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Purges

The calling out culture spreads around the planet like rot. Somebody in a very homophobic third-world country writes on their Facebook page something like, “Hey, folks, I’m done with all these dumb homophobic comments I keep seeing. What are we, savages or something, to believe this dumb crap? From now on, I will be unfriending anybody who posts anti-gay crap, and if you want to call me a homo because of that, I will gladly be a homo.”

Immediately, a bunch of self-righteous fools appears and begins the calling-out game we all know so well. “You are forgetting intersectionality! Your use of the word savages demonstrates that you are a racist! And your use of the word homo demonstrates that you are a homophobe! People like you are the problem! Stay away from our anti-gay movement! We don’t need a bigot like you!”

This is a country that has concentration camps for gay people and where murders of gays are at an all-time high. 

And I see this kind of shit everywhere where people try to say anything at all progressive. Immediately, a crowd of officious do-gooders appears and begins to bully and censor, making it seem that unless you can get the currently correct verbiage exactly right, you should not even approach the subject. I’m not likely to see FB pages or discussion groups of people who espouse right-wing views, so I have no idea if the purging is as intense. What I am noticing is that the Leftist movements everywhere get the bullying part down a lot faster than they manage to achieve anything else. 

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2 thoughts on “Purges

  1. We live in a lazy world in which people pretend words are action. Criticism doesn’t take much effort, mental or physical.

    I don’t think “purge” fits. No one ever accused Stalin of simply throwing words around. What he did were purges. This, not so much.

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  2. No, us right wingers are much more tolerant of dissent and political differences than the left.

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