In our topsy-turvy world fascism is now a badge of the left.
We hear the word “fascism” a lot nowadays. It’s often used incorrectly and in a reactionary manner. Bellow I will use it in a way you might not expect but I think fits.
In 1932, Mussolini wrote an entry on the definition of fascism for the Italian Encyclopedia: “The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State.”
So while we might be tempted to call what these universities are doing fascism that term doesn’t fit. Of course it is easily argued that this kind of behavior makes it easy for fascism to step in. Certainly such a willingness to subvert the rights of the individual to the group is a behavior the state would desire if that state were seeking to become the end-all-be-all in people’s lives. But is isn’t, in and of itself, fascism.
But there are other definitions, more modern than the original.
an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
They would certainly argue against the “right-wing” aspect to be sure. If we use the word “government” to mean an organization that fits though but certainly they are a social organization. They are authoritarian and intolerant in view and clearly in practice.
“Members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.”
Oddly enough, that fits. They are indeed trying to oppose political reform or at least social reform.
Could it be that the left has moved so far left that they’ve wrapped around again and ended up on the right?
The movement of political correctness that has infected universities is now being enforced with violence and punishment. It represents the very worst kind of control that exists, that of the mind. They don’t just want to force people to behave a certain way, don’t speed, pay your taxes, wear your seat belt, they want to control your mind, what you think which begins by controlling what you can say and what you cannot say.
Now universities have created what is being termed, “Bias Response Teams” which have the job of investigating reports of mean words, unsafe spaces, and other unclean thoughts. In other words a modern-day Salem witch hunt.
The author of the below article says “Over the past year, I surveyed more than 230 such reporting systems for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and asked dozens of schools for records about their Bias Response Teams. What I found is detailed in a new report describing how universities broadly define “bias” to include virtually any speech, protected or not, that subjectively offends anyone.”
Subjective rules, subjectively enforced with objective penalties and violence.
All of what we are talking about is in the mind. I won’t say that offense isn’t “real” because to the person being offended it feels real. I am not going to say they don’t get their feelings hurt and that sucks. While we are all quick to call them weak and tell them to suck it up we must be honest and admit that having your feelings hurt sucks. At some point or the other we’ve all had that experience and it’s not fun. Certainly we would rather not be hurt emotionally and we wish the same for our children. So if someone says their feelings are hurt I won’t say they aren’t and I won’t discount that it produces a miserable sensation.
But on the other hand offense can be totally one-sided. A person can be offended by a person that meant no offense at all. They can be – quite literally – completely innocent. Someone could say, “Oh, I like that dress. It’s so different.” and the person wearing the dress could get offended at the use of the word “different” even though the speaker meant it as a compliment. Or, if dealing with a modern university student, offended that you focused on their clothing rather than how smart they are. Never mind that you don’t know them that well, or perhaps you don’t actually think they are all that smart but you wanted to break the ice with a compliment. Who knows?
Now if you are white you are automatically offensive. If you wear dreadlocks you are offensive. If you don’t say the right things or if you say the wrong things, you are offensive. If you are a dead guy who once held a view that was totally fine to hold at the time you held it but now it’s not then you are offensive. All this regardless of any other attribute or accomplishment. All of this regardless of what was actually meant.
There is no right not to be offended
Think about it for a moment very seriously. It’s important. There is no right not to be offended.
“I’m offended at what you said so you can’t say it!”
“I’m offended that you are offended at what I said therefore you can’t be offended at it because your offense offends!”
It’s untenable and sounds like something from a Vonnegut comedy.
When you reject their offense, or defend yourself, or simply refuse to play along they get angry. That anger turns to frustration the more you resist until finally it turns to hatred which produces violence. But they don’t see you as a victim because you are just getting the justice that’s coming your way. Their rules aren’t based in the real world or physical harm.
Whatever they want to do to you is okay in their mind – even violence – because you offended and refuse to accept that you did. That is fascism after all.
The so-called Bias Response Teams reviewing these (often anonymous) reports typically include police officers, student conduct administrators and public relations staff who scrutinize the speech of activists and academics. This sounds like the stuff of Orwell, although even he might have found the name Bias Response Team to be over-the-top. Over the past year, I surveyed more than 230 such reporting systems for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and asked dozens of schools for records about their Bias Response Teams. What I found is detailed in a new report describing how universities broadly define bias to include virtually any speech, protected or not, that subjectively offends anyone. On many campuses, administrators are called upon to referee whether speech is polite.