"Debattklimatet is a black hole where only one opinion can fit"
"On 29 march 2019 wrote Ian Buruma an article in the Financial Times about how it was when he was fired from his post as editor at the New York Book Review. ”Editing in an age of outrage”, he calls the article (approx. ”The editorship of the ursinnets era”)."
"What was it he had done? Had he broken the law? No. Accused of a crime? No. Buruma allowed to publish the article, where a man is accused of rape (but cleared) had to give ”their side of the story”. Buruma felt that it was a valuable story about a man who had lost everything. He hoped to get readers to think, and wanted to try to fill in a seemingly simple story. But the reactions were violent, and Buruma was forced off. "
"”It feels like watching the gates of hell, at the end of time and space”, said one of the researchers at a press conference a few days ago, a blurry photograph of something that sas imagine a black hole. Or, rather: the shade of it which perhaps was a black hole. For the existence of black holes is still controversial. Despite this, the scientists are visibly excited. ”A nobel prize”, predicted one. Personally, I was just deppad."
"For one thing is quite clear. Black holes are, in the very highest degree. It is just outside of that in which we find ourselves, right now. And hath we us not it will engulf us. "
"Outside the black hole, there is a lot of good intentions. It may be enough now, we say. There are things we no longer accept. We have tried for many years to get a hearing but nobody has listened. The system that we have created to protect us have failed. We do not intend anymore to ask nicely. Now it is time to demand what we are entitled to, to cost whatever it costs."
"the Problem is just that when we start to break the rules that we have set ourselves, we are launching also the disassembly of the whole of our rule of law. And it will hit the weakest first. "
"Initially, it is perhaps not so remarkable. A person is guilty of a crime. We take measurements from, of course. Possibly we think that they are not punished enough. Maybe he escaped punishment altogether. The rules that our democratic society has introduced is not satisfactory. We can not accept. We decide to do something about it. Protests! Boycott! We stop listening to Michael Jackson. We buy no tickets to Woody Allen's films."
"But it is not enough. For it is not only the criminals need to be removed. Why should we have to put up with those who expressed themselves in a racist, joked about things you do not joke about, not taken away from someone who we believe that everyone should take the measurements from? Kevin Hart. Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Mr. Cool. Horace Engdahl. It is increasingly more that must be punished. For things that are not even punishable. But they are wrong! It must be removed!"
"And so spinning it, faster and faster, it never ends. Gravity is pulling us ever closer to the black hole. In that black hole where only one opinion can fit and fight for a fairer society dies in the shadow of the senseless manifestations of the type to Take a stand Against Rape."
"In the last week were prosecuted for aggravated assault and hemfridsbrott against the six men suspected to have taken the law into their own hands and spöat up a man who raped two children, related to the suspects."
"It is clear from the investigation that it never was talk of calling the police. Only when the abuse was investigated, revealed the abuse. The rapist was prosecuted and sentenced to one year and eight months in prison for the rape and sexual abuse against children."
"And never has it been more risk-free, to express the view that it is best to take the law into their own hands, for there is still no one who protects the victims of rape, or punish rapists hard enough. "
", ”Matter or light that enters inside the black hole's event horizon remains there and can never come out again”, explains Wikipedia. I don't know what an event horizon is, but it can hardly be the Bob Dylan sings about in ”Beyond the horizon”, where ”Love waits forever for one and for all”."
"Beyond the horizon waiting for the love, for one and sundry. For I imagine that Dylan's song is about a society where every story has more than one perspective, where justice is blind and all are equal before the law. But the clearer the black hole gets, the fuzzier becomes the utopia. "