UPDATE 9/6/23: Jordan Peterson is being canceled for daring to state that this is a WOMAN named Ellen Page claiming to be a man named Eliot Page. Here, she proudly shows off and glamorizes her double mastectomy for the benefit of other confused, gender dysphoria sufferers like herself.
UPDATE 8/12/23: Not only Robert E. Lee has been canceled but his celebrated, noble steed Traveller as well now. A plaque commemorating the legendary mount has been removed, and another bit of romantic history goes down the memory hole at the behest of the 1619 crowd. Tragic and, frankly, evil.
UPDATE 8/4/24: The murderous consequences of Cancel Culture are on full display in the case of Richard Bilkszto, a naive, liberal, White school principal, driven to suicide by the vicious bullies of Toronto’s Woke/DEI Mafiosi. Nothing less than free speech and the privilege to speak one’s mind publicly without being systematically destroyed is at issue here. These well-groomed thugs have nothing on Hitler’s Brown Shirts or Mao’s Cultural Revolutionists or O’Brien’s interrogation/torture of Winston Smith in Orwell’s “1984.”
UPDATE 6/18/23: Andrew Lloyd Webber has just been notified that he, being British, is forbidden from writing about anything except things British. Cultural appropriation, you know. Had the new Puritans gotten to him a few decades earlier, he could have saved the time & trouble and totally exonerated himself for writing about things Argentine (“Evita”), things French (“Phantom”), things Middle Eastern (“Joseph,” “Jesus Christ Superstar”), things American (“Sunset Boulevard”); any and all things absurdly disallowed by the self-appointed totalitarians driving our lives and culture at large into the grave. He correctly describes this surreal, virtue-signaling gesture as “the death of art.”
Permanent civil war, inspired by the neo-racist Obama agenda, is the overriding Wokester goal, “cultural appropriation” being just one more way to keep us ceaselessly at each other’s throats.
UPDATE 4/30/23: Even card-carrying Hollywood Prog Steven Spielberg regrets caving to the PC police and editing out guns and dramatic logic in 2002 from his 20th anniversary re-release of “ET.” Sadly, he’s an old fogie coming to his senses late in his career and life. What of his young, Woke-infused moviemaking heirs?
UPDATE 3/11/23: The same self-serving virtue signaling that made it cool to banish eminent Russian artists from the stage in the wake of Putin’s Ukrainian invasion did its worst in canceling Placido Domingo for so-called crimes against the “Me-Too” inquisitors. Still attractive, virile and singing beautifully at age 82, Placido has returned to America (freedom-loving Florida, to be specific) and promises to be back for good. Aside from continuing to sing, he intends to clear his name, to get his personal reputation back, a lion assaulted by fleas in the evil atmosphere of the widespread cultural witch hunt. Once again demonstrated, the Left exists to ruin everything it touches.
The great singer returns, then at 17, now at 82. Still got it, kid.
UPDATE 2/24/23: They won’t give up hounding J.K. Rowling for refusing to bow to the Gender Nazis. Obliterating the world’s most successful author for the crime of mild, reasonable dissent is too big a prize for the Trans tyrants to miss bagging.
UPDATE 2/23/23: After serious backlash from a disgusted reading public (including Queen Consort Camilla), Roald Dahl’s publisher has thought twice about the brilliance of “New Coke” versions and will continue to offer the original “Coke Classic.” And, dare we hope, they will quietly be shredding all the new, improved, revised, Woke versions within the window of time that allows plunging sales to reflect the stupidity and immorality of the whole move.
Oh, really? But thanks anyhow.
UPDATE 2/18/23: “Cleaning up” the uniquely off-beat writings of Roald Dahl for purposes of removing “insensitivity” is, pure and simple, murder of free expression. Creative artists and free thinkers of all kinds, take note.
UPDATE 2/15/23: J.K. Rowling continues to be figuratively burned at the stake for refusing to bend to the Woke gender Nazis. Now a longstanding Orwellian distortion, their idealized “inclusion” is actually exclusion of any contrary opinion or criticism.
UPDATE 2/3/23: Virginia’s University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law, generously endowed in 1890 by and named after a 19th century philanthropist (and former slave owner) and further endowed in subsequent years by his descendants, decided to go Woke and remove all trace of his name from the campus. The Williams family has, quite reasonably, demanded that original 19th century endowment back, calculated in 2023 dollars (with 6% compound Interest over 132 years) as being $51 million. Doubtless this is causing some second thoughts on the matter.
UPDATE 2/1/23: The distinction Leftist politics has in practice over and apart from all other politics is its central need to control, control, control every aspect of human affairs. The arts are a natural target for tyrants being a core lifeline to and from the creative human soul. Where better to capture and crush people than at their most sensitive, alive, expressive, free? Professional artists from all branches of the creative world are feeling this asphyxiation in the form of withdrawn funding and even legal punishment for impermissible departures from The Woke Agenda.
UPDATE 1/27/23: A social media post by a 20 year old rookie cop praising traditional marriage has resulted in his suspension by his trembling, Woke-whipped superiors. The Left ruins everything it touches: doctors, football players, classical musicians, cops…everyone and everything.
UPDATE 1/6/23: You really know what stinky creek we’re up when West Point has morphed into Woke Point busily disappearing all traces of Robert E. Lee.
But what is that terrible, unearthly sound?
“From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The long gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.” Douglas MacArthur.
UPDATE 12/4/22: We aren’t America without freedom of speech, and this most basic right and privilege of American life has been suppressed from the highest levels of the Dem Party. They long ago exposed themselves as UniParty totalitarians, and every move and policy they make now seems geared to destroy what we think of as our free country. Now with Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, the magnifying glass is on this treachery as played out in social media. Actor James Woods leads the pack of those prominent conservatives muzzled up to now, and going on the offensive against these dark forces. May full exposure in the Twitter Files be only the first shot in a fight, however long, to the finish.
UPDATE 11/22/22: A former topflight Levi’s executive explains how she went from corporate star to canceled whipping girl standing up to her company’s slow suicide of pandering to the compulsory Woke culture of younger company staff.
UPDATE 10/15/22: No, they haven’t exactly canceled a Rodgers & Hammerstein Americana classic; they’ve simply injected it with SJW (social justice warrior) poison to transform it into something it isn’t in the same perverse way CRT rewrites American history or puberty blockers, hormones and surgery purport nowadays to change a person’s sex. A romantic theatre piece beloved by millions since 1943 should now be re-titled “Woke-lahoma,” and any objection merits the automatic cry of “Racist! Sexist!” or whatever other lying insult fits the occasion. Yet one more instance of the Left ruining EVERYTHING it touches.
UPDATE 10/10/22: It was no “error” or “accident” that PayPal threatened its users with a confiscatory fine of $2500 for any account they deemed “misinformation.” After social media uproar, the threat has been rescinded, but the notion that anything conservative or considered “rightwing” be punished is a clear abridgement of free speech. Yeah, it’s a private company, and they are free to be politicized tyrants in their own private domains. Fair enough. We’ll go elsewhere for business. Apparently, the massive blowback has made them backpedal although you know it’s not on principle.
UPDATE 10/10/22: The determination to kill Columbus Day in the name of “anti-racism” is the leading edge of the assault on America. One small step in the overall agenda: destroy Columbus Day, destroy America.
UPDATE 10/8/22: As the Empty Head Commander-in-Chief talks nuclear war, his Woke Secretary of Defense is hard at work erasing American history by renaming military bases named after notable Civil War figures like Hood and Bragg. Criminalizing the singing of “Dixie” and “Bonnie Blue Flag” can’t be far behind.
UPDATE 9/21/22: Admirable is the brave intellectual who can withstand the pressures of the Cancel Culture Mafia. Tom Sowell and Walter Williams deserve double kudos for being both conservative AND Black and immune over long careers to such pressure. Prominent historian and President of the American History Association James Sweet has just bowed to that pressure and, like too many before him, has allowed himself to issue an apology for challenging the prevailing CRT/1619 revisionism. He has done scholarship and himself a major disservice.
UPDATE 9/17/22: Free speech on social media has scored a victory as a counterpunch to Biden’s push to step up legal censorship of anything falling under the ever-broadening definition of MAGA “semi-fascism” and “disinformation.”
UPDATE 8/28/22: Cancel culture (CC) is the antithesis of freedom, a tyranny of politics suppressing the human spirit that “politics” is supposed to protect and preserve. Examples of this barbarity shamefully abound as evidenced by what I termed “orgies of self-congratulation” in posts from March 12 & 17, 2022. This continues to involve the erasure of anything Russian lest it be associated with Putin, currently the virtue-signaling clowns’ bogeyman of choice (after Donald Trump of course).
Take the example of a stunning young Russian musician named Alexander Malofeev, just now being allowed to perform again in the West after cancellation earlier this year in the midst of our very own Cultural Revolution.
Contemplate the bottomless stupidity of letting politics stand in the way of great human achievement as demonstrated here by this prodigy’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s transcendent 3rd Piano Concerto.
UPDATE 7/13/22: According to a Rasmussen poll, a mindlessly large percentage of Dems want to abolish the Supreme Court for handing down a ruling they REALLY dislike. We have been informed that if we refuse to discard the rules laid down 250 years ago and not play the game their way, there is to be no game. So there.
UPDATE 7/7/22: The estimable Dr. Zelenko is not dead a day, and the Twitter thugs have removed the foundation bearing his name for the usual reasons of “mis” (or is it “dis”) information. A major disappointment of Musk’s withdrawal from the Twitter deal is the missed chance to expose the full history of the company and the evil it has injected into the American bloodstream. In the same wicked spirit, Jordan Peterson remains canceled for sticking it to the pronoun Nazis as he’s been doing for years now.
UPDATE 7/2/22: Freedom of speech, not by accident the FIRST Amendment in our most fundamental document, is under serious attack; and Jordan Peterson’s refusal to be silenced about the pure absurdity of Woke trans politics needs to be front page news. Patrick Henry’s ultimatum about “liberty or death” echoed in Peterson’s stand is not just romantic history.
UPDATE 6/24/22: Hilarious, outrageous Rowan Atkinson is decidedly not the befuddled Mr. Bean or Black Adder but a serious champion for freedom of all expressions, offensive or otherwise.
UPDATE 6/12/22: There was a time when expressing oneself and offending someone else was a matter between individuals. Now it’s an officially punishable crime to think thoughts not in keeping with another person’s outlook. It can get you fined, jailed, canceled, maybe killed. How things have changed in the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
UPDATE 5/7/22: De Santis is clearly moving to the forefront of un-Woke America’s leadership when he, like a de-Twittered Trump before him, has become a prime target for cancellation by Liberal/Leftist organizations. In this most recent instance, a prominent Jewish heritage organization Tikvah has abandoned any respect or use it might have had for free speech.
UPDATE 5/3/22: A conference at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe PA has become the scene of censorship/canceling online videos of its participants’ presentations and, most likely, eventual disbanding of the College center that sponsored the conference. The predictable crime committed is expression of viewpoints unpalatable to the Woke College administration. Quoth the school’s Thought Police: “…to protect the diversity of opinion critical to our students’ educational growth, only ‘responsible opinion’ will henceforth be allowed to be expressed at St. Vincent.”
Operating on the all-purpose Orwellian principle of Woke “inclusiveness,” they have excluded what they don’t happen to like. These are the tyrannical DoubleThinkers controlling most of our institutions of higher learning.
4/25/22: The Walt Disney Company has wandered into a danger zone of brainwashed perplexity, amazed and horrified that their embrace of gender Wokedom has blown up in their face. Such cluelessness is proving to be the characteristic shared universally by those self-styled elites in entertainment and politics dedicated to destroying the way of life that has created their own wealth and power.
UPDATE 4/23/22: It’s common projection on steroids when Lib/Lefties, confronted with displeasing ideas, reflexively shriek as if they’re being censored or silenced, “Well, I have a right to my opinion!” This is actually THEIR way of saying, “Shut up!” In reality, who really wants to silence whom? Free speech for me, not for thee.
4/23/22: A Black mayor in Tennessee throws down the gauntlet to the book-bannning, statue-smashing cancel culture fanatics and stages a Confederate History Month to force real awareness and examination of the Civil War in all its significance rather than simply erasing it from sight, sound and memory.
UPDATE 3/23/22: The continued censorship and mutilation of true science will, over time, take a toll dwarfing the actual Covid fiasco. Watch this roundtable of real scientists and be encouraged by honorable professionals bearing no resemblance to the Faucists tyrannizing the world over the last two years.
UPDATE 3/17/22: The arrogance of Western arts organizations banishing Russian personalities and artistic works is right out of Stalin’s and Mao’s Cultural Revolution playbook. But let’s not spoil their wild orgies of self-congratulation.
UPDATE 3/12/22: We are endlessly reassured that everything the Woke Left/Cancel Culture crowd does is based on good, sound moral principles. Ask them, they’ll gladly tell you how virtuous they are. Such paragons of virtue include brainless impresarios and arts organization executives now removing the works of Tchaikowsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff from programs because…well…they’re Russian. World famous Russian citizens who have made their careers in the West such as Valery Gergiev and prima donna Anna Netrebko have been, respectively, relieved of his conducting position in Munich and banned from singing at the Met. Neither of the latter are guilty of endorsing Putin’s actions. Realistically, they are both Russian citizens compelled to be reticent and walk a precarious high wire to protect themselves, their friends, families and property back in the Motherland.
Whenever liberals and Leftists vociferously embrace a cause that is authentically righteous, one must be wary. They are doing the right things but with the wrong motives. In this instance, it is the totalitarian mentality of the “anti-fascist” who actually matches or outdoes the hated “fascist” when it comes to imposing or practicing tyranny. For ironic similarity, one need go no further back than the U.S.S.R itself to find a comparable case of Soviet authorities making life miserable for uncooperative artists such as Shostakovich and Pasternak.
Here our noble conscience compels us to display some Fascist art to be avoided at all costs.
UPDATE 3/12/22: Tulsi Gabbard was once a rising star in the Democratic Party firmament. But well before it was cool to hate all things Russian, she was blackballed as a Russian spy and an all-round Undesirable Deplorable by no less than Hillary and her fellow Commissars. Naturally, it’s all about her decidedly freedom-oriented, suspiciously American approach to politics…which makes her the future unlike that wicked HasBeen responsible for the “Russian agent” slander and the “Russian collusion” fable. What would Hillary do without Putin to deflect from her own desperate ruthlessness and collusion with bad actors?
UPDATE 2/20/22: Forbes Magazine, a name and publication once synonymous with American capitalism, free enterprise, the entrepreneurial spirit, is now a fulltime participant in Cancel Culture, firing writers critical of the BigGov Establishment.
UPDATE 2/14/22: The latest victim of toxic corporate wokeism is a super-talented Levi Jeans executive getting axed for daring to object to the restrictions placed on her kids by California Covid commissars. Fortunately, she has the resources to move herself and her four children to Colorado.
UPDATE 2/12/22: Joe Rogan remains Target #1 for Cancel Culture. Saving the good news for last, the bad news is that he has insistently begged for forgiveness and shown signs of caving to both the carefully orchestrated hit on him at Spotify and the transparently doctored video of his using the n-word in boring repetition totally out of context. The good news is that Rumble has offered him $100 million over four years without any fear of censorship and “zero content restrictions.” Take it, Joe! It’s the free speech, stupid.
UPDATE 1/31/22: Rather than being guided by our cornerstone principle of free speech (not by chance the FIRST Amendment of our most FUNDAMENTAL founding document), the Left just stamps “CANCEL” on everything it doesn’t like. And the sheeple can only follow as directed. Rogan vs. Young is currently the most clear-cut case of LibLeftLove for censorship.
UPDATE 1/28/22: Astonishing how a screechy-voiced, arrogant dweeb can become such a legend in his own mind. Rock stars: what don’t they know? A dried-up old codger now and still as stunningly stupid as his brain-dead fans so passionately into cancel culture.
UPDATE 1/14/22: The latest outrage of cancel culture is the reported business termination of all Mike Lindell’s personal & charitable accounts by his longtime Minnesota bank. Cancel culture gone viral is not going away. To any halfway alert person, it’s a bad joke hearing Twitter/YouTube/Google explain they’re just protecting us from “misinformation” and lies, itself the biggest bit of lying misinformation out there these days.
The only satisfying end to this will be the self-inflicted financial ruination of the cancelers as they are gradually abandoned by the wised-up consumer public.
UPDATE 1/9/22: So who has Twitter permanently banished this week? One can hardly keep track.
UPDATE 1/4/22: A children’s book publisher celebrating admirable American figures (read “conservative”) kicked off Facebook. Facing vocal and well-publicized resistance, the Zuckeroids have suddenly, regrettably claimed it was all a mistake.
UPDATE 11/7/21: Not so long ago, NASCAR, alongside much of country music, was representative of MAGA America, providing it with its base. Now both have capitulated to the Woke Police to cover their behinds. Clueless NASCAR President Steve Phelps has actively made a point of disapproving and distancing himself from “Let’s Go, Brandon!” which originated and still thrives in his own grandstands. He is probably trembling at the prospect of being canceled and wants it both ways like RINOS, the NFL and all spineless politicians. Hoping to mollify the Left (as in NASCAR’s reflexive support of BLM in response to the Bubba Wallace noose hoax), they will lose their base.
UPDATE 11/4/21: Good question posed about whether comedy and the rest of free speech can survive Cancel Culture: who will have the last laugh?
10/20/21: First they came for Dixie…Then they came for everything American. In vain, one might directly question members of NY City Council for removing a City Hall statue of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the document that ultimately ended slavery in America. But that’s assuming they actually care about social injustice when they’re really all just aspiring little dictators.
UPDATE 9/12/21: The marvelous Mr. Bean/Black Adder known in civilian life as actor Rowan Atkinson holds forth eloquently and with perfect clarity on The New Intolerance and the Outrage Industry overtaking and subverting our free way of life.
UPDATE 9/12/21: Cancel culture, erasing history, is a movement to pull America out by the roots. And what is more fundamental to our survival than our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, now said to contain “harmful content?”
Pull down Robert E. Lee in Virginia this week; why not publicly burn the Constitution in nearby D.C. next week?
UPDATE 8/13/21: Classical music is now tapped for cancellation as race and any real or imagined hint of racism has become the central issue (for some, thankfully not all) of the cultural world, not artistic creation. Consider the demand of one classical musician for “The Messiah” to be canceled because composer G.F. Handel purportedly held stock in a slave trading company 3 centuries ago. Like everything the Left touches, there is no crime, real or imagined, that hasn’t been committed that doesn’t call for political (and financial) retribution. The cost to the world is the reduction of great music and the rest of Western Civilization’s greatest achievements as nothing more than political propaganda.
UPDATE 7/22/21: We are living in an age of fear where even speaking out can cost free social contact and movement, your job, your liberty, even your life. It’s gratifying that those with the means and a prominent pulpit like Candace Owens take on the Big Tech cancelers in court. Meanwhile, the Average Joes & Janes are learning firsthand the real meaning of fear in the most ordinary social circumstances and developing the courage to vanquish it.
UPDATE 7/11/21: The cancerous cancelers have won this one: Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee have been effectively erased from history in Charlottesville VA, site of the notorious 2017 incident involving the complaints of those “anti-fascists” with a hearty appetite for fascism.
This latest memory holing of history that drives the entire Cancel Culture is reminiscent of an interview with militant atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair in which she cackled that she would not permit a prayer to be recited at a civic meeting and that she would demand silence or play loud music of her own choice instead. In the manner of the true totalitarian tyrant, she was stating, “Only I in this world have rights and preferences. Yours be damned.” Forcing God out of America, she had replaced herself in His place. Ditto today’s revisionists censoring real history and substituting their own version for the consumption of future generations.
So it is with those control freaks worldwide, canceling everything in sight for whatever reasons they care to make up. How has this policy of “inclusion” (Orwellian translation: “exclusion”) ever been allowed to gain such traction in our universities, our governing bodies and general popular culture?
UPDATE 7/6/21: The latest Cancel Culture turn is some moron in Edinburgh who’s decided with his committee of dried-up crones that “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Of Mice And Men” must be removed and hidden for the “safety” (indoctrination) of impressionable young students. Brainwashing by censorship. That he isn’t immediately shown the door explains why we find ourselves approaching Soviet-style repression in America and Europe. This is totalitarianism, and should be swiftly confronted and eliminated not with equal opposite but greater force and passion. Free speech and thought are the targets of these mean little tyrants, impotent but for the power to destroy. They are the turds in life’s punchbowl, spoilers, of less than no value and criminal in their pettiness. Equally criminal is the legitimacy they have been accorded.
UPDATE 6/15/21: Now your bank is coming after you if your social profile hints at anything unWoke. A Christian Trump supporter finds her Wells Fargo account closed, all funds unavailable to her until they decide to put “the check in the mail.” This is not a new phenomenon as this 2019 article on banks canceling Conservatives confirms. Welcome to America’s Cultural Revolution, anti-capitalist subversion aided and abetted by the capitalist corporate world. No doubt those fools in Big Biz believe, like so many useful idiots before them, that the lion in the cage will eat them last.
UPDATE 6/7/21: Great Lies Department. The use of the word “inclusion” these days is almost certain to mean exclusion of what is deemed unacceptable by the Woke clergy. That includes the lethal consequences of Trump Derangement Syndrome, cancelling anything associated with Trump such as HCQ. The soul yearns for justice, a comeuppance, consequences. punishment to fit the criminal insanity of Trump Hate. They lied, people died.
UPDATE 6/13/21: Big tech corporate and social media and are trying to limit Constitutional rights for critics while continuing to thrive and profit freely from those same rights. The elimination of competition and the monopoly power thereby accrued lies at the heart of the crony capitalist’s infatuation with totalitarian Leftism in government. For some, capitalism is only desirable when one gets to own ALL the capital.
UPDATE 6/7/21: No joke. It’s free speech on the firing line, and nothing is more threatening to the control freaks than humor and mockery. The latest objection Big Media has to other media’s enjoyment of the First Amendment is the NY Times characterizing the Babylon Bee’s mocking satire as a public threat That’s the Left for you regarding The Law.
UPDATE 5/30/21: More “inclusiveness” to fight “systemic racism” comes to august Princeton U by excluding Latin & Greek from Classical Studies. More Dead Whites to dispose of. Parody once again proves irrelevant in detailing this Orwellian New Reality.
UPDATE 5/24/21: Juilliard, the most prestigious of American performing arts training conservatories and alma mater to a constellation of great artists over the past century, finds itself on suicide watch as CRT poisons this well of the arts. Among past and present sins for which it supposedly must atone: Whites have “not earned the right” to study Black history offered in the drama department. What would Marian Anderson, heroic destroyer of REAL [not fantasized] racial barriers, have to say?
UPDATE 5/24/21: A Spanish politician gets banned from Twitter for the “hate speech” of stating that men can’t get pregnant. Celebrated (notorious in some circles) Colorado Christian cake baker Jack Phillips finds himself embroiled in new litigation. Apparently he’s now THE go-to guy for anyone wishing to bring any principled person to court for their beliefs. Cancel Culture is alive and well and on the move! The only question is where and what total absurdity is next?
ANSWER! The Woke book burners, thinking only what is good for the rest of us, are now coming for William Shakespeare! Universally considered history’s greatest writer, The Bard was/is/always will be the ultimate artist, a consummate painter in words, illuminating in his plays and poems virtually every known aspect and facet of humanity. Naturally, the ubermenschen of the Left consider him problematic and overdue to be revised, censored, contextualized and basically ruined if not banished from sight. Is there anything the Left doesn’t ruin?
UPDATE 5/9/21: The staff of once-eminent publishing house Simon & Schuster petition to forbid any trace of Trump and his supporters from appearing in their pages. A courageous, principled Black Senator refuses to stay on the Leftist/Woke slave plantation and must withstand the brickbats and insults of the mob. A father removes his daughter from a toney Manhattan school and its blatantly racist brainwashing curriculum and finds himself excoriated as a racist. I offer a pre-recorded musical program celebrating prominent American Jews in entertainment that includes Al Jolson. One self-styled SJW posts an outraged objection to ‘racist king of blackface performers’ on Facebook, and the library panics and requests that all traces or mention of Jolson and his music be removed. (The program went on with Jolson and his songs intact.)
As stated in my response to the library, pertinent to my situation and that of every Cancel/Cancer Culture incident:
“I direct you, your colleagues and this fashionably self-righteous(and wholly ignorant) commenter to Orwell’s warnings about erasing history-songs, movies, books, statues, building names, memorials, whole reputations-however unpleasant it may be deemed by some.
‘Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street has been renamed, every date has been altered. And hte process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.’
My Lectures-in-Song are interesting history as I see and interpret it. Doubtless someone somewhere will take offense at something in practically every presentation I do as it’s become chic to take offense these days at anything they choose. It’s a slippery slope advocates of such censorship are on. Where does it stop?”
ORIGINAL POST 5/9/21: Not for nothing is the First Amendment of our Constitution the guarantee of free expression in speech, religion, association, the press. The erasure of these core freedoms now in progress (Cancel Culture) is a plague. No virus let loose from a Chinese lab has a more destructive effect on healthy human life than this key hallmark of all totalitarian regimes. There’s silence…or there’s resistance and speaking out. With increasing frequency, we all find ourselves facing that very thorny choice. The risks vary from personal shaming and social ostracism to loss of one’s livelihood, even loss of life. The flip side is the accommodation of sheepish millions to the prevailing narrative, smiling agreement masking naked fear. Those not acknowledging it’s a problem, THE problem, are living in a fog of terrified denial.
UPDATE 7/28/20: The signs are that Mike Adams (read his collected articles at Townhall) finally was overcome by his inner demons and took his own life with a gun. Clearly, this is no longer just American open free debate but a fight for our lives.
UPDATE 7/24/20: There are no limits of evil to which the Left won’t go to ruin anyone challenging their march toward totalitarian control. Mike Adams’ academic career was suddenly cut short last week after a snarky tweet directed at the Covid Control Freaks in public office that, like virtually anything they choose, revealed “racial overtones” deserving the professional death of “cancellation.”
And now he’s suddenly… dead. Really dead. Suicide perhaps precipitated by piled-on doxxing threats of embarrassing revelations from his personal life? Or just a heart that gave out under decades of stress. Why not? He was already a target for murder of one sort or other for having a prominently un-PC career and mindset. It’s said that a substantial majority of Americans are afraid to reveal their political stances for fear of serious reprisals that ruin careers and lives. The only bright note of hope here is that the Silenced Majority will roar in rage in November despite every attempt underway to disrupt the electoral process itself.
UPDATE 7/20/20: Seems the forbears of the Ochs/Sulzberger clan who own the NY Times were bigtime Confederates and slave owners. And all their faithful Woke readers have cancelled their subscriptions….Oh, they haven’t?!
UPDATE 7/13/20: Goya BUY-cott! Great minds….
ORIGINAL POST UPDATE 7/12/20: Historically, the hard Left relies entirely on creating alternate realities. Erase history and rewrite your own version. That includes people and the ideas that in any way stand athwart your master plans for total control of people’s lives: what they think, do, feel, experience. This all-consuming control is the cardinal trait of the Left, now running the Democrat Party. It’s a way of life so airless and lethal that it must be forced upon people. That explains the 100 million plus corpses piled up by the communists over the last century. Those Nazis so renowned for book-burning and Jewish genocide were just B-team warm-up acts for their Red Fascist brethren in Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, Venezuela.
Lately, one long-established outpost of Leftist tyranny, CANCEL CULTURE, has gone into full operation here in America. This unhappy development involves everyone from the pajama-clad SJW in his parents’ basement to the ludicrous show business celeb using social media to bully into silence or social quarantine anyone taking any politically incorrect stand or remark, however vague. Books, movies, monuments are now becoming tangible targets of this totalitarian impulse, as have people who run businesses. For that matter, anyone having a job is subject to the wrath of the Woke Mob. Say the wrong thing, and we’ll get you fired.
These ominous political developments always come about with the sanctimonious blessing of self-important elite intellectuals who, inevitably, to their shock and dismay find that cheering on the mob often backfires and comes ’round to bite them in their socially aware butts. Protesting in grand fashion when it looks like the riot might come to their own backyards, they will just as quickly return to their own Canceling. Only last week Lin-Manuel Miranda had to ‘splain himself and his reputedly racist “Hamilton.” This week, he joins the Cancel Goya mob. It’s part of the Leftist DNA, only eradicated in the most honorable, rare instances.
Those of less refinement and importance view ourselves not as “engaged” Social Justice Warriors but rather as fortunate consumers in a free marketplace, and we are gratified by the incredible choices free-wheeling capitalism offers. So, when the president of Goya Foods makes a complimentary remark about POTUS Trump’s beneficial low-tax policies for business and gets CANCELED for such blasphemy, make supportive phone calls (770-898-2727) and hie thee to the nearest grocery.
Compared to soulless celebs like Miranda, AOC and their ilk, many may think of themselves not amounting to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but buying a package of Goya frijoles does! CANCEL out the effects of these nasty totalitarians trying to drive good people out of business. Buen provecho! And Buena Suerte! to Goya.