Outspoken and controversial international publisher Timothy the Talking Cat has taken a stand in an editorial in his vast network of newspapers, TV-stations and weird little notes he glues to shop front windows. As part of the Cattimothy House stable of magazines (along with Squirrel Watch Weekly and Better Homes & Litter Trays) this blog shall also be carrying this (mandatory) editorial. However, the staff of this blog would like to make it clear that the opinions expressed are those of management and are very specifically not the views of Susan who said “I’m going to kick his backside into next week when I find him”.
I Shall Not Be Cancelled: By Chief Editor and Publisher Timothy the Talking Cat
“In these trying times a spectre of
illiberallity, illliberallllity,illiberality is stalking the land, the blogs and the few social media platforms that I haven’t been banned from using due to my over reliance on spam-bots.
The free exchange of information, ideology, ice-cream and ideas, the very lifeblood of a free society, is each day becoming more vasoconstrictively constricted as if we had encountered a giant illiberal python with a desire for cat for dinner. While we have come to expect this on the radical right (indeed we have come to passively accept it and perhaps even endorse it quitely in our way – after all we know who has the money) censoriousness is also spreading more widely from stroppy leftist and frankly HOW DARE THEY, ungrateful layabouts that they are. They should maybe take a shower or two while they are it! (Ha!) These damn lefties have an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty, exactly like Donald Trump keeps saying they do.
I, on the other hand uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from ALL quarters. Yes from everybody! And that is exactly why I am demanding that lousy leftist keep their loud mouths shut! How can I get to enjoy my precious (and frankly quite expensive) free speech in peace with these loudmouths running around pointing out my moral failings? I simply can’t! Free speech is absolutely precious and that means that I, as a wealthy and powerful and influential commentator on world events should not have to put up with scruffy ner-do-wells holding me to task just because I rehashed poorly thought out arguments that I cribbed from a neo-nazi adjacent website! This stifling atmosphere will ultimately harm the most vital causes of our time.
The restriction of my capacity to debate, whether by a repressive government (unless they pay me) or an intolerant bunch of blue haired protestors or “tik tok teens” or the frankly annoying Bortsworth K-Pop Appreciation Society who utterly ruined my evening constitutional yesterday with there lour music and syncopated dance move, invariably HURTS those who lack power. That is EXACTLY why I am telling those with LESS power than me that they need to SHUT UP because otherwise I might have to hurt them.
You see, the way to defeat bad ideas is by giving my bad ideas lots and lots of exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away. Is that what we did with Flat Earthism? No, we ensured that every school child in Bortsworth was given a free text book by me explaining why heliocentricism is a lie in exchange for me funding repairs to the toilet block I had accidentaly ruined in that zepplin incident THAT WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT. We refuse any false choice between justice (for me) and freedom (for me), which cannot exist without each other but mainly cannot exist without me. As a creative professional I need a culture that leaves me room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes — lots and lots of sometimes expensive mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences, particularly for me. This is why I keep targetting my critics, to ensure they meet dire professional consequences and my bottom line remains unchanged.
Thank you for my time.