Now, Children, Let’s Not Get Out of Hand

Cancel culture was all fine and good until left-wing academia began to feel the heat.

Sorry, Chomsky et al. Your little monsters were always going to eat you. You’d have known that if you hadn’t romanticized your view of Mao and the Cultural Revolution.


raven said...

Sow the wind, fools.

ymarsakar said...

The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy.

I am supposed to take this seriously...?

ymarsakar said...

Institutions are listed for identification purposes only.

Actually, they helpfully listed it so I could see them and made sure they all Burned.

So Burn. It's about time for the cleansing.

E Hines said...

I'm not sure what the letter writers are whining about. They're getting exactly what they've been fighting for.
'Course their projection of their own illiberalism onto Conservatives gives an idea of how oblivious these letter writers and the Left, generally, are.

Eric Hines

Gringo said...

Sorry, Chomsky et al. Your little monsters were always going to eat you. You’d have known that if you hadn’t romanticized your view of Mao and the Cultural Revolution.

Scorn for Chomsky, indeed. But not all on the list are as bad as he. Cathy Young, for example. Jonathan Haidt, though a liberal and I believe mistaken in his differentiating liberals and conservatives regarding moral values, is one of the few liberals listening to conservatives. ( A disagreement I have with him: Haidt posits that the Sacred is important for conservatives, but not for liberals. Liberals just have different views than conservatives about what is sacred. Liberals view Mother Earth as sacred, I believe.)

Thomas Chatterton Williams is on the list. I recommend his Losing My Cool. I haven't read it, but he is also the author of Self Portrait in Black and White. Not exactly a BLM type.

That being said, I am going to give my 2 cents' worth on one on the list: Federico Finchelstein at The New School. He is the author of The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War: Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in Twentieth Century Argentina. His main point is that the Generals had a very strong tinge of Fascism to them. I have no problem with that. From my conversations with Argentines during the Dirty War era, I came to the conclusion that the Generals had a significant anti-Semitic streak- probably more than most Argentines. So, Fascist doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
Where I disagree with the author is his Manichean depiction of military villains versus civilian victims.

From the book:
From a historical perspective, the Dirty War did not feature two combatants but rather victims and perpetrators.In fact, the state made “war” against its citizens.

I will grant that the state killed many- thousands- of innocent victims. An Argentine told me that the military would take the address book from a captured militant and kill every one whose address was there. Nonetheless, the Montoneros/ERP killed and kidnapped many, and gained millions of dollars from kidnappings and bank robberies. The military wasn't fighting a ghost.

Finchelstein mentions the military torturing Jacobo Timerman, the journalist and publisher, for inquiring about desaparacidos,, the disappeared. Finchelstein doesn't bring up Timerman's support for the military coup in 1976. Timerman did not want the military to kill or torture innocent victims, but to kill or bring to justice guerrilla combatants. Guerrilla combatants were quite real for Timerman- a victim of military torture- but not real for Professor Finchelstein.

ymarsakar said...

Latin America, specifically Argentina for some reason, became the safe haven for a lot of Nazi/SS that escaped the hunters. There's even stories of Mengele breeding twins over in Latin AMerica.

This racial disparity and conflict fear/loosch farm, makes perfect sense for that region.

It's not due to Pinochet or generals. It's because the entire area is contaminated.

Grim said...

I appreciate your remarks, Gringo. Some may deserve it less, some more. But they all had a part in letting it happen.

ymarsakar said...

humanity is broken.

Will they lift themselves up by their boot straps or call for help?

Can they drain the swamp by relying on a single man, Donald J?

Can they sit around with their ridiculous butter mouth popcorn munching watching fake news, and be part of the Salvation of the Christ?

Let's Watch and See. Greatest show of the Multiverse is here. The Divine Might descends quickly.

David Foster said...

If they had written this letter 2 or 3 years ago, it might have made a difference. But now, the 'cancel culture' incubated on campus has moved out into the larger society, and its further propagation is in the hands of popular-culture figures...celebrities, Hollywood types, athletes...who don't know who all these people are and don't care what they thin or say

The virus has escaped the lab.

ymarsakar said...

The writers canceled their signatures. Hehe

Xxxx y has escaped the lab