turn, they'll try to have you fired. Speak anonymously, and they'll either bluff or try to find out who you are to try and hurt you for daring to speak against them. And they can get away with it, because they have both a media machine and quite the army of sympathetic little footsoldiers behind them.
Now, with this in mind, let me ask you a serious question - you few people who read this blog.
Given what you're seeing - given the fact that it is a widespread accepted thing by "progressives" to have you fired for your views, to harass you RL, to attack you, degrade you, have you pushed to the margins of society if at all possible... is there any significant form of 'common ground' to have with them? Can you call one a real, sincere friend? Or will they be the kind of 'friend' you have to perpetually have your back to the wall with, a friend you keep your mouth shut around - a little like living in a Soviet society and being friends with a known KGB informant?
This is where we are at now. All that talk years ago - when "progressives" were in a less prominent state - about tolerance and open-mindedness and agreeing to disagree and being able to work alongside each other even while disagreeing... it was all quite the load of shit, wasn't it?