A culture is far deeper than politics. It’s a national identity encompassing history, education, arts and entertainment, science, health, relationships … everything constituting the core values of any country.
Individualism has traditionally been the common denominator anchoring all other aspects of America’s cultural distinctiveness. Valuing sovereignty of the individual makes American culture exceptional; therefore, “Cancel Culture” warrants attention.
It is understood that “cancelling” individuals, books, monuments, etc. is a form of banishment because they express something objectionable or offensive. Objectionable or offensive to whom follows, but let’s now focus on the “culture” part. In essence, cancelling someone or something means erasing behavior or beliefs which really means erasing ideas.
Remember Barack Obama’s 2008 Obama-Biden-ticket presidential campaign statement, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming [basically changing] the United States of America.”
Now, President Biden’s continuation of “transforming” America also includes “cancelling” ideas. So: America is “basically changing” into what, and who’s doing the transforming and cancelling? What seems to be a “re-imagination” of an idyllic Utopia, and the transforming-cancelling is effectuated by the socially agitated and politically aggressive “Woke.” *
Utopia has meant different idyllic “places” for different purposes. Sir Thomas Moore first coined the term (as a pun) by taking the Greek ou-topos — “no place” — and combining it with eu-topos — “a good place.” So, ironically, Utopia means that in reality a good place is nowhere.
Marx sold communism as a workers’ Utopia. Hitler sold fascism as Aryan Utopia. Today’s power-players are selling socialism as nondiscriminatory, non-merit-oriented, equity-for-all Utopia.
Of course, we know from the Bible’s Garden of Eden story that even Adam and Eve’s idyllic Utopia vanished once their real human nature (free will) was activated by exercising choice (eating the apple) and gaining knowledge (carnal sex and the existential world).
Communism, fascism, and socialism differ in name only. In practice they are identical because they all are collectivist social systems powered by an “elite” who control the economy, the means of production, and the cultural zeitgeist.
But since outright communism (Russia) and fascism (Germany) failed, the largest socialist organization in the United States — the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — has to be more inventive in selling their brand of collectivism. The organization is a member of Socialists International which reveals global aspirations, but its name cleverly obscures the presently active but hidden agenda for America.
From the DSA’s official website (operative words in bold):
We [Democratic Socialists] are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
Translation: voters put us in power (democratic), but we share a vision to control globalized planning, execution of production, and distribution of goods; we define “meaningful”; we decide what is healthy and sustainable; we demand preferences for those we decide need “equality” (we define equality); and we decide who is oppressing whom.
Who now paves the way and keeps the socialists in power? The “Woke” and the implementation of “cancelling” America’s culture of individualism. Woke activists find or create what can be sold to an ignorant/apathetic/indoctrinated public as racial-social discrimination or injustices while encouraging certain fabricated-into-group-members to become victims and assuring that others of different fabricated-into-group-members are made to feel guilty about the victimization…..
* Must-read companion books: George Orwell’s “1984” is a brilliant (and chilling) fictional tale of the future endgame for tyrants everywhere. Evan Sayet’s “The Woke Supremacy” is a brilliant (and chilling) examination of America’s current real-life fast-step march to reach the endgame of tyranny here and now.
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