Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff recently released an excellent book called “The Coddling of the American Mind”, which is a challenge against the culture of safetyism that has sprung up in America over the last few decades.
I’m a big fan of Haidt and this book is a great read, although it does not go into the same depth as his previous works. Most of the anecdotes in the book have probably been discussed on this site or the old boards. College campuses have transformed from a place of open ideas to closed mindedness. They track the rise of this culture to the graduation of the last classes of millennials (around 2013) and the first full classes of iGen (Gen Z, starting around 1995). This generation has grown up with cell phones in their pockets which give them access to social media 24x7.
iGen is characterized by lower rates of drinking, drug abuse, abstaining from sex, but also by higher rates of anxiety, depression, self harm and suicide. 18 year olds are going off to college with the mental maturity of approximately a 15 year old from even a decade ago. Haidt and Lukianoff argue why this is bad for society, but it’s very early on and the data will take years to fully reveal itself.
Here’s the problem with PC culture. Liberals are infighting about how many genders exist and whether or not discussing an issue will lead to emotional trauma for someone and should therefore be avoided. At the same time, the biggest group of collective whiners in the history of the world are organizing on the right. The absolute inability for a new idea to penetrate the thin layer of cotton/polyester that has been dyed red is astounding. In one week we’ve seen three violent attacks by this brigade. The first was a racially motivated shooting at a Kroger. The second was the largest political assassination attempt in US history. The third was the largest anti-semitic attack in US history. While the first could be attributed to general forces that have always existed, the latter two are directly sourced back to rhetoric coming from soulless GOP politicians.
The problem with liberal PC culture is that it has made it impossible to call out these ■■■■■■■■■ The GOP has eroded the Constitutional Republic to an extent I didn’t think possible two years ago, and we’re cannibalizing our own for using the wrong pronouns. This isn’t a time to be polite. Trump has guaranteed that his supporters will not listen, nor will they respect norms. They need to be called out for what they are. Deplorable was not an accurate description for these cretins, as it did not go far enough. We’re witnessing the coalescing of every terrible right wing faction that has lurked in the shadows for years, and they’re the ones with the guns.
The first step is a sound ass whipping at the ballot box next week. Step two is murky. The issue is the guaranteed violence that the red hats will carry out between now and the time that we can actually return this country to a normal footing.
Stop being PC and call out these ■■■■■■■■