Political Editors / March 15, 2021

In Brief: How to Defeat Woke Tyrants

UT law professor Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapundit, has a plan.

“Most Americans hate woke politics — and most minorities don’t share ‘woke’ priorities,” writes University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds. And yet, he observes, “Woke tyrants ride high.”

Reynolds delves into a bit of polling on how often Americans self-censor their own political views out of fear of retribution. And corporate America is even worse:

Only a tiny minority of consumers care about Mr. Potato Head’s toxic masculinity, about “Aunt Jemima” as a brand or about the #MeToo aggressions of Pepé Le Pew. Yet corporations, universities and governments rush to placate that minuscule slice of the population, trashing large chunks of our culture in the process.

It’s happening not because anybody voted for it, but because a small but determined and vicious minority is bullying people to go along, relying on cowardice and groupthink to achieve ends that could never happen via majority vote: How do you think Dr. Seuss would have done in a referendum?

He chalks up the concessions to “the good nature of Americans,” who just “want their fellow citizens to be happy.”

This needs to change, says Reynolds, or free speech is doomed.

Does this mean we should be less tolerant of our own minoritarian tyrants? In a word, yes.

I don’t mean that they should be forced into camps, or even driven from their jobs and from polite society, as the woke are all too willing to do to their opponents. But they need to be deprived of the thing that is most important to their self-image: moral credibility.

The woke think of themselves — and want everyone else to think of them — as deeply moral. If they have a flaw, it’s that they just care too much. They’re too idealistic, too empathetic, too eager to make the world a better place.

That’s bulls—t (pardon my French, Pepé!). If you look at what they do, rather than what they say about themselves, it quickly becomes obvious that the woke are horrible, awful people, and they should be treated as such and reminded of this whenever they raise their head. …

Treat these tyrants as what they are: awful people who shouldn’t be listened to and who need to work hard on joining the better half of the human race. And remind them of it, over and over. Because it’s true. Deep down, they know it, too.

Perhaps this is, forgive the pun, easier said than done. But Reynolds is onto something with his advice, and if more Americans followed it, we might just defeat cancel culture.

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