Social Control and the Two Minute Hate

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“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.”

George Orwell, 1984


In regard to the firing of Brendan Eich by Mozilla after gay activists demanded his scalp for his donating a $1,000 in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, go here to Darwin’s post on the subject, it struck me as to the function such leftist witch hunts are intended to perform.

First, they help keep the perpetually aggrieved, perpetually aggrieved.  Most leftists, in order to have power, must have constant agitation against enemies.  The names of the enemy vary, but the function they perform remains the same:  to give leftists a devil figure to rally against.

Second, a means of proscribing certain thought crimes.  Most leftists are not content to win political victories, they want to drive their adversaries from the public square and punish them for their beliefs.

Third, abasement.  The gay activists who began the campaign have said that they wanted Eich to recant and then they would have been content with him keeping his job.  Confession and recantation by heretics is always a good thing.

Fourth, terror.  Many leftists tend to view terrorism as not a bad thing so long as it is their terrorism.  Just imagine how many CEOs cringed when they realized that in today’s America a man or woman could lose their job based on a political donation years ago.

Fifth, intolerance.  Most leftists love tolerance so long as their views are the ones being tolerated.  Views they oppose are not to be tolerated.  Little leftist morality plays like Eich are useful in making certain that it is clearly understood that tolerance is purely a one way street.

There has been considerable push back regarding the firing of Eich and I find that heartening.  However,  the alarming thing about this whole controversy is that it underlines that the dominant political movement in this country in academia, entertainment, and, increasingly, in industry, is totalitarian in orientation and will not hesitate to seek to punish private individuals for incorrect beliefs.  Political correctness at its core has always been a deeply authoritarian  movement, and the old mantra of leftists in the sixties, that the personal is political, is being played out in our times.


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  1. “that the personal is political”.
    The personal is the church and the political is the state. Thomas Jefferson’s WALL of separation of church and state between man’s exercise of his conscience and his political input are to be viewed as two separate entities, the man’s personal persona and the man’s political persona. Applying the wall of separation of church and state in this situation, the wall ought to protect the man and his freedom as an independent thinker and citizen.
    The First Amendment was not eradicated by the Supreme Court, even if the Court had the power. The Court imposed “tolerance” of the atheist. The Constitution stayed the same. The public domain belongs to each and every citizen in joint and common tenancy. So does the government.
    Scientists know and have proven that hatred changes the human brain, silences reason and turns the human body into an unthinking being equal to rabid beasts of the field, the devil’s work.
    How can rabid beings run a corporation, or a government. When the Court imposed “tolerance” of the atheist, the Court imposed “tolerance” for all people. The Court decided that citizens ought to think.
    The great divide is that the individuals usurping the genius of Eich refuse to acknowledge the talent given by our Creator, or the success of the corporation as Divine Providence. It is their refusal to recognize the writing on the wall of separation of church and state. Justice does not abide dictatorships posing as victimhood.

  2. Don, how long do you think it will be before bar associations start disbarring attorneys over this issue? Loaded question, I know. Just wondering what is going on in bar associations these days.

  3. The American Bar Association has long been dominated by the Left which is one reason only 23% of lawyers belong to it. I suspect that attorneys would be the last group to be subject to this nonsense because attorneys generally know how to swiftly legally respond to a threat to their livelihood. Disbarment over political stances would face a whole host of constitutional, legal and practical challenges and I do not see it as a realistic possibility.

  4. According to Victor Hugo, “To hate indistinctly is soothing, and suffices for some time; but in the end there must be an object Hate without object is like shooting without a mark. What makes the sport interesting is a heart to pierce. There must be a man, a woman—some one to ruin.”

  5. “makes the sport interesting” you know Michael I have thought we could add a word to JPII’s “Fides et Ratio” – et Passio. I’m not a linguist so that might not be just right for what I am trying to say, but I think you get the point. Orwell knew too, importance of the gut.

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