Thomas Edsall has an interesting new column up this morning.
“There has been a remarkable erosion in public tolerance of “offensive expression about race, gender and religion,” according to Dennis Chong and Morris Levy, political scientists at the University of Southern California, and Jack Citrin, a political scientist at Berkeley.
“Tolerance has declined overall,” they add, particularly “for a category of speech that is considered unworthy of First Amendment protection because it violates the goal of equality.”
The three authors cite the 2018 promulgation of new guidelines by the American Civil Liberties Union — which was formerly unequivocal in its defense of free speech — as a reflection of the changing views within a large segment of the liberal community. Under the 2018 guidelines, the A.C.L.U. would now consider several factors that might warrant a refusal to take on certain cases …
In an email, Chong wrote that “the tolerance of white liberals has declined significantly since 1980, and tolerance levels are lowest among the youngest age cohorts.” If, he continued, “we add education to the mix, we find that the most pronounced declines over time have occurred among white, college educated liberals, with the youngest age cohorts again having the lowest tolerance levels.” …”
This is hardly news to us.
This is essentially what we discovered in Charlottesville.
At the time, I explicitly said on this website that the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was about two things. It was about our support for the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments. It was equally about Jason Kessler’s civil liberties which had been trampled on over the summer. Those were the issues which brought everyone to Charlottesville. It was the latter issue which caused Kessler to organize a second rally there in August 2017 after the previous torch march in May 2017.
It is not like hundreds of people just showed up that day on a whim in Charlottesville. Jason Kessler was represented by the ACLU of Virginia and won the right to hold the Unite the Right rally in federal court. The groups that attended the rally all cooperated with the police beforehand to ensure a safe and orderly event which was standard practice before and after Charlottesville. Antifa showed up to disrupt our event which was their standard practice due to their “no platform” ideology. Thus, the outcome of the Unite the Right rally hinged on the willingness of the police to separate both sides and maintain order.
In Charlottesville, however, this “remarkable erosion in public tolerance of offensive expression about race, gender and religion” was evident before the Unite the Right rally. It was evident in the fact that a federal court order was required to exercise our First Amendment rights in Charlottesville. It was evident in the disruption of Charlottesville City Council meetings that summer. It was evident in the fact that so many people showed up that day and surrounded Lee Park who were armed with all kinds of weapons which they used to violently assault us as we made our way into the park to attend our rally. It was evident in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “State of Emergency” was ready to go and was issued before the Unite the Right rally even started. It was evident in the fact that Antifa were allowed to parade through Charlottesville for hours after the event was dispersed during this “State of Emergency.” It was evident in the SLAPP civil lawsuits, the censorship and the selective prosecutions that followed the Unite the Right rally.
The upshot of all of this is the belief that is so dearly held among the young, college educated White liberals that Edsall describes in this column (and who David Shor deplores for ruining the Democratic Party) in Charlottesville and Portland and other leftwing hothouses around the country that 1.) the First Amendment DOES NOT apply to all American citizens and 2.) that they have the right and the prerogative to engage in violence to suppress speech which they deem to be “harm.” Furthermore, it is not “authoritarianism” when they engage in violence against other citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights. Instead, “silence is violence,” but actual real violence is not really violence. The law DOES NOT protect people from violence by righteous “antiracist” fanatics. It is only an instrument which should be selectively wielded to repress the “hatemongers” on the Right.
Glenn Greenwald is a Jewish liberal homosexual. There are lots of people who dislike Greenwald, but he accurately explains here the trajectory of progressive ideology. Whether it is ideologically motivated censorship by the government and corporations, support for the “intelligence community,” a willingness to engage in violence to suppress the constitutional rights of others or the vaccine mandates, it is really the Left which has taken a hard authoritarian turn. It isn’t “liberal” in any sense of the word.
Supposedly, I am the “fascist,” but I don’t support censorship. I don’t support the “intelligence community” spying on people or subverting the president. I don’t really care what other people think. I don’t go to their events, mask up and engage in violence to shutdown their speech. I haven’t banned any books from Amazon. I’m not the one hounding tens of thousands of people out of their jobs because they don’t want to take a vaccine. I’m not going after their guns. I’m not the one trying to make meat a luxury only the rich can afford. I’m not trying to control the weather of the planet. Actually, I don’t have much of a problem with the Bill of Rights, but I am the “authoritarian” in the eyes of the people who want to get rid of it!
Note: BTW, the most powerful argument against White identity politics is that we should have racial solidarity with these people who define their own identities in opposition to us. These are the people who truly divide this country. Non-Whites are nothing but supporting cast members.