Criticism

Do I dislike criticism? That depends whether it is valid criticism. And yes, I’m going to put it to the test.

I dislike dishonest criticism. I dislike dumb criticism, ignorant criticism, and criticism that’s “too clever” for its own good. Criticism from people who rely on magic words and belief in the political process. What I really dislike is criticism that misses the mark because the person doesn’t know what they are talking about and doesn’t bother to get informed before criticizing. If you criticize me in this way, I won’t take you seriously.

It’s hard work to get informed so you can criticize sensibly. You might even have to read just about everything I’ve written over 11+ years to criticize credibly, and most don’t want to bother.

As an example, someone (who started off by saying he knows I don’t like criticism) went into a thing about how the NAP isn’t a good moral principle for this or that reason.

He obviously hasn’t bothered to get informed of my opinion on the NAP, the ZAP, morals, or principles. Things I write are often heavily hyperlinked for a reason. And those who criticize me based on their belief in some statist superstition aren’t going to be taken seriously, either.

I have changed some of my views, opinions, and approaches over the years based on good, informed criticism. Sometimes I’m just flat-out wrong and I can see it when someone points it out. But often the person criticizing doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about, and will either get ignored, scolded, or laughed at.

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