It seems that the moment one invokes the word ‘safety’ all ethical considerations become unimportant. We see evidence of this with comments that Islanders are less safe, and less intelligent for safety! .
How do people get away with this??? Of course safety is the industry of eugenics! (https://safetyrisk.net/safety-eugenics-and-the-engineering-of-risk-aversion/). Once the sacred word ‘safety’ is invoked all critical thinking ceases. This is how you can run dumb campaigns like ‘Mums for Safety’ and no one bats an eyelid. Anyone who criticizes safety must be unsafe and demonsised. This is the binary nature of the industry and why compliance drives its ideology.
What we see in this tirade against Islanders is all the crazy assumptions of safety discourse coming to the surface. Isn’t it strange that the industry of safety that is fixated on compliance itself cannot think critically because of how it defines safety. Any critical thinking must be suppressed because compliance is king! Hmmm, who is dumb? In the context of this story it is clear where any lack of intelligence lies and it’s not with the Islanders. Indeed, it is only the delusion of paperwork-as-safety and safety-as-systems that creates such racist ignorance. Poor old Safety counting LTIs on the Titanic as the humans scream for help.
Now its clear that this article is propaganda but nonetheless brings to the surface an ideology that lacks an ethic. Indeed, there is simply no discussion in the industry for an ethic of risk or safety. Indeed, if you were going to construct a body of knowledge in safety one would have to start with ethics. How can safety be ethical when its foundation is the denial of Fallibility (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/fallibility-risk-living-uncertainty/) and the Love of Zero (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/for-the-love-of-zero-free-download/ )? Any denial of fallibility must lead to a dehumanizing ethic. When your global mantra for safety is zero ((https://safetyrisk.net/no-evidence-for-the-religion-of-zero/) then racism is OK.
What is so typical in this story is the level abuse sanctioned on either side of the debate. How strange to abuse others in the name of safety. Isn’t that a slight contradiction? I care for you so much I’m going to denigrate your race as dumb bums because I care for your safety? I’m so keen on zero harm that I psychologically and socially harm you for your own good. Yep, no need for an ethic here.