In a post titled “Why Hackers Must Eject the SJWs,” legendary open-source software developer and Libertarian activist Eric Raymond, the author of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” warns that the hacker culture is under ideological attack from the so-called “Social Justice Warriors” (SWJs).
They are the Social Justice Warriors, the SJWs, the self-appointed thought police who have been running amok throughout the West since the dawn of the politically correct era in the 1990s.
The Poisonous ‘Culture’ of Thought-Policing and Witch-Hunting
Raymond warns that the SJWs want to abandon what they call the “the pervasive cult of meritocracy” and replace it with a cult of diversity. “Open source projects suffer from a startling lack of diversity of participants, including women, people of color, and other underrepresented populations,” reads a tired SJW manifesto denounced by Raymond, who points out that meritocracy is and must remain a key part of the hacker culture.
“I’m not going to analyze SJW ideology here except to point out, again, why the hacker culture must consider anyone who holds it an enemy,” says Raymond. “This is because we must be a cult of meritocracy. We must constantly demand merit – performance, intelligence, dedication, and technical excellence – of ourselves and each other. [If] we allow the SJWs to remake us as they wish, into a hell-pit of competitive grievance-mongering and political favoritism for the designated victim group of the week – we will betray not only what is best in our own traditions but the entire civilization that we serve.”
This isn’t about women in tech, or minorities in tech, or gays in tech. The hacker culture’s norm about inclusion is clear: anybody who can pull the freight is welcome, and twitching about things like skin color or shape of genitalia or what thing you like to stick into what thing is beyond wrong into silly.”
Raymond is, rightfully, very worried about the poisonous “culture” of thought-policing and witch-hunting that the SJWs want to force on our society. SJWs are being ridiculed all over the Internet after the recent episodes of politically correct intolerance and mobbing in university campuses in the UK and the US, where the SJWs aggressively demand “safe spaces” where free thought and free speech aren’t allowed.
“A university is not a “safe space,” commented Richard Dawkins on Twitter.
If you need a safe space, leave, go home, hug your teddy & suck your thumb until ready for university.
The popular TV show South Park is mocking and ridiculing SJWs, and the viral video “Modern Educayshun” (two million views in the first week) hilariously shows SJWs’ “educational” philosophy. Before I forget, remember the bullshirtstorm. And here’s the latest pearl: Some SJWs in Minnesota rejected a proposal for a moment of recognition on future anniversaries of 9/11 terrorist attacks because “holding a moment of recognition over a tragedy committed by non-white perpetrators could increase racist attitudes on campus,” and others complain that their “safe space” demands receive less attention than the terror attack in Paris. Yes, really.
The open source community has, so far, resisted SJW attacks and affirmed the obvious: everyone is welcome to contribute, regardless of their skin color, gender, and sexual orientation (all of which are irrelevant), and all contributions are selected uniquely on the basis of their quality. Unfortunately, the SJWs keep trying to introduce “reverse” racism and sexism in the hacker culture, and there are rumors (unconfirmed) that they are trying to frame open source developers with fake sexual assault charges. Therefore, Raymond’s warning is timely and important. He says:
What’s there is totalitarianism in miniature: ideology is everything, merit counts for nothing against the suppression of thoughtcrime, and politics is conducted by naked intimidation against any who refuse to conform.
Ignore at your peril.
Images from Wikimedia Commons and Castalia House.