Garret Ean has exercised his love of verbosity and ten-dollar words by writing an essay about Cantwell’s videoed confrontation with a SFK member. Ean tries desperately to make it seem like he’s above the fray by doling out condemnation for both sides. However, he betrays his allegiance by continually using loaded terms like “xenophobe” against SFK which carry a connotation of racism and bigotry – a fact that he is surely aware of – while conveniently forgetting to mention Cantwell’s use of the word “faggot” against “Boston”. Below is a response to some of Ean’s commentary.
There’s the fear and hate mongering at STOP FREE KEENE!!!, which when boiling over to violent rhetoric or threats thereof, occasionally gets censored. Then there’s the realistic incidents of actual violence in Keene’s streets regarding activist related activities.
No one had to encourage or instigate the resentment and frustration towards the “liberty activists” in FK. It’s been around for years only it’s now organized and has a name. We don’t actively promote hatred and fear of FK. FK does it for us with their smug attitudes, obnoxious behavior, and the welcoming of violent goons like Chris Cantwell and Rich Paul to our community. Garret and others constant reliance on farcical tone arguments like this only further illustrates the weakness of their cause and their character.
it seems there are those who are making it their life’s effort to embody the forces of antagonism.
Indeed. They’re called Free Keene and Robin of Hood of Keene.
When comparing the profiles of the two figures involved in the embarrassing public dispute, it is laughable the extent to which they are mirror images of each other on different life paths.
Chris Cantwell is a former drug dealer/political candidate who began his illustrious career as a mouthpiece for brutalist libertarians (read: neckbeards) when the police had the audacity to arrest him at 19 for a DUI. In contrast, it’s probably safe to assume Boston’s career isn’t based around pandering to bigoted idiots or making click-bait videos only a 12 year old boy would find impressive. The only thing laughable here is Garret’s expectation of being taken seriously as he tarts up his tired strawman arguments with a detached tone and long-winded prose.
There are those who confuse free speech to mean that one may (or must) say whatever one wishes, to include threats, implications of hostility, or other sorts of otherwise universally unpreferable verbal conduct. The American concept of free speech is defined from what is essentially a conditional prohibition upon government conduct. To evolve human conduct, we ought develop a higher standard than the lowest agreeable allowance of the general consensus.
Garret needs to exercise caution when he pats himself on the back this hard. He might pull something. “Free speech” has been a consistent cop-out for all sort of noxious behavior by FK and friends. Garret and his Robin Hood buddies were quick to use the aegis of “free speech” to defend their harassment campaign against city parking officers. Chalking penises and obscenities in front of candy stores has been called “free speech”. Ian Bernard’s and Derrick Horton’s attempt to indoctrinate middle and high school kids with secessionist literature and exhortations to drop out is “free speech”. But “Boston” letting the above “free speech” advocates know exactly how he feels about their activities? Over the line, aggressor!
This entire screed stinks of so much BS that people in Polynesia are checking their shoes.