"Which brings us neatly back to Milo. At his essence, he's selfish. (But in a way we all are, even when we do outwardly good things).
What was interesting to me personally when I watched him was how many responses he stimulates simultaneously. Not only does he reveal himself, your reaction to him reveals yourself." JTSR71
We "are" all selfish, or at the very least we act on our self-interest. When a person "anonymously" helps someone or some group , I wonder if that solitary individual feels good about their deed because they were able to help without receiving any recognition and are therefore above other people that do good deeds for the recognition, or if there are actually people who who do good from the pure goodness of their hearts, and do not derive any ego boosting satisfaction from such actions. I suppose only the doers of good deeds know the answer.
I think Milo is just as selfish as the next person,but has a magnetism that is rare, for, otherwise, he would not be receiving all of the attention. There are many people who could say similar controversial things, but they would be dismissed post haste by most listeners because they lacked that "something" that Milo and others of his species possess. Mussolini and Trump seem to be of the same ilk, though perhaps not as intelligent, but just as oblivious to criticism. Listening to Milo on the Maher show, I got the sense that Milo loved the fact that he was the rare person who was immune to and above what people thought of him.
Freedom of speech: Given the millions of pages written about this big idea, what can I add? Let me just say that the words free or freedom usually throw me for a loop, for I would put myself in the determinist school of thought, which means that I am of the opinion that all that we humans do,say,think or feel is the results of understandable processes not of our choosing. So if we understood Milo, we would understand why he says what he does.
But what we're really talking about is a social contract that exists between the members of many of the societies or nation states of today. Milo can say what he wants, within legal limits, in America, England and several other countries without being arrested due to this right to freedom of speech contract, and he can say what he wants no matter how horrific and disgusting it appears to others. But he cannot libel or slander another person or entity while doing so. And his right to say what he wants does not mean that others must listen to him or provide a platform from where he can speak, except for a court of law,etc. In practice, there have always been a myriad of social and political limitations on a person's right to freedom of speech in all societies and peoples throughout human history.
But today we probably have less limitations than in any period in the past.
Bill Maher, being the free speech advocate that he is, allowed Milo on his program in contradistinction to the Berkeley students and certain conservatives who did not want Milo to have a platform. Why? Because I think Mr. Maher does actually believe in free speech, and like Milo, he fears not. He has disgusting people on his program all the time, including himself.
" marginalizes a minority with a different view. Which brings me to an interesting story." I suffered from some forumitis while trying to understand your minority bringing about change for the better. But history does seem to indicate that many changes or revolutions are brought about by dedicated minorities starting a dialectic within their larger society.
Speaking of minorities, a long time ago I experienced sort of a lesson in free speech that remains with me today. I was a member of 7 or 8 students that were soon to be part of a small class that was to be studying the first volume of Marx's "Das Capital" led a Professor who was a leading Marx scholar as well as person of interest to the CIA for his revolutionary ideas. When some of the students found out that another Professor had asked to sit in on this seminar, they called a meeting to discuss banning this Professor from the class because he was too conservative and would likely intimidate the students. Finally, a vote was proposed and I and one other student voted no to the banning issue. Of course the majority rules, which did not prevent the two of us from getting the cold shoulder thing. When this vote result was discussed with the Marx scholar, he basically said he had already given the Professor permission to sit in and there were no good reasons to ban him, which was pretty much what we two hold outs had said. Thus, I learned that the instinct to ban can raise it's ugly head just about anywhere. It's in all of us, even those who strongly advocate free speech.