Our mainstream culture is so saturated with wakefulness and social justice that it is much more normalized than it ever should have been. Part of the ramifications of this hypersensitive and constantly outraged trend is “cancel culture,” the idea that anyone who doesn’t follow approved social guidelines should have their lives destroyed.
It’s not always necessary, but even one person destroyed is too much, and there are far too many instances where the culture of cancellation wins the day.
We can easily describe our current culture as authoritarian, even despotic. Everyone from individuals to large corporations is afraid to step out of line for fear of the wrath of the awake crowd, the media and the politicians who are permanently outraged. If you were an alien observing America from afar, you’d guess that the far-left is the most powerful force in the country, having succeeded in normalizing anti-science, violence, racism, sexism, and irrationality, then normalizing it. much to make of it. obedient to it.
While this has affected many, it has done a great deal to Gen Zeennials, the generation currently moving into adulthood. This generation is so imbued with this alert mentality that many fail to see the hypocrisy or evil in it. In fact, they too are becoming zealous in its enforcement. While this may be a trend among young people, it is a story as old as time.
Using children to promote extremist politics has been a strategy of despots and tyrants for centuries. We can now see this happening in America thanks to a concerned parent writing to an advice column on Slate.
The mother discovered an Excel spreadsheet on her 14-year-old son’s laptop that depicted his classmates. Next to their names were bits of data under dates. This data was descriptions of non-wake behavior and the times they did it:
My son “Jack”, 14 years old, has kept a spreadsheet that tracks all of his classmate’s problematic acts. Jack has always struggled to adapt, but he is a compassionate and intelligent boy. We don’t allow our kids to have their own computers to avoid the risk of being radicalized by alt-right websites, so our kids share a laptop that we monitor and control what they can access. We found an Excel spreadsheet in Jack’s folder with the names of all his classmates, as well as dates and descriptions of their problematic behavior. Some of the descriptions I saw are “has a mom who is a cop”, “no pronouns in insta bio”, “laughed at a big joke”, “lists problematic show as one of their favorites”, “imitated a foreign accent,’ and ‘cis-normative language used’.
“Jack” denies to his clearly left-wing parents that the list is actually his and to her credit, the advice given is to recommend that he remove the list to see if he is lying to them and advised that he seek therapy. so a professional can help discourage him from making these kinds of lists.
Interestingly, Jack’s parents kept a close eye on his online activities to prevent him from radicalizing to the right, but instead had a son who radicalized to the left. They obviously weren’t looking for that kind of behavior, but the truth is that radicalization to the far left is much more likely in today’s society as it is accepted by mainstream society.
But perhaps more interesting is the fact that Jack kept a list. One has to wonder what he intended to do with it.
In all likelihood, he probably intended to use it as leverage for his classmates at some point in the future. Jack, now radicalized to the left, probably felt it his duty to do so. Moreover, he probably understands that power in society rests with the current king of the regular mountain; ideology of social justice. For his naive teenage brain, power equals. The ability to cancel someone is power and he was only too happy to act as an observer to record and report unawakened behavior, mainstream society frowns. He has been made a true believer and he wants to enforce his faith… just as waking society has taught him.
Journalist Ian Miles Cheong, who first brought this story to the public’s attention, noted that this kind of behavior provided by author George Orwell who wrote about the despotic dystopia of 1984. In that book, children became spies for the political body, and it was so bad that even parents became afraid of their own children:
“Almost all children these days were terrible. Worst of all, they were systematically turned into ungovernable petty savages through organizations like the spies, and yet this instilled in them no inclination to rebel against party discipline. On the contrary, they worshiped the Party and everything related to it. All their cruelty was directed outwardly, against the enemies of the state, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, criminals. It was almost normal for thirty-somethings to be afraid of their own children.”
Orwell had seen the result of authoritarianism, and after being a propagandist himself for a while, had seen its effect on those around him. He witnessed how the Soviets and Nazis brainwashed their people, including their children.
Although Jack didn’t report his findings to any government agency, he recorded his fellow student’s behavior for what he saw as an authority, even if it was vague.
If you want proof that what the radical left is driving us to is an Orwellian future of despotism, tyranny and mistrust, here’s your canary in the coal mine.