Irony is everywhere these days. One prime example:
Moral relativists pushing “cancel culture,” enforcing an authoritarian, conformist “truth.”
The punishment for wilful noncompliance to this dogmatic “truth”?
Deprivation of income, deprivation of personhood, even.
Some state that “cancel culture” doesn’t exist. Try getting the many average, ordinary people who have been “un-personed,” fired from jobs, and banned from social media to believe that one.
Such statements are farcical. But wait- those infidels, those spouting unorthodoxy -they’re just feeling threatened that their entitled societal position is at stake.
So they say. But try going against the “right” views, those view usually more to the Left, these days, at least.
Watch your language. And your views. The New New Left thought police might do more than simply wash your mouth out with soap.
You’ll be washed into the gutter with nary a penny if you keep it up.
You’ll be banned from life more quickly than the Church would excommunicate wayward souls for communicating with demons back in the fifteenth century.
You don’t have to be an “influencer” or famous American. All you have to be is WRONG in the eyes of the new orthodoxy.
Try it and see. Support President Trump publicly? You know, support the Commander in Chief? Have an opinion?
Not these days; Goya Foods scion Robert Unanue had the audacity to do just that, claiming our nation was “blessed'” to have Donald Trump for president.
At one time, we valued dialogue and discussion. Differences of opinion added to the richness of public life. Or so we once thought.
Unanue’s punishment? Banned from the Internets, banned from life! Put his company out of business. Or at least try to get all that to happen.
From the mouths of babes, morally relativistic babes. Not abbes meaning women. That would also get you banned.
It’s not just one thing that can cause your cancellation, but a single offense will do the trick. You must conform to any and all “legitimate” viewpoints.
And, supporting Trump is definitely not one of them. But this is about far more than politics. That sort of thing always got blood pressures rising and voices raised.
How dare they sign their names to such a screed! Just who do these punks think they are? Shame on them!
We all love experiments. The spirit of discovery. Why not go into work on Monday and pretend to oppose an(y) official Leftist viewpoint? Just for fun.
You’ll be fired. Not just for fun. Try explaining afterwards that it was all in the interest of learning. Maybe ridicule a few Right pundits along the way, and you might even get a raise. Or a promotion.
You could always go anon. But beware: Getting doxxed –or swatted — is less fun than it sounds.
You could end up like Tucker Carlson, having an angry mob outside your home. Or a SWAT team ready to descend on a nonexistent threat. Fun for all.
And, this is no defense of Carlson; I don’t even agree with most of what he says.
Is agreement with the New Orthodoxy not enough? No; certainly not.
You must agree. Completely. Full support or no support. That’s how the Left sees it now.
Room for debate? That’s so yesterday. Step into the future, the conformist future, and forget about difference of opinion, dialogue, discussion.
Those are outmoded concepts. It’s all about dogma now, baby. Again, that’s not directed at women, I must footnote.
Liberalism? How about coercion? Harper’s Magazine bravely printed “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.”
Signed by authors, writers,and academicians on the Right and Left…hold it right there. You mean someone on the RIGHT signed?
“Oh, I didn’t know.” Let me rescind my support for the Democratic process, for intelligent discussion.
Could that have really happened? Yes; it did.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, well-known trans activist and author, stated precisely this sentiment:
“I did not know who else had signed that letter…I thought I was endorsing a well meaning, if vague, message against internet shaming. I did know Chomsky, Steinem, and Atwood were in, and I thought, good company. The consequences are mine to bear. I am so sorry.”
You can agree on nothing with your philosophical enemies. Back when reason mattered, there were no such thing, just opponents, adherents to opposing views. People you could exchange ideas with, as everyone learned during the process.
Not today. Does your enemy like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? You’d better eschew them. Strongly.
Shout down the opposition. It’s the only way.
Wasn’t it always this way?
How about you get with the program and accept that “cancel culture” doesn’t exist, before we cancel you, bub?
Feeling like the Left is the new mafia? Better keep that thought to yourself.
It isn’t enough to love Bernie or fawn over AOC. Total agreement on every point is the only way now.
If you get cancelled, it’s your own fault. After all, there is no cancel culture so it serves you right in being cancelled for stating you believe there is.
Confused? Don’t be.
Is that the power of projection, or something else operating here?
It’s the New Religion. Let’s all genuflect to the faux-god of Liberalism and…freedom?
Feeling very free these days? Free to state the Official Socially Acceptable Position?
Should we seek refuge in…the Church?
Will our differing ideas be better received there? Of course, we still risk heresy and excommunication, but that’s only for matters Divine, diverging from the Plan too widely. Maybe the synagogue is now the place where discussion and debate flow freely. Traditionally, this was always thought to be so.
Organized religion as the refuge from the Liberal orthodoxy?
Ask your Rabbi and see. Be purposefully contentious. It will probably get more to find yourself banned from your shul than it does to get banned from social media, fired from your job, and left without a spouse or visitation right with your kids, these days, for publicly disagreeing with the Liberal Orthodoxy.
Cancel “cancel culture?” Why, it’s just not possible. You can’t get rid of something that just isn’t there.
You can elaborate and pontificate from your literal soapbox in an alleyway, after airing your grievances online, as thats about the only platform you’ll have left.
Feeling ostracized? Not into public shaming? Maybe the 1950s isn’t for you, then.
Wait, we’re talking about 2020? How confusing. I thought Liberalism was the cure for all that.
Alas, at one time it was…before the world was inverted. Wave your freak flag, but be sure it’s an approved one!
AOC had some good ideas. But it’s all or nothing, either fully support her or lead the mob in she’ll tarring and feathering you and running you our of town!
As Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted earlier this week:
“People who are actually ‘cancelled’ don’t get their thoughts published and amplified in major outlets…This has been a public service announcement….The term ‘cancel culture’ comes from entitlement — as though the person complaining has the right to a large, captive audience, and one is a victim if people choose to tune them out….Odds are you’re not actually cancelled, you’re just being challenged, held accountable, or unliked.”
Of course. It’s just about non-amplification of heretic thoughts by powerful cis-gendered straight White Christian males. Right?
It’s challenging to lose your job. Possibly a challenge to be doxxed.
It might even be slightly challenging to be socially shunned into relative oblivion.
That’ll teach you to question whether cancel culture actually exists. For the last time, the answer is a definitive NO.
And don’t even think about talking back. Accept your fate gracefully. There’s nothing you can do. Mob rule is the only rule now, friend.
The more I think about it, it seems that the New New Left is nothing but an alter, nay a shrine, dedicated to ultra-conformity, the likes of which the world hasn’t seen in centuries.
OBEY. CONFORM. STAY WITHIN THE LINES. DON’T QUESTION ANYTHING.
Wait. Wasn’t this why so many Americans were drawn to the Left in the first place?
Trying to seek refuge from notions like this?
Fat chance, comrade. And, I’m not fat shaming. I’m thirty pounds overweight myself, and I accept my body.
And, in the end, who will all this despotic posturing really help?
Will it help the cause for African-American civil rights, a yet unfolding saga in 21st century America? Will it help bring people from the Right and Left to mutual understanding, or at the very least, understanding of why each side supports their divergent views? Will anything positive come of this?
We really have to wonder, and if we’re honest with ourselves, and each other, it’s fair to say that authoritarianism, whether from a religious body, or a political movement, is retrograde.
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