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Imagined: Sinn Fein's handbook for trolls... don't argue, just insult and never, ever say you're sorry

Malachi O'Doherty


Commentators get hung up on ideas of free speech when all they have to do is hit the block button, says Malachi O'Doherty

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Warfare has taken to social media.

Warfare has taken to social media.

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Jamie Bryson

Jamie Bryson

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Warfare has taken to social media.

I have never read the Sinn Fein handbook for social media trolls, but I imagine it reads something like this. Don't defend, attack. Never admit to being wrong about anything. Never concede that the movement has ever made a mistake.

We no longer advertise the principle that we are the only legitimate government of Ireland, but we do conduct ourselves in all affairs with a respect for this fundamental truth. No one knows better than we do what the nature of conflict is here and where the arc of history - our destiny - is taking us.

The best way in which you can serve our inevitable destiny is to scoff at those who doubt it. Treat their opinions as unworthy. In fact, do not engage with their arguments. Treat them as fools, at best, and more likely as liars and propagandists.