Writer Andrew Sullivan, a long moderate liberal, has been canceled more than once by the Left. He knows why and he knows who they really are.
Sullivan: “What happened to you?”
It’s a question I get a lot on Twitter. ‘When did you become so far right?…Why have you become a white supremacist, transphobic, misogynistic eugenicist?’ Or, of course: ‘See! I told you who he really was! Just take the hood off, Sully!’
It’s trolling, mainly. And it’s a weapon for some in the elite to wield against others in the kind of emotional blackmail spiral that was first pioneered on elite college campuses.
But it’s worth answering, a year after I was booted from New York Magazine for my unacceptable politics. Because it seems to me that the dynamic should really be the other way round.
The real question is: What happened to you? The CRT debate is just the latest squall in a tempest brewing and building for five years or so. And, yes, some of the liberal critiques of a Fox News-hyped campaign are well taken. Is this a wedge issue for the GOP?
Of course it is. Are they using the term ‘critical race theory’ as a cynical, marketing boogeyman? Of course they are. Are some dog whistles involved? A few. Are crude bans on public servants’ speech dangerous? Absolutely.
But does that mean there isn’t a real issue here? Of course it doesn’t. Take a big step back. Observe what has happened in our discourse since around 2015.
Forget CRT for a moment and ask yourself: Is nothing going on here but Republican propaganda and guile? Can you not see that the Republicans may be acting, but they are also reacting — against something that is right in front of our noses?
What is it? It is, I’d argue, the sudden, rapid, stunning shift in the belief system of the American elites. It has sent the whole society into a profound cultural dislocation.
It is, in essence, an ongoing moral panic against the specter of ‘white supremacy,’ which is now bizarrely regarded as an accurate description of the largest, freest, most successful multiracial democracy in human history…
Religious freedom? Illegitimate bigotry to the Left. Equality? Only group equity counts now, and individuals of the wrong identity can and must be discriminated against. Color-blindness? Another word for racism.
Mercy? Not for oppressors. Intent? Irrelevant. Objectivity? A racist lie. Science? A manifestation of white supremacy. Biological sex?
Replaced by socially constructed gender so that women have penises and men have periods. The rule of law? Not for migrants or looters. Borders? Racist. Viewpoint diversity? A form of violence against the oppressed.
We are going through the greatest radicalization of the elites since the 1960s. This isn’t coming from the ground up. It’s being imposed ruthlessly from above, marshaled with a fusillade of constant MSM propaganda.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on July 13, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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