To recap last week, a plastic potato was neutered and Dr. Suess was declared a racist. On the plus side President Biden did take action on the Iranian proxy militias that attacked US interests in Iraq. Let’s return however to the first items and discuss cancel culture. Let us define, according to Wikipedia:
Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those who are subject to this ostracism are said to be “cancelled”. Merriam-Webster notes that to “cancel”, as used in this context, means “to stop giving support to that person” while Dictionary.com, in its pop-culture dictionary, defines cancel culture as “withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” The expression “cancel culture” has mostly negative connotations and is commonly used in debates on free speech and censorship… Former US President Barack Obama warned against social media call-out culture saying “People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and, you know, share certain things with you.” Former US President Donald Trump also criticized cancel culture in a speech in July 2020, comparing it to totalitarianism and claiming that it is a political weapon used to punish and shame dissenters by driving them from their jobs and demanding submission.
Cancel culture today goes far beyond ostracism and censorship, it can go as far as physical violence has manifested itself from what is known as postmodernism. Postmodernism is a recent addition to western philosophy. Postmodernism is seen in artistic thought, architectural design and social criticism. The first two are not a concern it is the last. I will let you look up postmodernism on your own, but a short intro in to the basic concept is ignore all that is know, teardown anything from the past and rebuild from scratch. Which brings us back to cancel culture.
What we have seen over the past decades has been an attack on the very foundations of our civilization. A true attempt to cancel the American and other western cultures. Many of those in the front line of this war call themselves “Social Justice Warriors.” What is wrong with fighting for social justice, nothing, unless your are not and just using the term. Most past philosophies have contributed to the growth of society from the classics to modern time. Around 1500AD (CE if you like) modern philosophy brought us through the enlightenment to today, constantly adapting and moving forward.
We are subjected daily to the consequences of believing in such ideas as White Privilege and Critical Race Theory. To go along with this nonsense you have to believe that every white person in the world is racist and that all actions taken are designed to deny people of color a fair chance. Most recently a group in Washington State demanded that the bicycle helmet law be repeal because it is racist. The reason is that all people of color are poor and cannot afford helmets. Another aspect of tearing down society is to maintain that there has been no progress in racial equality and therefore we must reduce the country to ash and start over.
I am not saying racism does not exist, if does of course all over the world. The House just passed what they call the Equality Act meant to protect LGBTQ+ citizens. The problem is a misunderstand, intentional or not, that total and unquestioned equality is a good idea, it is not. Everyone should be equal in the eyes of God, in the eyes of the law and in political action. Not everyone is equal to every one else. The Idea that transgender males should be allowed to compete with biological females is absurd. I hate to tell the left that there is a difference between the genders that cannot be overcome by legislation.
This argument can go on forever , I just wanted to begin the process of having everyone PLEASEThink about what is going on. More to follow.