And just how prescient was George Orwell?
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
― George Orwell,
From the WashingtonTimes.com:
New York businesses face hefty penalties for ‘misgendering’ customers
by Branford Richardson
Greeting customers as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” — or even not using the pronoun “ze” or “zir” — could prove costly for New York City businesses under rules drafted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bureaucrats.
This is where I ask quite bluntly: what the fuck is a ze or a zir?
Punished by the Leftist Word Police.
The Gotham mayor’s Commission on Human Rights says entities that fail to address customers by their preferred gender pronouns and titles are in violation of the law and could be subject to penalties of up to $250,000.
Correct. The “wrong words” escaping your lips can subject your business, in New York City, courtesy of and endorsed and pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, to a quarter million dollar fine.
The maximum civil fine that the commission may impose upon “misgendering” is $125,000. But when the violation is the “result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct,” the maximum fine can double to $250,000.
And just who determines what is “willful, wanton or malicious”? A council of non-partisans? A group of randomly-selected persons? A committee consisting of an equal amount of liberals and conservatives? No way. That would be the very same Leftists who wrote and endorsed the original regulation itself.
Oh but wait — as I customarily say — it gets better.
While businesses are held to a strict standard, the guidance makes clear that the government is exempt from the law in “circumstances where certain federal, state, or local laws require otherwise (e.g., for the purposes of employment eligibility verification with the federal government).”
There you go. The government itself — the entity placing this onerous harness upon the shoulders of business — is exempt.
“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
— George Orwell, “Animal Farm”
This is sheer Leftist insanity. A truly accurate DSM V would in fact list Leftism as a mental disorder.
Which it is.