Identity Politics is a Revenge-Driven Tragedy That Will Make the Whole World Blind
Apr 9, 2019
“But I’m innocent!” cried the man. “I’m not a hater! I’m not a bigot. I haven’t hurt anyone!”
“Not true,” said the official. “You’re classified as harmful.”
He looked at his clipboard. “Yes, it says it right here. All the boxes are checked. The worst of the worst. Heterosexual. White. Christian. American. Conservative. Male. — Scum.”
He motioned toward a door. “Go on now. You’ve been parsed and defined. That’s the door for you. Leave your clothes on the table. You won’t need them.”
The guard ignored the slam of the door and the acrid smell of the room beyond. Bored, he glanced at the line in front of him.
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Some might respond to this scenario and say, “So? It’s all true. The racist, fascist, misogynist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, hateful bigot was guilty as charged. Irredeemably. No loss at all. Next!”
Some might respond and say, “Well, we don’t have to kill them. Reeducation camps are a better option. Besides, slave labor will help the economy.”
Some might respond and say, “No, camps aren’t necessary for most of them. Just lower their social credit scores to zero and take away all of their power and position. Let them live as common laborers with no social privileges at all. We just have to stop them from influencing society ever again.”
Every one of these responses is realistic and could happen in America and the West much sooner than anyone might expect.
If you think they can’t happen, read the histories of totalitarian countries and empires, including countries today that are punishing citizens in a very similar manner. Current examples include North Korea, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the tiny country of Brunei which recently called for the stoning to death of gays.
If you think it can’t happen in America and the West, consider the reality that countries are simply made up of people. When enough people relinquish the principles of freedom, or when a country is dominated by totalitarian forces, freedom dies. Sometimes freedom is eliminated slowly, attacked by what I call creeping totalitarianism.
In 2016, actor Will Smith suggested that the views of Trump supporters should be “cleansed” from America, as reported by FoxNews in the segment: “Will Smith: ‘Cleanse’ America of Trump supporters.”
Bit by bit, starting with restrictions on free speech, totalitarianism is eating away at Western freedoms. A 2017 Breitbart.com article titled “British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for ‘Offensive’ Online Comments in One Year” stated:
The UK policy on offensive speech is especially disturbing because it is one-sided. As the Breitbart article reports, the police ignored offensive speech that was anti-Semitic or anti-white.
You might be thinking, “I’m not a straight, white, conservative, Christian, American male, so what do I care?”
This is why you should care: No one is safe under totalitarianism.
The Blind Leading the Blind (De parabel der blinden)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, completed in 1568
86 cm × 154 cm (34 in × 61 in)
Distemper on linen canvas
Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
from Wikimedia Commons
Peter Falkenberg Brown has been a Republican for many years. He was raised in Portland, Maine on the West End. His seventh great grandfather William Browne arrived in Boston (from Scotland) in the 1650s, and his third great grandfather Jonathan Brown was born in Hallowell, Maine in 1776.