Who is Milo Yiannopoulos?


In all honesty, I have never read or looked at the conservative Breitbart website. Another blog follower recently sent me a YouTube clip from a Breitbart Editor named Milo Yiannopoulos. At first, my fine-tuned gaydar went off, but I was thinking to myself “a gay conservative?” I kept listening and actually couldn’t believe my ears. But then I stopped myself short of becoming somewhat like sheep and falling into the trap of listening to sound bites to sought out more of a full speech site to make my final determination.

 

Folks, it is no hidden fact that I am very liberal. But in certain situations, I cannot follow the party line all of the time. I remember my time as a college student senator where I vehemently voted against an expensively overpriced Talley Student Center. I was the liberal that was trying to save students money and stop a student government organization and faculty from continually practicing campus cronyism (which continues to practice). My lone ‘no’ student senate vote was squashed because the “sheep” of student government wanted to impress school leadership and its compeer relationships disregarding a popular vote against funding a new Talley Center. I remember distinctly hearing other student senators and campus faculty advisors that wanted to control, accuse, intimidate, or impeach me because I didn’t follow the majority in student government and campus administration. An apparent blow to democracy and similar to those that protest Yiannopoulos at his campus events. Back to Yiannopoulos.

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When I heard this guy speak I couldn’t help but think he is lecturing in an unfiltered manner. Of course, he is popular because he is voicing and rallying against the very institutions that have created safe spaces or the practice of becoming sheep before the slaughter. Do I support everything Yiannopoulos says? No. However, I do subscribe that he brings an excellent and compelling argument that both sides should have an opportunity to be heard. Do I think Yiannopoulos is a member of the Alt-Right or supports white supremacy? Emphatically no! What I do think he does, and efficiently but perhaps not academically, trigger what we have hidden as our inner voice and begin to reassess if that voice is not being challenged effectively. Naturally, Yiannopoulos has a trolling way of inciting a discussion and keeping his cool. What seems to occur on nearly a frequent basis is opposing audience members fall prey to appearing self-centered in hopes they are viewed as social justice warriors with poor to sad results. One thing I will say positive about Yiannopoulos is that his assessment of the Republican and Democratic U.S. parties are spot on. He has plausible arguments about Title IX laws (as I previously blogged about). I can see where he has an active following. But let me be clear, Yiannopoulous doesn’t represent either major political party in the United States. Instead, he focuses on the whitewash of policies that may have strayed from the original design that favor particular groups or interests. The design of system policies should avoid fluctuating for protected classes. Rather policy should be designed to equally and adequately safeguard and preserve all matters with the same level of scrutiny.

 

A problem for liberals like myself is that a majority of those that represent the left fail to properly listen to the opposing side and try to learn from its perspective. I, on the other hand, seek to follow my conscience and levels of compromise to look for a middle ground. This is the art of diplomacy and something we should learn to re-engage with. Sure it’s heated. Sure it’s divisive. Yes, sometimes it becomes personal. But hopefully, we walk away after the debate that we can build a bridge towards compromise or understanding. Yiannopoulous said something rather interesting in one of his videos. He mentioned that two of the top billed comedians wouldn’t appear on college campuses because “college kids are too politically correct.” He is right that we have become a society of censorship and liberalism with its importance of equality and creativity is being redefined as an a la carte safe space where laughter is punishable. This concerns me and should concern you. I am still a liberal and human with good intended qualities. My hope is that you will be human too and allow speech to continue regardless of our differences.

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Author: dsdaughtry

“You’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me / I’m relying on your common decency?" I tried to become vegan (it was the worst 6 hours of my life), Blogging Columnist, Army veteran, economic liberalism, Arizona State alumnus, and a graduate student at University of South Dakota. I hope you enjoy my site! | B.A. Organizational Leadership | M.S. Political Science

3 thoughts on “Who is Milo Yiannopoulos?”

  1. You said, “those that represent the left fail to properly listen to the opposing side and try to learn from its perspective”… AMEN. That has been my biggest complaint is the bigotry and myopia on BOTH sides of the political spectrum.

    I don’t consider myself a liberal or a conservative. I was raised conservative, and thus was taught some extremely WRONG things about the world, almost as much as what I was taught ‘right’… as I read, and learned, and debated, and discussed… I developed a liberal leaning… moderate point of view that is conservative enough to piss off the liberals and liberal enough to piss off the conservatives. It’s like they WANT to fight or something?

    There’s a logic missing in our society, well, not really missing, just misplaced. Everything in our laissez-faire culture is ALL or NOTHING. Majority votes automatically allow for discontent… Just as I taught my kids that when you ASK a question, you had better allow for a YES… AND a NO… anything else is presumptuous and over-bearing. And when someone tries to walk the middle path, it’s like one of those rites of passage from the Klingons in star trek… you are beaten with clubs the whole way through… People are horrible to one another. So sorry that you experienced that in college. 😦

    As far as Mr. Milo up there… you shouldn’t be surprised gay conservatives exist. Trump’s buddy, Peter Thiel, is a flaming gay and almost as much of an ass as Mr. Trump. He said in a 2009 speech that the worst thing to ever happen to capitalism was that women got the right to vote.

    I applaud your dedication in watching Mr. Milo’s videos… I can’t do that. Based on your review alone, I can tell you that he is not in this for the betterment of humankind. He’s an opportunist. He’s a capitalist. He’s in it for the money. And if he really had an education in logic and rhetoric, he wouldn’t be using the tactics that he uses in discussions. I would add that he is a narcissist too, but then… I don’t know enough about his history to determine that particular flaw. (Thiel and Trump though… high on the narcissism scale…)

    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Milo is only helping himself. I have been trying to make a meme, and I offer it out to anyone who might be able to help: “The internet and smart-phones – making assholish behavior the norm since 2005.” The only thing I lack is a picture of someone taking an embarrassing picture of someone at Walmart.

    Here’s where the quote is from: https://canaryinthecoalminebook.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/debate-tuesday-is-compassion-no-longer-a-virtue/

    It looks as though Mr. Milo may be suffering from a case of Millennialism just like the Trump Facebook queen of the alt-right.

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