Innocent, sweet people, or as we call them, “unscared idiots”, shouldn’t play cancel culture games. They are very likely to get very burned.
A colleague decided publicly to accuse another colleague of an ideological crime.
“The argument you make is very similar to an alt-right document that can be found at this link!” the colleague triumphantly proclaimed. “There’s even a similar typo in it!”
This is a rookie mistake for people living in a nascent totalitarian regime. The self-righteous colleague has now effectively handed the commissars some really good compromising material against himself. He has signed his name – completely willingly, publicly, and on record – to the following:
A. He reads alt-right documents.
B. He’s very familiar with alt-right documents to the point where he can spot similarities between them and other texts.
C. He distributed a link to an alt-right document to the university community, engaging in racist propaganda and directly harming vulnerable populations. It is absolutely identical to him personally authoring and distributing anything that appears at that link.
The intent is of absolutely no consequence. This is an act of terror aimed at vulnerable people in the workplace.
People have no idea what they are getting themselves into.