One Strike. You’re out!

MIlo Yiannopoulos was un-vited from speaking at CPAC, lost his book deal, and forced to quit his job at Breitbart News.

What was his crime?

It was speaking on a podcast a year ago in such a way that when heavily edited, seemed like he supported pedophilia.

None of this is true – Milo detests pedophiles, but the damage is done, the left has won.

I have never understood this.  People can devote their love and energy to a cause or job for decades, but commit one wrong move (or in Milo’s case only appear to have committed a wrong move) and that’s it.  You’ll never work again.

There was a time when I offended someone at work.  I was notified by management that I had done something to offend someone.

“Wow.  I had no idea.  Who was it?”

“I can’t tell you that.”

“Well then what did I do or say?”

“You should know that.”

“I don’t.”

Look, I am a christian, and was at the time a republican, but pretty quiet about those things in the workplace.  But given the number of times when a public person lost everything for an off-color comment in a bar, I wanted to go and smooth things over with whoever complained, and make peace.  I have a family, and my job was important to me.

But they didn’t want peace.  They wanted me to shut up and work.  They wanted me to live in fear that something I might say to someone might get me fired and blacklisted in my industry.  Furthermore, when politics or religion came up they wanted me to quietly listen as my side was bashed and ridiculed.

This had the expected result.  I now couldn’t be sure who was so small that they had taken a trivial comment to management.  I stopped going to lunch with everyone.  I never chatted about anything non-task-related with anyone.  I became a miserable old hermit in my dark little cube.  I also sold all my company stock options.  That was my little dig at them.

There is no cure for this sickness.  There is no way to fight a nameless, faceless hatred that refuses to stand up and face us like real people.  I weep for western culture.

To all my current and future coworkers: I vow that if I am offended by anything you do or say, I will respond in one of two ways.

  • I will talk to you face to face about it.
  • I will let it slide, though I may seethe for a little while about it.

I will never, ever go to management to anonymously shut you down and possibly get you fired though.  That’s just cowardly.

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