Monday, April 23, 2012

Stephen Fry on being offended, plus Penn & Teller

'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry

Bonus Penn & Teller:

A note for new visitors: I'm not a right-libertarian. My politics are left-libertarian, aka libertarian socialist. I'll always be amazed that since the 1960s, so many leftists have abandoned free speech and so many conservatives have embraced it.


  1. Okay, I used Stephen Fry offence to find this.

  2. Libertarian-Socialist? Seems contradictory?

    1. Only because the Libertarian Party has tried to co-opt the word, but the left used it first:

      Basically, right-libertarians want rich people to be able to be robber barons, and left-libertarians want the wealth to be shared. It's essentially King John versus Robin Hood--they both want personal liberty, but they have very different ideas about social responsibility.

  3. Please don't compare Stehpen Fry's intelligence and wit to Penn And teller...