Consent Is Gone

Consent is one of the terms that have been ditched by the Left almost overnight and have been picked up by the Right.

First, it happened with “freedom of speech.” Then with “working classes.” The abandonment by the Left of consent as an important concept is very recent and quite sudden. Only a few years ago, the Left was consumed by its passion for such extremes as “affirmative consent” for any type of sexual interaction. Today, though, people on the Left are taking to the streets violently to impose men’s right to expose their genitals to women against the women’s expressly stated wishes. They are harassing gay people for merely expressing a sexual preference for their own sex. They side squarely with Big Pharma (formerly the second biggest bugaboo) and the state security apparatus / military (formerly the biggest bugaboo to the Left) against unconsenting citizens who don’t want their bodies and privacy invaded by these entities.

At this point, one has to ask, what are the organizing principles for the Left? I’m talking about the kind of principles one doesn’t ditch no matter how situationally expedient it might be. In spite of my perennial readiness to change my mind, my principles haven’t changed in pretty much forever. I’ve always been for privacy, consent, freedom of expression, and leaving gay people in peace to love whomever they want. I’ve always been deeply suspicious of Big Pharma and the state security / military apparatus. I’m always against censorship and especially against coerced speech. I’ve always been for “not the color of your skin but the content of your character.” I’ve always thought that treating people differently because of their race or ethnicity makes you a monumental dick, no matter how good you think your intentions are. I’ve always been for “my body, my choice” (and in the case of abortion for “safe, legal, and extremely rare.”) I’ve always been against exploitation of workers, irrespective of whether they were born in Ukraine, Nebraska, or San Pedro Sula. I was always against the sexualization of children and against any but the very medically necessary medicalization of children.

If the Left has now ditched even consent and bodily integrity, what’s left? It’s a serious question. What are you for that you were for 20 years ago?

12 thoughts on “Consent Is Gone

  1. Such terms as Left and especially Liberal are mere content-free tribal identifiers, and have been for years. There are no actionable core beliefs. The core belief is merely that they, as members of their tribe, are by that fact alone proven to be the best educated, most intelligent, and most moral people ever to walk the earth, such that disagreeing with them makes one not merely wrong, not merely stupid, but EVIL. Look at the behavior of the Branch Covidians for an example. This lack of concrete beliefs also explains the remarkable lack of interest in reality – doesn’t matter how or if vaccines work, if the side effects are worth the risk, or even if they are a good idea for the vast majority of people to whom COVID is about the same risk as the common cold. Nope, their tribe believes it, so it is by that fact alone the sole intelligent and moral position to hold.

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  2. “What are you for that you were for 20 years ago?”

    Peace, love, brotherhood, money, dogs, law and order, status-quo politics,,,,the various qualities that make life worthwhilte,

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    1. ER, I meant “worthwhile”!

      That was a typo, so forget any racist digs about how I misspelled “worth-white.”

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  3. The so-called “left”, whether “communist”, “socialist”, “fascist”, “Nazist”, Marxist” or any of the other left “ists” are just a bunch of “we are the boss and you’re a peasant-ists” and that’s it. Their values/guiding principles are that they are the boss and you are the peasant. Everything else is window dressing and the deliberate use of nonsense to lull you into thinking that you have any say at all.

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  4. Very good questions…
    I am afraid I cannot answer them, I guess I am not enough “Left” by today’s standards, since I share most of your basic principles.

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  5. The Left believes in Progress. Which means you can’t stick with any guiding principle long-term: you must always find a way to take it further, do more, push the limits, expand the boundaries– there is no recognition that any boundary can be sacrosanct, because then Progress must stop at that boundary. It’s a road that goes straight to hell.

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  6. ” such extremes as “affirmative consent” for any type of sexual interaction”

    The funniest (in a sick, horrible way) is how “women don’t owe men sex” has morphed into “cis women owe sex to transwomen with penises” (that’s not an exact quote but it’s what the twisted rhetoric amounts to).

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    1. And from “gays are just born that way” we arrived at “genital preference doesn’t exist.” It was quite fast, too. I can’t wait to see the next iteration of this idiocy.

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      1. “I can’t wait to see the next iteration of this idiocy.”

        Question of sex and gender and orientation will all be obliterated so that people will have no identity beyond passive consumer?

        And the current official position is not that “genital preference doesn’t exist” but “genital preference is transphobia and therefore a crime against humanity”

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        1. Why should any part of your identity remain un-monetized? Maybe this is why the unnatural hair colors are so ubiquitous these days… it’s meaningless unless everyone can see you paid money for it. When was the last time we had a real craze for something that had to be learned (and took skill and practice), rather than purchased? Like playing harmonica, juggling, double dutch, clap games, or dance…?

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