Welcome to America’s Cultural Revolution

We’re in the dawn of a high-tech, bloodless Cultural Revolution, one that relies on intimidation, public shaming, and economic ruin to dictate what words and ideas are permissible in the public square.

“Words are violence” has always been an illiberal notion meant to stifle speech and open discourse. Popularized by a generation of coddled and brittle college students, it now guides policy on editorial pages at newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times and most major news outlets.

The Times can claim that a harsh tone and a small factual error in Senator Tom Cotton’s recent op-ed was the reason the entire paper had a meltdown, but the staffers who revolted initially claimed that Cotton’s argument for bringing the National Guard into cities put black lives in “danger.”

None of the Times’ editors, all of whom are apparently comfortable with running fabulist histories or odes to Communist tyrannies, pushed back against the caustic notion that engaging in debate was an act of violence. They bowed to the internal mob and pleaded for forgiveness. What editor at a major newspaper is going to stand up for ideals of open and free debate if doing so means putting “black lives in danger” and ends his career? Few, if any.

The Times has been cleansed of reactionary elements. The paper is in the hands of The People. Others will follow.

You may also have noticed another progressive slogan gaining popularity these days: “Silence is violence.” It’s no longer enough not to peddle wrongthink in the op-ed pages of the local paper, but now you must also actively champion woke progressive positions or you, too, are tacitly engaged in violence and racism.

This is a neat trick: To speak out in the wrong way is violence. Not to speak out is violence. Not to speak out in the way progressives dictate is violence. This is why your apolitical local lawn care company is sending out emails promising to dedicate themselves to Black Lives Matter. No one wants to be accused of harboring counterrevolutionary sympathies.

That doesn’t leave much room for dissent, does it? Anyone in the public square who doesn’t conform (save those who work for conservative political journals, perhaps) risks being humiliated and ruined.

Social media have finally given our illiberal activists tools to ferret out suspicious characters and drag them in front of the digital tribunal. By my count, there have been around a dozen struggle sessions for crimes against Black Lives Matter or related issues since last week.

“Dee Nguyen has been fired from MTV sports reality show, ‘The Challenge,’ after making insensitive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement,” reads one story.

Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear, who’s been calling games since 1988, was forced to resign after saying the words “all lives matter.”

Refinery29 editor Christene Barberich was pushed out for alleged “racist aggressions” (even the wording of the accusations has a mildly communist flavor). Bon Appetit editor Adam Rapoport was booted for the same, but only after “insensitive” photos of him wearing a costume emerged.

In not one of these cases, as far as I can tell, did friends and co-workers rise to defend those whose careers may have been ruined over a bad joke, errant comment or stupid costume. No, they participate in the ritual shaming along with everyone else.

And while these struggle sessions are primarily about public humiliation and intimidation, they are also ostensibly about self-criticism. Hoping to salvage his future, for example, Rapoport has confessed that he had “not championed an inclusive vision” — and who can blame him?

By the time you read this, Saints quarterback Drew Brees will probably be on his 10th round of ritual public self-flagellation — his wife having already apologized as well — for saying the words: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

Without an apology, we’re told, Brees would have been unable to work with teammates who are offended because there is no room for dissent on this issue. Brees promises to “listen.” Brees implores all of America to “listen.” “Listen” is a euphemism for groupthink.

Of course, everyone should genuinely listen. They should hear out Tom Cotton as well. Black Lives Matter is a group that is not only home to an inspirational sentiment and good people but also various hard left-wing groups and sentiments that some of us reject. It should not get a dispensation from the rules every other movement lives by. In a free and healthy nation, no issue should be above criticism or debate. We once called that liberalism.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of the book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun.” To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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12 Responses

    1. Black lives matter is nothing but a terrorists group donating any amount of money is dumb even blacks will tell you that black lives matter doesn’t represent them and Democrats are dumbing down our children so they’re easier to control public schools are WORTHLESS

  1. The New York Times Is and has always been a propaganda publication, not a newspaper, so why does anyone care what they print? It’s a publication to be ignored by the educated in the country.

  2. All lives matter period the lefty’s are just bull Schiff they can take there cultural revolution and stick it up pisslouseys where the sun don’t shine

  3. I am sick and tired of Black Lives Matters, when all lives matters. I hope that this country hurry ups and takes control of these people who want socialization, before it is to late. Our ancestors gave their lives for freedom, which these people just want to throw away. USA History should be taught in USA schools. People from another country should not be allowed in our government! I think it is time to put the DEMs in there place. If I had a business in that part of Settle I would close it for good and file bankruptcy, and move!
    President Trump lets see you do something now!

    1. Do Black Lives Matter? Sure they do but so does ALL lives matter, including these innocent children who the Liberals choose to abort for ANY REASON. Blue Lives Matter, probably a lot more than this BLM especially when they are criminals who have never done an honest days work as they are trying to do something for their community. Remember that many Blue Lives are also Black Lives as well as Native American, Asian, as well as White lives. ALL LIVES MATTER with few exceptions and only after being tried for their horrid crimes.

  4. ALL THIS PC BS IS SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO DESTROY. DONT KNEEL, DONT APOLOGIZE….YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. ALL THE LEFTS TALKING POINTS ARE CONTROL BASED BS

  5. I am truly disappointed in Drew Brees for apologizing. He did nothing wrong. Just giving in to the team of blacks who job it is to cover him. If it is that bad, just QUIT! at least you would have your dignity!

  6. I have NO respect for anyone who kneels or have knelt for BLM. I’m sick and TIRED of the PC demagoguery that has abused America, Britain, Canada, and Australia. Thank God Trump is the President, the best in my lifetime for sure, Morrison in Australia and Boris Yeltsin in Britain. Germany is a lost cause, Merkel doesn’t know what she wants. This pandering to the lowest common denominators in our countries has to end. Self deprecation is okay, just don’t give your souls to Satan. He’s already a defeated foe, just causing all this heartache & evil on all of us.

  7. All what i see, just a band of idiots who is got a lot of money from Soros & Bastard`s company and now they thinking this is their freedom , but this is their slavery , now they even can`t step back or doing something wrong what is not ordered ! Idiots, time will come, you are destroying of your own country and will be live on this junk yard what you made from the greatest country of the world, but….and judgement day will be for you …. but Soros is don`t care, and this beast will be in hell already when you start to understand it ! Ha-ha-ha ! …..will be too late …..

  8. I can’t believe you removed my long response because you didn’t like my honest feelings!!!

    That says it all…your all mental cases!!!

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