Regarding Christine Emba’s March 3 op-ed, “Twitter is sick. The prognosis is grim”:
Twitter’s solicitation of solutions rings hollow for one simple reason. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey is a liberal, and liberals don’t see themselves as ideological, merely as correct. Any disagreement on the smallest minutiae of policy is hate speech. Any statement that runs counter to the narrative is hate speech. “Openness and civility” mean that liberals will be free to say whatever they wish, and the audience is obliged to accept and acquiesce. Any skepticism will be an “assault on their humanity.”
Liberalism is neatly summed up by Noam Chomsky’s warning about public debate: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” Openness and civility are antithetical. They weren’t always, but liberals’ hypersensitivity has made them so.
Michael Vann, Alexandria