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You may believe that global warming is a looming crisis demanding radical changes to how we live, or you may think the data doesn’t support that conclusion and we should enjoy a growing, cheap-energy economy. You may believe that marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman, or that other arrangements should also be recognized. You may believe that Asians are genetically smarter than other people, that men and women are fundamentally and irreversibly different, or that a boy can be a girl and vice versa.
You may believe in evolution, or astrology, or the healing power of crystals; you may want free markets or socialist central planning; you may think Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha was a fiction or a normal man or a god walking on Earth. You may believe in affirmative action or a color-blind society; you may believe that we should value the content of a man’s character, or think the color of his skin is what’s important.
You may believe any of these things or none of them, and still be a civilized human being. You don’t have to be right, you don’t even have to make sense, to be a civilized human being.
But the moment you decide that some ideas may not be expressed, that some opinions may be silenced by force, that not everyone is entitled to believe what he wishes and to express his belief, that you’re free to intimidate and destroy other people and their property in order to make your political point — the moment you decide any of those things, you become a barbarian.
That goes for every one of you rioters in the streets, you smashers and grabbers, you thugs who try to silence others with intimidation, you Antifa and BLM goons. It goes for every one of you snowflake college students shouting down a conservative speaker, and every one of you hyper-educated college administrators punishing a student for saying something politically incorrect. It goes for you tech weenies who seek to silence heterodox views, and you journalists who drown out your guests because you don’t like what you’re hearing.
You’re barbarians, and you aren’t worthy of the culture you’ve been given.