OK, so this morning I read an article that made me think a bit. I feel a tad responsible for the Trump thing because I’m one of those conservatives that was trying the let’s-slightly-cater-to-liberal-elite-ideology-while-gently-explaining-our-views approach to the leftist establishment, when the working class just up and quit, and are rooting for the reactionary candidate, Trump. This isn’t about conservative principles (1. limited government, 2. traditional social values, 3. save-the-world interventionist foreign policy ) any more. This is about just being anti-liberal.
Why be anti-liberal? Well, people are scared, and frustrated, and now angry. We’ve shut them up for too long. I know Political Correctness means well, but I am starting to think it creates Nazism. By silencing any expressions of genuine racial tension, (and also genuine gender tension) for a specific group of people, it creates a repressed backlash. And the decades of built-up frustration, when finally released, are not pretty. Because resentment makes otherwise-decent-people ugly.
Look, we can’t dismiss their fears and their wrongs too. Politically-correct censorship has just led to greater problems.
I’m guilty of this too. I’ve self-censored SO MUCH myself. There are things I won’t even think, hypotheses I won’t consider, black holes in my brain where I’ll say to myself “but that can’t be true because it could be fascist” or “racially insensitive” or “sounds mean” or “will make me look bad.” But then….O God…what if this is the beginning of the backlash? What if, after all the nation-shaming and political-correctness, we get another wave of strident fascism, as defensive as it is insecure? If decades of automatic-intellectual-censorship has created this backlash, we need to stem the tide now. We need to start speaking the un-allowed thoughts, before the next Mussolini or Hitler is “the only option”.
Normally, when I’m clicking randomly links through the blogosphere, I automatically click off of “dangerous” links that might brand me a Nazi or get me on some NSA watchlist. Today I actually read them. And what is more, I’m going to link them here so you can read them too. [So, yeah, trigger warning and all.]
A critique of social justice activists’ racial assumptions: https://zombiemeditations.com/2016/04/28/calling-for-alliance/
The plight of men (falsely accused of rape): http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/02/17/lies-damned-lies-and-social-media-part-5-of-%E2%88%9E/
On race and crime in America: https://zombiemeditations.com/2015/05/02/profiling/
Feminist manipulation of statistics: https://zombiemeditations.com/2015/04/30/conversations-with-feminists/
I’m not sure if I agree with these links. But I should read what they have to say. Because some men do have legitimate grievances from women, and not everything that is labelled as ‘pro-minority’ is actually helping them. When we automatically jump to the politically correct side (for the women! and minorities!) we might do violence to Truth. And without Truth, there is no solution, no healing, no dignity. Perhaps this PC-championing of “their” cause is what is really destroying them.
Unquestioning political correctness, if it ignores truth and twists statistics, will only breed reaction and hate and make it worse for everyone.