(Writing in Taki's Magazine)
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The feds are reacting to this rise in homespun activist coteries by creating a special counsel that will “coordinate the investigation and prosecution” of these “domestic terror groups.”
A Department of Justice official recently announced that radical Islamists pose less of a threat to the country than “anti-government and hate groups.”
You heard right: Online trolls are a bigger danger than fanatics who chop off heads.
In other words, if you disagree with the prevailing attitudes toward government and culture, you’re on a list.
* FOLKS... WHAT'A'YA WANNA BET WILLIAM R. BARKER IS "ON THE LIST?"
Progressives won the culture war; now come the spoils. That means using the government to crush anyone who thinks outside the box on race, sex, culture, and creed.
As Kurt Andersen wrote in the Gray Lady a few years ago, the 1960s ruined everything. The one-two punch of the sexual revolution and the civil rights movement vastly altered American culture and pushed it further toward societal egalitarianism. “What has happened politically, economically, culturally and socially since the sea change of the late ’60s isn’t contradictory or incongruous,” Andersen professed. “It’s all of a piece.”
And what piece was that? “Selfishness,” according to Andersen. “Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses.”
With same-sex marriage the law of the land (and progress soon to be made on the polygamy front), it only makes sense for the left to impose its moral relativism on the rest of the country.
Like Canada and Great Britain before it, America is slowly marching down wind of Orwellian thought crime.
Soon we’ll see tribunals for anyone who dares to broach uncomfortable topics.
The accused will lose their respected status to fully participate in society while also being cut off from earning a livelihood.
Their objections will not be up for discussion; it will be silence, sharp and swift.
* CLEARLY THIS IS THE DIRECTION WE'RE HEADED IN.
It’s happened already. Once-venerable publications purge unorthodox thinkers. Companies fire traditionalists from management roles. Big banks survey employees on whether or not they support sexual deviance. Mom-and-pop pizza shops receive death threats for living their faith.
This ain’t a conspiracy, folks. It’s as real as Justine Sacco’s tarnished life. Now Washington will start playing a role in shushing insubordinate voices.
The government’s focus on domestic rabble-rousers is nothing new. Years back, when President Obama first took office, the Department of Homeland Security warned that white-power militias were on the rise. Back in the ’90s, the Clinton administration fretted over “Patriot” groups who took offense at the unneeded deaths of 76 Branch Davidians (including women and children).
Going back further, paranoia over dissidents switched political aisles, and you had Republican senator Joseph McCarthy harassing communists. McCarthy may have been right — Soviet-sympathizing communists had infiltrated the Roosevelt administration, including Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White — but that didn’t stop today’s liberals from appropriating the late senator’s intimidation tactics.
If you look at history, it’s clear that government has always been a tool for suppressing malcontents. The Jacobins took the guillotine to Catholics during the French Revolution. Colonial puritans tried and condemned erratic-behaving women. Socrates ate the hemlock for refusing to recognize the gods of Athens.
No matter what society you have, be it homogeneous, theocratic, dictatorship, pluralist, or democratic, the state will always be a means to enforce popular will on a recalcitrant minority. As the old saw goes, culture is upstream from politics. Half a century ago, conservative values still held sway over social norms. Now the left’s ethos of self-serving anomie is the reigning gospel.
So what will become of the small minority who still cling to atavistic views?
As Yogi Berra quipped, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But here it goes anyway:
Conservatives can survive this storm if they hunker down and wait it out. The cult of liberalism is based on a rickety foundation, and liberals don’t have the lasting fortitude to sustain their own belief system. The Left’s death grip on America will eventually loosen, either by economic catastrophe or birthrate diminution. Only then will sanity return.