Recently, there has been a frightening trend of people labeling words as violent and then arguing that “violent words” call for a violent physical retaliation. This is dangerous ground. When our understanding of what constitutes violence contorted in this way, it becomes possible to unironically argue that the answer to speech you don’t like is hurting people.
Screen shot from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure for the Atari Lynx (1991) – http://www.megalextoria.com/wordpress/index.php/2017/05/15/bill-and-teds-excellent-adventure-atari-lynx/
Malibu Bikini Volleyball for the Atari Lynx (1993)
Communism was not really a new or radical idea, even in 1917. It was simply a clever repackaging of the old, old story that the king knows best. The truly radical idea was and is the one in which we say, hang on a minute, maybe society does not need to be told what to do. Maybe the economy should be bottom-up, not top-down. Maybe order can be surprisingly spontaneous. Maybe we don’t need training wheels to stay upright on this bicycle. Maybe society can evolve.