I respect your post and your views. I am a Libertarian so I don’t fit neatly into political norms (sides) very well. I eat at chik a filet, drink coffee at Starbucks and shop at Target. I don’t care what their politics are, I care about their products. I wish more people were that way and businesses and sports were apolitical. There is plenty of room in the public forum for people to express their political leanings. We don’t need virtue signaling corporations who really only care about their bottom line. Companies see a profit in pandering to pride month or black history (fill in the blank) and try to capitalize on it.
When I talk about cancel culture I am specifically speaking to the pulling down of statues, destroying of history/books,dissenting voices that people feel ‘unsafe’ with. As someone who loves history and studies it, this kind of crap comes into play right before the fall of a nation or civil war. I’m not talking bout advocacy, equal rights/access, I’m talking about people silencing those they don’t agree with, censorship, online bullying of political adversaries, etc.. I could go on…..
Thanks for explaining -- I am quite sympathetic to Libertarian views and have a lot of them myself.
If I could push back a bit, though, what would you say if someone had built statues of the suicide pilots from 9/11 and afterwards a significant public outcry arose to take down the statues, and the one who built them said they were important to have because they spoke to the history of the event? I daresay there would be NO SUPPORT (and rightly not) for having those statues of the pilots. If we want to remember the history, it should be done paying tribute to the heros, not to the bad guys, right? Having statues of the pilots would be disrespectful to those who were harmed by them. NO ONE would complain about having those statues canceled, whether it was on public or private ground.
I submit then, as I said before, that people's opinions on whether statues or other items are removed have more to do with what they think is being promoted/celebrated by the statues than about the philosophical of cancel culture ideology. Some people think Robert E Lee was a hero and others think he was directly responsible for harming their ancestors. We have different ideas of what is noble and what is awful in this country, which is fine. But let's call it what it is.
Bro, I get what you are saying but you are defending something that has grown into a monster. Where do you draw the line?
They got rid of the George Washington pew in the church in Philly because he had slaves. So has the criteria for having a monument become whether a person was a perfect saint in their life? If that’s the case all statues should be torn down. In another instance a statue of a black man who freed slaves was destroyed by an ignorant mass of cancel culture morons who wouldn’t listen to reason or facts.
And we do have a memorial for 911. My question is will Muslims in the future demand that we remove it because it’s discriminatory towards Muslims and a symbol of hatred and distrust towards Muslims? Actually that’s already been discussed but hasn’t generated much steam… yet.
Should we get rid of Lincoln’s memorial because he only freed slaves but allowed for segregation?
Do we get rid of crosses on the graves of war veterans in our public memorial cemeteries because that’s a symbol of Christianity?
Where does it end?
As a Libertarian I sympathize for most liberals as I think most are moderate, however, the party is being taken over by the far left. On the right most have fairly well defined what too far right is (racism, nationalism, etc). Although there are a lot of devoted Trumpers who have a cult like devotion to him and scare me.
On the Left I’ve not seen a definition of what is too far left. Socialism is on the rise, reverse racism (which is just racism towards straight white males) is ok, cancel culture, hatred towards public servants, etc etc… So where is the line I ask? I’m not seeing it. The university system is the cess pool responsible for churning out the far left radicals. Hence my original remarks.
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