Yesterday was a reminder to us of the bloodiness of pre-enlightenment differences in belief.
It started with the popes of course. They created in the Catholic church of the day a 'Safe Space' in which the tired old orthodox ideas were safe from challenge; thus Galileo could not challenge the notion of the Sun orbiting the Earth without violating the Safe Space then, any more than he could do so in one of today's universities, those that have banned all novel ideas and any challenge of orthodox dogma on the basis that students may be offended. Galileo would today be banned from speaking at the University of London. It is a matter of some shame that today's students are as restrictive and reactionary as pre-Enlightenment popes but there you are.
Hungary's Victor Orban spoke yesterday against George Soros and his ilk - the global corporates, supporters of a melding of the entire human race into one homogeneous, featureless mass of workers and consumers without any ties, bonds of loyalty or identity beyond those associated with global corporate branding. Orban spoke passionately about national identity and its importance, and about the anti-democratic illegitimacy of the unelected satraps of Brussels, the puppets of Soros and the boys, and against their tactic of using uncontrolled mass immigration to Europe to destroy our final and stubborn nationalism. It was a fine speech, and would certainly earn him a ban from the Safe Space.
Amongst the global corporates is of course Time Warner, the company that earns a royalty from every Guido mask sold in the UK, as a correspondent pointed out yesterday. The 5,000 mask march in London yesterday will not have earned TW an eye-watering amount, but no doubt the astonishment of many the anti-austerity, pro-open borders rioters at their financial and policy support of the global firm and of Soros and his ilk will give them need of rest and recuperation in their Safe Space against the notion that their heads are full of bollocks. They are actually protesting in favour of everything the global corporates want.
It does though speak of a certain lack of originality that the 'V' masks have been adopted both by the street anarchist urchins and scions of rock-Gods and our notable far-right bloggers and angry groups. Perhaps they all belong together in the Safe Space.