2013 December 21 Saturday
Camille Paglia Attacks PC Liberals Over Duck Dynasty
She calls the impulse to silence the duck folks ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’.
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”
Paglia is right that we are in culturally boring and uncreative period. I think PC shares some of the blame for this.
The Left has gotten very secular religious, Puritan in a really secular way. They can't be trusted to let people speak their minds.
What we need: many national media outlets that are truly independent of each other. Having a few New York City media conglomerates controlling the vast bulk of the cable TV channels is a recipe for carefully policed and enforced group think within a narrow range of permissible views. It seems that technology has not done much to increase the size of the Overton window.
Will internet TV cost the big media companies their narrow control over the range of acceptable views and topics for debate?
By Randall Parker at 2013 December 21 09:26 PM
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said.
The gay activists are the nazi brownshirts of today.
The brownshirts of whatever day and time are just those humans who psychologically ally themselves with a dominant elite political tribe. They are willing to do whatever the elite want. Murder, gassing, lynching, whatever.
The fakeLeftism favored by the elite today is a handy substitute for true leftism--populist economics-oriented leftism. Populist, economics-oriented Leftism is the enemy of the elite. So the elite evolved a new Leftism harmless to themselves and their wallets--pluralism Leftism. Gays and nonwhites represent the paragons of virtue in Fakeleftism. Conveniently, that helps the elite import more cheap 3rd world labor/consumer-livestock.
Anyway, these gay activists are just the tools of the elite. The times and goals of the elite change from decade to decade, era to era, nation to nation. But whatever and wherever, there are always brownshirt footsoldiers of the elite willing to do whatever the elite want.
Ultimately isn't the internet as controllable as broadcast media? Doesn't your site need to be hosted somewhere? Even if you run your own server, you need to send it out on wires, and someone controls those. Ultimately of course you need money to live and if you can't get a sponsor and donors will lose their jobs it's pretty much game over. So eventually I expect the control to be pretty much complete.
Even greater enforcement of Disparate Impact doctrine and Robin Hood taxes are both threats to the elites as the right fades as an electoral force. I expect companies will move abroad and outsource more for specific services as a result.
I think the biggest problem alternative viewpoints have on the internet is the difficulty of getting advertising. I do not think control of the wires is going to be used much to shut down non-orthodox viewpoints, at least not in America for the next decade or two. Eventually we might get such a leftist Supreme Court that we will lose much more speech rights. But today the bigger problem is revenue to fund non-orthodox media sources.
Cable TV is a lost cause. C-SPAN delivers a slightly wider range of viewpoints. But the vast majority of channels stay within a pretty strict orthodoxy.
Not really "utterly fascist or Stalinist," but maybe fascist or Stalinist light. Hitler or Stalin would have just had them shot. Problem solved.