This is one of those pieces where you have an internal debate about whether you wish to write about something or not because this only exists inside a very small world, for now at least and this one world is the beer bubble
But I suppose forewarned is forearmed and as I would never miss the opportunity to castigate threats to free speech and free thought I may as well have at it.
First read on the Manchester Beer Week website about being the launch of a “diversity manifesto” I wondered what the audience would be like…
It’s almost like they had to bus in white people from that there London, Liverpool and Sheffield just to bump up the attendance.
Anyway, that is an easy shot, that it took place at Fairfield Social Club, a place where hipster racism exists in God’s own image should have been a clue.
“But what is wrong with the 10 Commandments?” I hear you cry, “you’ve mentioned it in the title, get on with your point. I can’t see anything wrong with rules which are basic common sense and good human behaviour.”
No. This is true. Taking Commandments 6 to 10 most seem logical. Given this is the bible; it is amazing that people leading up to its writing and publication weren’t just murdering and robbing each other because they had no set of rules (holy or otherwise) to follow. That there were enough people around to write this stuff it’s fair to say that a great many people have a certain innate morality. Perhaps we should credit that to our supposed creator(s) too but what is life without actually written rules and therefore surely there is nothing wrong with this manifesto?
Rules are about control.
The infantalise those that feel compelled to follow them and therefore the followers feel compelled to compel others.
My main wondering is how far this goes. No compulsion, but are we then suppose to think that all venues not displaying this list are horrible, evil, squalid places?
Any place that doesn’t have these rules won’t have them because, they will think they are bollocks, they don’t care and they are quite open enough as it is but mainly because those that wrote them and the acolytes that adhere to them, won’t and would never have gone in those places in the first place.
Woke CAMRA of Bolton were quick to get in on the act…
Makes you wonder if this CAMRA branch will actively boycott pubs and bars that don’t display these rules, other than the 10 pubs of their area they actually bother about.
Long live the beer schism.
Much like the 10 Commandments, the first 5 about an all-powerful yet strangely paranoid and vindictive God. That this initiative sets it stall out, before its rules, by actually talking about it NOT being snowflakey, PC-gone-mad and virtue signalling all seems quite self-evident about the actual intentions. Me thinks the authors doth protest too much.
More than anything, this sets up businesses and their employees as those beholden with the keys to kingdom. An army of poorly trained and at the very least completely oblivious workers who now have to police what people say and how they act. It is a sham and an absolute nonsense.
It creates borders and boundaries, it creates individual groups and sets them off against each other in some faux war that apparently needs to be won in the name of bringing people together.
In the Koran (like all religious texts, rip offs of each other), it state that there is “no compulsion in religion” – which is cool, until the ultra-orthodox play the convert or die card. Just like gay-conversion therapy and other shit, zealots of every stripe are the ones to be wary of.
Then again I would say all this; I’m an alt-righter, a privileged man, with white skin, scared that his controlling patriarchy is collapsing.
Meh, we can all play the victim card if we choose, some are better at it than others and the really good ones can make money from it.
It plays into a bigger part of the so-called “culture wars” (wars, again, everything is about fighting). Growing up life used to simply be about; believe what you want, just don’t let it interfere with anyone else’s life.
It seems that those that preach secularisation of religion seemingly need to replace one belief system with another, their lives unable to function without rules and an orthodoxy to follow.
Thanks for reading.