I don’t want to suggest I have the market cornered or anything. But I do seem to come across a pretty fair amount of demented shit. In fact, I come across enough demented shit that I’ve found the need to categorize it by degrees of dementedness. Those categories are:
- Demented shit
- Really demented shit
- WTF, Batman?
In category #3, we can safely put a recent article from City Journal entitled, “The Miseducation of America’s Elites”. How’s this grab ya?
Nothing happens at a top prep school that is not a mirror of what happens at an elite college. What does it say about the current state of that meritocracy, then, that it wants kids fluent in critical race theory and “white fragility,” even if such knowledge comes at the expense of Shakespeare? “The colleges want children—customers—that are going to be pre-aligned to certain ideologies that originally came out of those colleges,” says a STEM teacher at one of New York’s prestigious prep schools. “I call it woke-weaning. And that’s the product schools like mine are offering.”
It’s 2021. We don’t need critical thinking, conceptual curiosity, and intellectual integrity anymore. We need ideological conformity and cognitive homogeneity. And we need it right now, damn it.
Hold on Thar, Baba Louie!
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hasty. I seem to be reminded more and more frequently of late that there is no Cancel Culture. People can be blocked, shamed, banned, fired, and persecuted. They can have their lives and their livelihoods threatened and ruined. They can have their children belittled and bullied. None of that is Cancel Culture, of course. It’s just good old American, First-Amendment-protected free speech. And it’s all done and ruthlessly enforced in the name of … you can do it … come on … please, this is no time to be bashful or coy … BINGO! Diversity. Here’s how it works, and the rules couldn’t be simpler:
If you agree with them, you’re diverse. If not, you’re cancelled, at least for now. But be absolutely certain of this: The repercussions for refusing to conform to the orthodoxy will get worse than cancellation, progressively worse (pun fully intended).
Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. (George Orwell)
But on the bright side, if someone says, writes, or even thinks something you don’t like, you no longer have to say, “I don’t like you,” or “I don’t like your opinion,” or “I don’t like your face,” or “I disagree with your perspective.” All you have to say now is, “I don’t like your diversity,” and the party’s over.
Fun with Language
There will be a day in the not-to-distant future (if God has any mercy, I’ll be dead before it happens) at which infantilism will appear in the thesaurus as a synonym for diversity. The truthfulness of that — and of the fact that the progressive agenda is a circular firing squad — can be demonstrated with a simple, socio/psychological experiment:
Walk into any nursery. You’ll no doubt observe that the infants who cry the most and the loudest get the most attention. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. As those children grow into adolescence and adulthood, they bring with them the conviction that they remain as entitled to that attention as they were as babies. When they discover the world may not be predisposed to catering to their every whine and whim, they become bullies. The progressives, then, create, trumpet, and beat us over the head with anti-bullying campaigns. And if we speak out against them or point out the progressives’ self-defeating absurdity, we’re cancelled. It just doesn’t get any more tidy than that, does it? It’s a beautiful thing.
Once more from “The Miseducation of America’s Elites”:
These schools are the privilege of the privilege of the privilege. They say nonstop that they are all about inclusion. But they are by definition exclusive … Power in America now comes from speaking woke, a highly complex and ever-evolving language … “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
At this point, the only thing go do is have a singalong. Just don’t call any of this Cancel Culture.
If you do, you’ll be cancelled.