An Open Letter to UCLA Re: Milo Yiannopoulos

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  1. Alex Bowles says:

    Worth remembering: tolerance is a peace treaty, not a moral precept. It survives only as long as the parties to it continue to respect it. Should any party reject the terms, they lose the treaty’s protections. That’s how it’s enforced. That’s how it works. That’s how *people* work.

    If you’re an actual, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, you’ve abandoned the treaty in the most flamboyantly grotesque manner possible. You should not expect any tolerance in return. Indeed, the survival of civil society hinges on deep intolerance of transgressions like this.

    The distinction between a moral precept – which binds people regardless of other’s actions – and peace treaty, which hinges on them, is an important one, and will become more so in the coming years.

    For more on this idea, see here:

  2. Samantha says:

    As a trans female, I believe this is the wrong way to approach this. You feel unsafe when Milo is within 1000 feet of you… Really? The current culture likes to completely avoid conflict and live in a nice peaceful bubble. Unfortunately that’s not how it will ever work in real life. People suffering from social anxiety and ptsd are told not to completely avoid conflict as it strengthens the anxiety chain of events and makes exposure worse. A controlled exposure (say with some sort of support system) is actually healthier. Point is… Safe Spaces do not work!

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