Every so often, public discussion leads us to some weird cul-de-sacs. We look back over the conversations to find out how it is that we’re justifying rape threats as part of a campaign for ethics in video game journalism, that we’re forbidding women from wearing particular clothes in order to promote women’s freedoms, that we’re advocating pushing religion out of the public square in the name of religious tolerance. The truly great conversations are those where the final point is some freakish inversion of the original problem.
And thus it is with the discussion about Prof Barry Spurr. An academic makes racist, sexist, and otherwise atrocious comments, and then others claim that calling for his removal is ‘cultural fascism’.