BY SAM WHITE
Opponents of the radical left’s excesses have for a long time warned that over-bearing, often nonsensical levels of fervent political correctness are having a deleterious effect on public discourse.
The censoriousness, anti-democracy, and plain nastiness of the regressive left is not only wrong on a moral and a civil level, but is counter-productive to its own aims.
When normal disagreement on issues such as immigration and the threat of radical Islam is rendered impossible by vacuous, anti-intellectual social justice cackhands, what can be expected to happen? Did they really think that people would accept their all-encompassing new definitions of ‘racism’ or ‘bigotry’? Their definitions are cheaply self-serving, allowing any and all dissenters to be silenced through fear of slander, while undermining real concerns about discrimination.
Perhaps you can, for a very short while, police people’s words, but certainly not their thoughts. While you might be able to twist perceptions of the truth among the feeble-minded—that is, those confused and credulous enough to be indoctrinated by the PC fanatics’ corrupt algorithms—you can’t hinder a free population’s ability to recognise when a lie is being sold. There is a remarkable level of ignorance involved in the radical left’s belief that it can win an argument in the long-term simply by spewing abuse and falsely sullying the reputations of its opponents.
Safe spaces, trigger warnings, no-platforming—all are symptoms of a self-indulgent, infantile approach to public discourse, whereby retreat, fragility, and conformity take the place of exchange, evidence, and debate.
Then there is the noxious rot of identity politics. Who on the radical left thought that it would be a good idea to categorise people according to the colour of their skin, their gender, or their sexual preferences? Who wants to box us in like this without considering for a moment the resentment that such inhumane dogma would call forth? Who has the audacity to declare that some opinions are more valid than others based on—what?–family tree? Whose bed you slept in last night? Which church you might visit?
This is bigotry, pure and simple, and speaks to a move among the regressive left toward the arrogant, unnatural cruelty of social segregation.
When you read opinion pieces by liberal left wing commentators questioning how it is that Donald Trump has been allowed to claim the presidency, you should already know the answer—he has been propelled to the White House by, among others, the writers of those columns themselves.
The regressive left can tell people how to vote, and declare in crude terms that the electorate are despicable fascists if they don’t comply. It can threaten to root people out and have them sacked, or call them racist, stupid, and beyond redemption. It can leave no option other than to get in line and support the authorised candidate. And with the full, bullying force of the liberal media against them, many people will publicly fall into step with the agenda, and agree that the bad candidate is, indeed, unconscionable, while the leftist agenda is pristine.
On 9th November in the United States the illiberal left forgot that their wretched dominion ends at the entrance to the voting booth.
The identity politics corrupters have been roundly beaten at their own game, and the outcome they were warned about for so long has come to pass, as a huge number of reasonable people felt that they had no choice but to opt for the only non-PC alternative on offer.
This should be a wake-up call for the left—an invitation to reflect, self-analyse, and dissect how badly they’ve been led astray by ideological extremists.
Some are doing this, but unfortunately there are a great number who refuse, or are simply unable to snap the Mobius Loop to which they’re bound. Instead, they continue to whirr endlessly round like a piece of unwanted, stale sushi.
Incredibly, recklessly, they are now doubling down on the identity politics, going all in on political correctness, and utterly denying the possibility that they view events through a distorting ideological veil.
Having confused politics with morality, the PC leftists have the impression that all who take a different view are contemptible low-lives. They’ve isolated themselves on an illusory, desolately sterile moral high ground.
Any attempts to compromise with them are seen as unclean and ethically compromised. They’d rather just keep belching rhetoric, self-reinforcing, and upping the ante—the same accusations, the same untruths, the same tiresome, muddled gloop, over and over until the doctors arrive.
Sam White is a Guest Writer for Country Squire Magazine and his portfolio of articles can be found here at Up All Night