These words don't mean what you think they mean...…
I'm not "anti-mask".

I'm "most common masks do very little for an aerosolized virus one-two-thousands the size of the pores" and "there really are trade-offs of health and communication" and "harassing people over this seems crazy".
I'm not "anti-vaxx".

I'm "I'd like to know the long term risks both for my person and also existential risks such as leaked evolutionary pressure that might make this thing go 'Spanish flu' for real this time" and "give me a cost-benefit analysis first" and "kids? Really?!"
I'm not "anti-science".

I'm "opposed to government institutions with substantial conflicts of interest using 'science' as an excuse for ramming their interests down people's throats".
I'm not "anti-lockdown".

I'm "anti-lockdown in all but a tiny minority of cases because historically it never worked and it destroys people's abilities to make a living and isn't living what we're trying to preserve, anyhow?"
I'm not "right wing" for thinking public displays of child sexuality might not be healthy for children.

I'm not "left wing" for thinking corporations have an excess of power. Intellectual property rights are centralizing power to the point that individual rights are hemmed in.
And 2 + 2 = 4.

That's the whole sweet tweet.
I'm not a "crazy conspiracy theorist" for thinking through hypotheticals regarding obscured information that has great consequences on the world.

But if you think so, you might actually have totalitarian tendencies.
I'm not a racist for noticing that most violent crime in America is committed by black men. I don't want for any of them to grow up fatherless and poor. I'm pretty certain 'fatherless' and 'poverty' are variables that matter.
I'm not a conservative for thinking minimum wage doesn't solve poverty.

I'm not a liberal for thinking most state regulation of victimless crimes fails to get at the root(s) of the problem(s).
I'm not transphobic for thinking people born as men have a competition-destroying advantage if allowed to compete with women, and that destroys the joy of sporting.
But if you want to keep tabs on me, and report all this through your hierarchy---because "labels"---in return for pats on the head, you might actually be a Nazi. Or just a pathetic zombie of some similar form.
But if you need all these labels, or accept being confined by a tribe with whose leaders you have asymmetric parasocial relationships, that's not a reflection on me.

It's a prison you build for yourself.

And it hurts for me to watch it.
Now, if you haven't already, go back to the top and read the article. Please. It has deep historical importance. Understand what it means to point to a deer and call it a horse. This is the sign of the existential crisis.

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