My children’s book Johnny the Walrus was taken off of @Target’s website but they won’t tell us why or explain the decision. They say it’s “under review” but refuse to share review guidelines. Lack of transparency makes it look like they’re just searching for a reason to ban it.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 14, 2021
I’m fairly confident that no one else in our circles watches, studies and follows these people as much as I do. Last night, I listened to the latest episode of The Bulwark in which Charlie Sykes interviewed Damon Linker about whether “journalists” can save American democracy. This is one of my own hobbies and I have been doing it for years because I am intrigued by these people.
“Listening to the right describe American reality today is a little like overhearing a mid-level military commander preparing a battalion for an upcoming fight to the death with a ruthless enemy: The stakes are enormous. The other side is incredibly powerful. They seek nothing less than to destroy us, and they’ll succeed if we don’t destroy them first. Our own self-preservation requires nothing short of total victory — by any means possible.
This venom spews forth from our car radios, primetime cable news broadcasts, partisan websites, and the mouths of elected officials, setting a tawdry, unedifying tone for our public life. We’ve grown so accustomed to the hyperbole that it barely makes an impression.
Yet, as Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell have frequently suggested on their consistently excellent podcast about the American right, “Know Your Enemy,” we need to pay attention to such talk and learn to interrogate it. More specifically, we need to confront it with a crucially important question:
What exactly is the American right giving itself permission to do? …”
Damon Linker thinks we are inflating the threat of the progressive Left.
Has Damon Linker ever been stalked and violently assaulted by these people for expressing a political opinion? My wife was once attacked by them when she was a teenager at a picnic in a public park in St. Louis. No one on the Right can host public events these days without inviting this sort of serial harassment. The Far Left believes in using violence to crush the First Amendment and pluralism.
Has Damon Linker ever been censored, deplatformed and blacklisted by Big Tech? I’ve been banned from countless platforms: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube/Google, Stripe, Square, PayPal, etc. Everyone from the president of the United States down to millions of his supporters has had to deal with this problem. The Far Left is an ardent believer in censorship and wielding power to crush pluralism.
Has Damon Linker ever been labeled a “domestic extremist” by the government and investigated by the FBI on the basis of his political views? Once again, it is the progressive Left which has weaponized the FBI and the “intelligence community” which it has used as tools to treat its political opponents as national security threats. They’ve also weaponized Congress which they have turned into an ongoing witch hunt and 24/7 cable news show trial of everyone who was associated with the former president.
Has Damon Linker ever had any of his books banned by Amazon? This has happened to lots of people who I know. Monopoly power is routinely used to crush pluralism for progressive activists.
Has Damon Linker ever experienced the ordeal of trying to book a hotel conference room? I seriously doubt it. No one on the entire Right including the Far Right which has long championed free speech goes out of its way to shut down events held by establishment liberals.
Has Damon Linker ever lived in a country where he is demonized by the political and cultural establishment for being Jewish? This is what it is like to be a non-Jewish cishet White male in this country these days. Whitey is to blame for all the world’s problems. We live under “white supremacy.” Racial animosity against Whites oozes out of every institution and especially Hollywood and academia.
Has Damon Linker ever self censored or thought twice about expressing his political or cultural opinions? Establishment liberals and progressive activists feel free to speak their minds in this country, but 2/3rds of the country does not under the yoke of Wokeism due to the hostility to tolerance and pluralism that liberals talk so much about and which they do not themselves practice.
Has Damon Linker ever experienced what it is like to attend a free speech rally in a progressive city and have the police stand down and watch you be attacked by BLM and Antifa? Does he know anyone who has been prosecuted by a progressive prosecutor who ignores crimes committed by violent leftists? Does he know any cities where he is treated differently under the law based on race, sex and ideology? I doubt it.
Does Damon Linker know what it is like to have your professional career ruined by one wrong comment? Does he know what it is like to be put on a list by multimillion dollar institutions like the ADL and SPLC who go out of their way to get people fired from both professional and working class jobs?
Has Damon Linker ever been kicked out of a restaurant for his political opinions? It happened to Trump’s White House Press Secretary. Has Damon Linker ever been hounded off campus by a mob? It recently happened to Kyle Rittenhouse.
Has Damon Linker ever been ritually shamed and denounced by one of his relatives on national television for his political opinions? This happens all the time on MSNBC to people like Rep. Paul Gosar.
Has the FBI ever encouraged any of Damon Linker’s relatives to report him for signs of “domestic extremism”? No, this Statsi like behavior isn’t something that establishment liberals have to put up with.
Has Damon Linker ever been sued and financially ruined in federal court by a New York law firm linked to Hillary Clinton for asserting his basic First Amendment rights? Has Damon Linker ever struggled to even find legal representation or to raise money for his defense? No, he has never been in this situation.
Has Damon Linker ever been purged from the military or law enforcement over his political views? No, this has never happened to him.
Has Damon Linker ever lost his job over the vaccine mandates? No, but that has happened to lots of people who feel strongly about the issue.
Has Damon Linker ever seen monuments of his ancestors toppled and melted down as an insult? Once again, this has never happened to him in this country.
I don’t think he gets it.
He doesn’t see how badly his own side is behaving in their host country.
Damon Linker is worried about the “fascism” and “authoritarianism” of ordinary people whose options are limited to attending free speech rallies, voting for lib owning Republican politicians like Trump and griping about their resentments under anonymous pseudonyms on the internet. None of these people are actually wielding power and authority like the people who I described above.
If you are an establishment liberal like Damon Linker or David Brooks, you are far removed from what I have described. It doesn’t happen to people like you. You are worried about the rising tide of “authoritarianism” of people who are pissed off by all this and who aren’t wielding power.
So, the answer to this question: What exactly is the American right giving itself permission to do? The answer is putting an end to this and the class of people who are doing it. That’s the mandate. To eliminate this threat by any means necessary.
I will return to what I said in my response to David Brooks. Imagine there was a serial arsonist in your town. The arsonist goes around starting innumerable small fires which converge and eventually send the whole town up in a blaze and all the people in town are currently alarmed and running around and trying to put out the fire. In such a situation, it becomes imperative to put out the fire and arrest the arsonist to stop him from causing any more damage and punish him for the damage to society he has caused. It is not a time for pipe smoking and armchair speculation. You have to stop this sociopath.
Note: In light of all the above, only a fool would still believe in the liberal norms. The other side crossed that line a long time ago.