May 24, 2018

I WAS GOING TO DO A POST ON THE WHOLE NFL-KNEELING THING, BUT THEN I SAW THIS:

So there’s the First Amendment, which limits what government can do, and there’s the broader social norm of “free speech,” which traditionally said things like it was wrong to go after people’s jobs for their political and social views. But there’s been a concerted effort to weaken the latter (and, really, the former) and now some people are unhappy with the result. Too bad nobody warned them this might happen. Sometimes, it’s you being shown the door, and in fact the “woke” and their views constitute a minority in our society, so they’re more likely to experience this than, say, people who want to stand for the national anthem. If you live in a media bubble, it’s easy to get the relative numbers wrong and think that the woke have the bigger battalions. I assure you this is not the case, and you should address issues like free speech with that in mind.

UPDATE: Some related game-theoretical insights, which I generally endorse. And let me add that I learned a lot from Robert Axelrod.

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