One of my reasons for having started this website is my concern regarding a tendency of some groups in society to seek to use the power of the state to discourage or outlaw behaviour of which they don’t approve, and to subsidise with tax revenue the behaviours that they want to see. At a more extreme level, some take the law into their own hands and apply their own sanctions to people who behave in ways they don’t like.
It is matched by the tendency of these and other groups to belittle, insult and denigrate those who offer views alternative to their own.
Believing in freedom of speech and the contest of ideas, I think the best response to this behaviour is to give it air and call it for what it is – the use of violence by the state to silence and control people with whom one disagrees, and to use the public treasury to subsidise and promote behaviours that they want to see. This is nothing less than plain intolerance.
And so – voici the Festival of Intolerance!
The motto of the Festival is: ‘Everything I dislike should be banned; everything that I like should be subsidised‘.
We’ll celebrate the Festival each January, to coincide with the ‘Festival of Dangerous Ideas’ (which we think is rather weak, by comparison).
Behold, the first entrant to the Festival, the idea for No Gender December:
We are calling on all Australian Members of Parliament and the Senate to uphold Australia’s support of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child and legislate against the marketing of toys along gender lines and to assist in the education of parents, carers and teachers on the impacts of this practice on our children’s development.
‘Ban what I don’t like!’: check.
‘Subsidise what I do like!’: check.
And yes of course, because banning people’s ingrained, naturally-occurring behaviours always works.