I have a new column up at The Federalist, titled “Jeong And Owens Prove Twitter Censorship Weighs More Heavily On Conservatives.” And it is mostly about that, but ultimately more than that (following my general inclination to use a news peg to talk about larger ideas or phenomena).
What got left out? This column was written largely be request on an effective deadline of a few hours, so not much. But insofar as I ultimately make a point about the Left’s rather slippery attitude on the issue of systemic or institutional bias, I would note that I could write an entire column or series about the Left’s ever-evolving theories on racial issues. A few of my recent columns have been pushing the idea that the Left really does not care much about rules, while other writers remain stuck on the idea that there are old rules and new rules , with the Left operating on a double standard under their new rules.
I would suggest that the Left’s reliance on the motte and bailey fallacy on racial matters is in itself quite close to Calvinball. But it goes deeper. As noted elsewhere at The Federalist today — and previously at any number of outlets — the Left is much bigger on equality of results than equality of opportunities, and this drives their thinking on racial issues. This should be evident from the change in emphasis by the Left following the enactment of the civil rights acts (which focused on opportunities, not results).
And now that the Left has iterated that thinking to the point of concluding America is built on plunder and the preservation of white supremacy, such that it is impossible to be racist regarding whites, one should not rule out the likelihood that the Left’s definition of racism will continue to evolve so that it remains fine to attack whites, regardless of how much power they hold. The notion that the Left has “rules” is a narrow sort of viewpoint based on looking at a snapshot in time, rather than the fluid approach the Left has taken over the course of time.
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