Rodney Hide on woolly-woofter political slogans:
Last week a local rag ran an opinion piece that gave Rod Drury and Sam Morgan a fair old shellacking.
Their crime was to support Peter Thiel, who in turn supports President Trump.
I kid you not.
“I’m calling them out … Drury, in particular, has been vocal on gender diversity… But then he supports someone who supports Trump … renowned for his sexism and bad treatment and attitudes towards women.”
We are now to be held to public account for our friend’s friend’s politics and behaviour.
Of course, it’s nonsense.
And yet here it is. The nonsense happening around us.
There is no limit to the contortions and ill-logic of those eager to signal their moral worthiness by taking offence and screaming outrage. Indeed, the more obscure and remote the offence the greater their worthiness. There is even opportunity to discover whole new offences thereby proving your sensitivity by spotting problems never seen before.
And so Mr Drury must disown Mr Thiel – and his investment – because Mr Thiel supported Donald Trump. That’s because “actions speak louder than words.”