Ed Driscoll

Oh, That Liberal Fascism

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Cannon began by asking Powers how she is treated by her Fox colleagues. He recalled that New York Times’ conservative columnist David Brooks was not well-received when he first started writing for the Times and asked if Powers had encountered a similar experience.

“People are really nice at Fox,” Powers revealed. “It’s been good for because I – before that, I lived in a real liberal bubble.”

“All my friends were liberals and I grew up in a really liberal family,” she continued. “I had a lot of ideas about conservatives and then I got to Fox and just, I was like, ‘Oh, they’re not all evil and stupid.’”

—Noah Rothman’s description of the February 2014 video in which Real Clear Politics took Kirsten Powers, a liberal contributor at Fox News for a drive and recorded the interview.

Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

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Got that? A college educator with the right opinions can attack a high school student and keep her job. A corporate executive with the wrong opinions loses his for making a campaign donation. Something is very wrong here.

As the mob gleefully destroys people’s lives, its members haven’t stopped to ask themselves a basic question: What happens when they come for me? If history is any guide, that’s how these things usually end.

“Kirsten Powers: Liberals’ Dark Ages: “Each week seems to bring another incident. Who will the thought police come for next?”, in the latest edition of USA Today.

As conservative video producer Ladd Ehlinger Jr. put it when the previously unknown Justine Sacco was torn apart on Twitter a few days before Christmas over a botched Sarah Silverman-esque joke, “Just because you’re in the mob one day, don’t think it protects you from the mob the next day.”

If only somebody had published a book at the beginning of 2008 that gave us a look into the worldview of the American left and a sneak preview of our current media and academic culture.

Update: So who will the thought police come for next? James Delingpole of Breitbart London has the answer: “Climate Science Defector Forced to Resign by Alarmist ‘Fatwa.'”