The Left’s Push to Silence Opposing Views (Part 2)
Part II: How Left Wing Progressives Try to Shut Down Opposition Views
Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson describe how the Left “exploits fake outrage to silence opponents on social media, at work and at their own homes. They chronicle numerous examples of the Left’s delegitimizing contrary views and opponents as “racist, sexist, and evil.” Speech that counters their comfort and political correctness is punished. The Left demands boycotts, regulations, harassment and economic punishment to those who dare disagree with liberal wisdom. And “they seek to win the debates by preventing them from happening.” Operatives, well financed groups and public relations firms, “universities and thought leaders ferment outrage” against their critics in person, in schools, and in the communications industry.
The authors cite two compelling quotes that describe the seriousness of the contemporary, and in fact long range situation and circumstance of the “outrage” and censorship movement of the intolerant of intellectual and political diversity Leftists and so-called “Progressives.”
William F. Buckley, Jr.: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
C.S. Lewis: “We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about (their) own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.”
The cure according to Ham and Benson: traditional values people and others who dissent from the totalitarian Left, must find their voices, unite, oppose self-censorship, apologies and demonization, and offer counter arguments, policies and procedures to confront the intolerant, totalitarian Leftist extremists.