In an attempt to make public performances more “inclusive” for people with “disabilities” like anxiety and other sensory issues, the University of Manchester students’ union has voted to ban applause at student union events, and is asking students to use “jazz hands” instead.
The decision was made to keep the University of Manchester compliant with a 2015 vote in the UK’s National Union of StudeBut students also noted that loud noises like “whooping” or “traditional applause” can create problems for students with anxiety.
It’s yet another example of the sheer lunacy that is afflicting the world: banning applause.
I’ve never come across anyone who objected to applause. But I never used to come across anyone who objected to tobacco smoke either. Now I suppose that there’ll be any number of people coming out and saying that they really hate it when anyone claps their hands, because to them it sounds like a lot of shotguns going off, and frightens them.
It’s always done for the sake of “inclusivity”, isn’t it? And it always involves banning something. And usually something totally innocuous, like tobacco smoke or carbon dioxide or clapping.
And each one of these bans places another slight restriction on people, added to all the other slight restrictions that form a cobweb of constraint. We’re all becoming like flies caught in a spider’s web, slowly being cocooned by rules and regulations, immobilised and silenced.
The “inclusivity” never includes smokers, of course. Smokers just get excluded. And they get more and more and more excluded, all for the sake of “inclusivity”.
It’s becoming unendurable. And I think it’s why more and more people are revolting against it, revolting against all the people who are trying to control them.
Like Guy Verhofstadt:
The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has said he will “never” allow the UK to control its own borders, claiming a system based on allowing in professionals and people with the skills the nation needs amounts to “discrimination”.
Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday, arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process.
He claimed that “enough mess has been created” by Brexit already, adding “let’s stop it”, before deploring the actions of the Conservative Party in recent weeks as “insane”.
Pretty much the whole point of Brexit is for Britain to control its own borders. That’s why Brexit is supposed to happen. But Mr Verhofstadt thinks we must be “inclusive”of other people (although not smokers, of course), and countries shouldn’t have borders. I suppose he thinks that houses shouldn’t have gates or fences or walls or doors or locks. And I imagine he also thinks that people shouldn’t have wallets or bank accounts that other people can’t take money out of. In fact I’m sure he does. That’s how socialists think. And he’s clearly a socialist. The European political class consists entirely of socialists.
Which is why I think Brexit won’t happen. It’s supposed to happen next March. But my bet is that nothing will happen at all. And it won’t happen because the socialist European political class have never wanted it to happen, and have no intention of ever letting it happen. No country can be allowed to leave the EU, once they have entered. The EU empire can only expand, never contract.
What are socialists? They are, in many senses, people who believe that human society is more important than any individual within it, much like the sea is bigger and more important than the individual fishes that swim in it. And for the individual fishes of the nations of Europe, the EU is the sea. In their view, we are all primarily members of society, and our primary duty is to that society, much like the primary duty of a soldier is to the army in which he serves, and in which he must submerge his upstart individual identity.
For these socialists the crime of individuality is that of having become separated from society. The insubordinate individual who has his own opinions, and ignores the conventional wisdom of the society around him, is regarded as guilty of something very like treason. How dare he think for himself! How dare he!
China seems to be the last refuge of socialism these days. And of course under socialism, everyone must think the same way. And so Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party is instituting :
Indoctrination: Mass political indoctrination is the central purpose of the reeducation camps established in Xinjiang. Elsewhere in the country, however, the Chinese government has instituted a wide variety of indoctrination programs, with the explicit goal of expanding the CCP’s control over people’s minds.
Digital police state: Human rights groups have reported that there’s a digital police state at work in Xinjiang. A hyper-intelligent digital surveillance system is used to control citizens, tracking what they say, read, and do.
Arbitrary detention: Reports of the Xinjiang crisis show that nearly all of China’s Uighurs are at risk of being forcibly and arbitrarily detained.
Pervasive controls over daily life: Foreign media and Human Rights Watch allege that the Chinese government is instituting a range of controls over daily lifefor Xinjiang residents, including restrictions on religious practices.
Well, thank goodness we don’t have indoctrination and digital police and arbitrary detention and pervasive controls over daily life here in Britain! It’s a free country still, isn’t it?
Well, isn’t it??