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‘A Totalitarian Misery Cult’

Posted on | April 5, 2018 | 2 Comments

Ace of Spades tells the story of Lindsay Shepherd, the Canadian graduate student and teaching assistant “who was summoned before a Diversity Kangaroo Court to explain why, as part of an issues-in-media class, she had played a debate . . . about the use of made-up trans pronouns”:

She used to consider herself a leftist, but she says she now knows what leftism actually is, and she’s not that, any longer.
Interestingly, she exposes, accidentally, the syndrome of Default Leftism. Leftists have struggled hard, and achieved great success, at making Leftism the default politics of anyone who actually doesn’t think about politics. She thought she was a leftist, she says, because she cared about being nice to people and rode a bicycle instead of driving a car.
That, in her mind, was “leftist.” And the leftists put a lot of effort into making people think they were leftists or aligned with the left if they merely thought you should be nice to people and also liked trees.
But now she knows what it really is — a totalitarian misery cult.

Video at the link. (Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)

Speaking of Russian collusion (this is what we Professional Writers call a “transition”), for the past few weeks I’ve been reading several books on the history of Communism and the Cold War. The Soviet World of American Communism by Harvey Klehr, et al., provides documentary proof from Soviet archives that American Communists (CPUSA) were at all times under the control of Moscow. The CPUSA actually persecuted people in the United States who were believed (correctly or not) to be allies of Stalin’s enemies in the U.S.S.R. Thus, the purges and “show trials” of the 1930s (an era chronicled by Robert Conquest in The Great Terror) were mirrored in America by the CPUSA’s own paranoid crusade against Trotskyists and other “deviationists.”

This is relevant to Ms. Shepherd’s experience in Canada. She thought of herself as a leftist “because she cared about being nice to people,” as Ace says, but she hadn’t gotten the memo that the Left’s goon squads have decided that no criticism of transgender ideology is permissible. Radical feminists have been complaining for years about the totalitarian tactics of the transgender cult; eminent feminists have been “no-platformed” for dissenting against transgender ideology. In a sense, feminists are like Trotsky, Bukharin, Zinoviev and other Bolsheviks who, after Lenin’s death, were purged and murdered to satisfy Stalin’s sadistic whims.

Recall that James Damore’s internal critique of Google’s “diversity” policy included multiple avowals of his agreement with the concepts of equality and inclusion; he merely intended to raise questions about whether Google’s policy as implemented had harmful unintended consequences. His avowals of good intentions were ignored; he was demonized as a “misogynist” and fired. And so it was with Lindsay Shepherd — she meant no harm by showing the video debate in class, but her good intentions counted for nothing. She was demonized and purged.

Like I keep saying, people need to wake the hell up.




2 Responses to “‘A Totalitarian Misery Cult’”

  1. Why yes, Leftists are terrible, horrible, deeply sick people – The Daley Gator
    April 5th, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

    […] As Stacy MCCain writes, the left is a cult […]

  2. Not Your Friends | The Quiet Towers
    April 6th, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    […] Stacy McCain shares this story, a sad and predictable story of how tolerant those who sport the badge of tolerance really are. In the end, your intentions (or your heart, or your motives) count for nothing — not to the author of all benevolence, and neither to the modern-day inquisition, always willing to punish you for any deviation from liberalism. People need to understand that the politically active left is not your friend. They are narrow-minded bigots who stand at the ready to curse you, dox you, send you death threats, turn your friends against you, ruin your reputation, and even get you fired. They are not your friends. […]