Monday, April 20, 2015

Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice

   I'd say he gets a lot of stuff right. However, I'd disagree on at least two points:
   First, he, like so many other critics of the SJWs or neo-PCs, says that he agrees with their goals. I'd say that's an error. It's not only unclear what "social" justice is supposed to be, but it's fairly clear that the goal of the SJW/neo-PC movement is not actual justice, and is largely not good. Of course if we characterize the goal very vaguely--justice--then we're all all for it. But when we start adding specificity, we see that their actual goals aren't laudable. What they're really aiming at is a far-left illiberal social and political order in which, among other things, any vague claim to victimhood is treated as a trump card, and bourgeois liberal hangups about freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, and so on are things of the past. And Lysenkoism...don't forget the Lysenkoism...
   Second, I'd say that the SJW / PC folk are not authoritarians, but totalitarians. I used to deride this distinction long ago made by Jean Kirkpatrick*, but not anymore. Authoritarians want you to do what they say. Totalitarians want you to think what they think. As a conservative friend of mine puts it: the right wants you to behave; the left wants your soul.
   This craziness is ascendant, and I find it horrifying that liberals are generally either indifferent to it or in league with it. This is the same thing that happened during the first PC spasm of the late '80's and early '90's. But this time they have the internet. And, whatever else it is, the internet is a tool for concentrating crazy.
   The first PC spasm was finally defeated when mainstream/centrist liberalism finally became aware of it. I'm hoping this latest spasm follows the same pattern.

* See what they've driven me to? Quoting Jean Kirkpatrick...Jebus...


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