At his recent Guardian blog comment, George Monbiot exclaimed that he wanted ‘his place’ at the Guardian, his turf, to be one where people could have fierce disagreements, unlike other venues.
Quite funny that was, Mr Monbiot, considering how your post was but a fierce disagreement with what someone said. But, as our skeptical lord ably reminded us— in order to fiercely disagree, there has to be an exchange! Audiatur et altera pars.
When one is heard but not understood, he has to remark as Shakespeare did:
When a man’s verses cannot be understood, nor a man’s good wit seconded with the forward child understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.
To be sure, there is a difference in opinion, Mr Monbiot. Something was said, but it appears you went looking for something else and found it.
Why, isn’t this just as Dee Snider told a certain US Senator Albert Gore about his wife Tipper Gore’s pre-occupation with music censorship at a venue no less than a full Congressional hearing: “Miss Gore was looking for sadomasochism and bondage and she found it”.
There are more parallels than you would think – between the present incident and the hearing, please take a look.
Despite your wanting to be so, the Guardian is not even a place that brooks gentle criticism, let alone one where fierce disagreements are possible. They are masters in scrubbing the record clean.
Examine your own record. This comment appeared first, providing only a link to a discussion of your views:
The comment followed a apparently heartfelt and open request, from you:
Sometime later, this was the end-result (click here and scroll up):
This is certainly not the only comment taken out this way, —all disagreeing views on what constitutes racism, political correctness and climate saving $100 billion funds from those you so bravely trained your sights on, have gone swirling down the drain. How are we to disagree then? The Guardian has succeeded in its mission to show its audience that no serious replies were forthcoming from those you criticized. Congratulations.
Freedom of speech online, Mr Monbiot – just wanting it and ordering around other people, will not make it happen. You’ll have to tend to it, with your own hands. Until then, your hyperventilations over ‘astroturfing’ and ‘democracy’ are nothing but a front for justifying draconian measures over online discussion; your use of the Orwellian jingle-phrase – ‘attested identities’ gives it away.
The Guardian moderator bots are busy at work making this a reality. Let your blog run by your rules, Mr Monbiot – let us agree, first, on this. Your claim to allowing ‘fierce disagreements’ is otherwise an empty boast, and your attempts to take on climate skeptics from your cloistered high perch just a cheap show.