> Dickheads think I (an anarchist with some asterisks more related to pragmatism than anything else) am a fascist.
> I don't care, I write them off. They're too dumb to live, they can't possibly stop me.
> A long-time IRL friend of mine, a lifelong committed leftist, is up for admin at a lefty instance.
> It comes out that he and I are friends.
> He's of the belief that Masto admins are like lefty people IRL and that he doesn't get the bullet too.
> The thread where he explains himself starts off reasonable.
> Canceldon arrives.
> People feel unsafe. He's Tainted.
> Clearly, since it's impossible for two people that disagree on philosophy to be friends, he's a fascist. He's been deep-cover this whole time. Volunteering for socialist and environmental organizations his entire adult life is just deep cover.
:woman: Why are you still friends with him?
He's always been decent to me.
> King Retard @garfield
, sensing an opportunity to get on the popular side of a public flogging, officially denounces him.
The purge is on.
I don't think there's a cure for Canceldon, so my main takeaway is I should probably be more proactive about explaining my goals if for no other reason than to give friends something to point to when the pitchforks come out. I think the actual zealots are smaller in number and influence than they like to claim and I'm still of the ridiculously naive belief that it should be obvious that "proponent of individual liberty" and "pro-fascist" are completely incompatible and that I should obviously be in the first category.