“The strategy of a lot of the people on the far right is to get us to attack our own institutions and not think that they’re valuable anymore.
By waving free speech around as if it was a magic shield that lets you be an asshole, they’ve convinced a significant percentage of the rest of us that the problem is free speech, as opposed to the problem is you people. I think that there’s a real risk going on here that people fall for it.”
—John Battelle, “A Magic Shield That Let’s You Be An Assh*le?” NewCo Shift. May 18, 2018.
Can we at least agree that if you are going to use the word asshole, you should do so without any cute modifications or simply choose another, non-cuss, word?