May 1, 2019

JAMES LILEKS: Minneapolis Star Tribune publishes op-ed that argues that not changing the names of buildings away from those who committed doubleplus ungood crimethink in the past is Orwellian. “So: If you decline to rewrite the past to fit the ideas of the present, that’s Orwellian. Also, you’re a Nazi.”

There is no end point that will satisfy the person who is more concerned than the author. The author may believe he represents the point of rational, balanced, necessary concern, but people who come later — say, tomorrow, or the day after — will regard him with pity for not realizing how much more work had to be done. Must be done.

Read the whole thing, which also has some thoughts from James on the “cancel culture” left’s efforts to memory hole lefty cartoonist R. Crumb.

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