About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Greatest Injustice in the World

At this moment in history, when innocent people like Elijah McClain are being murdered by the state, some people have gotten together to fight against the greatest injustice in the world: Meanies are mean to them on Twitter or Slack.

Snark aside, it isn't as though I do have any reason for empathy. A while back, I had a mortgage, car payment, pre-existing conditions, and a kid in college. Then I found myself out of my job because I quoted Anthony Bourdain. In addition to being suddenly unemployed, thousands upon thousands of people attacked me online.

And you know what? It just doesn't compare to being murdered. It doesn't compare to being stalked and doxxed and threatened with rape or torture (and I've been basically tortured to the point of being broken).

So if you look at this moment in history and you think it is all about you and protecting your precious privileged ideals ... maybe think again.

Update: The “free speech debate” isn’t really about free speech

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