‘Joe McCarthy was a B-movie monster. Today’s cancel culture is more like a zombie apocalypse.’
Lance Morrow of the Ethics & Public Policy Center, writing “Dawn of the Woke” in the Wall Street Journal:
What’s happening on the American Left — with surreal rapidity, like the fall of France in 1940 — is sinister. Wokeness and the cancel culture represent not idealism but virtue gone clinically insane. Look up the word hysteria: “a psychological disorder whose symptoms include . . . shallow, volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior.” …
The woke are especially obsessed with two areas — sex and race. In their dream, nature’s basic working arrangement — sex, male and female, the business of procreation that ensures the survival of the species — dissolves in a frolicsome alphabet soup of identities; human meaning works itself out not in the mind, not in thought or art, but in the territory that lies south of the navel, in restless genital experiments. Men become women on their own say-so, and may bear children, if they choose: Death to the one who denies it! Even pronouns have become narcissistically discretionary.
As for race: In the eyes of the woke — and in most media accounts—this summer’s eruptions (protests, demonstrations, riots, precinct-house occupations, and the “summer of love” in Seattle’s “occupied protest”) have been “overwhelmingly peaceful.” It’s not really true, but the woke are addicted to the meme of their own harmlessness, and so they will it into truth.
Destruction, in fact, has been extensive — and inexcusable. Those hardest hit have been residents and shopkeepers in black and other minority neighborhoods that are left in the wreckage after those who did the damage — among them many white anarchists and Antifa people — have gone back to their parents’ basements.
Source: Dawn of the Woke – WSJ