On 5 April, I published this post, The Tail Wagging the Dog, on my other blog.
The post is about the lynching-by-social-media of Bernard Eich, CEO of Mozilla and his subsequent resignation.
He was pressured into leaving his post and the company he co-founded because he had made a donation to an anti same-sex marriage cause 8 years previously. A cause that was, at the time, supported by a majority of voters in California.
It is not my intention to reprint the whole post here, nor to debate the rights and wrongs of same-sex marriage. I give my own reasons for opposing it in the post. I accept that others have compelling reasons to support it, and suspect that many more are ambivalent but do not want to be seen as “anti-progressive” or homophobic by expressing an opinion. The arguments for or against, should be the subject of debate, not career ending character assassination.
Whether you are for or against same-sex marriage is not the point. What ever your view on this particular subject, if you have the slightest spark of independence, any desire to think for yourself, a modest trace of discernment, in your character, sooner or later you will be out of step with the thought control rabble.
Over the last few days, I have been observing reaction to the effective destruction of Mr. Eich’s career. The favourable response to my post, the flood of negative publicity from many other commentators – some known for their liberal views and the intensity of the debate, convinced me that the this lack of tolerance by the very people who demand tolerance for minority views, needs more attention.
The potential for this lack of tolerance and attempt to suppress all other opinions, carries huge risks for the continuation of our Western societies and especially for those of us who are striving to lead extraordinary lives, who are determined to improve ourselves and our lives. Those of us who do not want to remain part of the mindless herd, numbly following the latest trend in social media. Those of us who are prepared to persevere and have the resilience to do, say and write about what is right.
A good article in Hot Air by Ed Morrissey today examines the issue and raises the frightening spectre of absolutism. That article also provided a link to the Mozilla feedback website where a graph showing the level of negative comments tells the story. Negative comments peaking close to 7 500 on April 4, the highest it had ever reached and then almost doubling that figure to over 13 000 on April 7.
A different take was apparent from Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times as quoted in Slade :
“That’s the argument: Each company has a right—indeed, it has a market-driven obligation—to make hiring and firing decisions based on “values” and “community standards.” It’s entitled to oust anyone whose conduct, with regard to sexual orientation, is “bad for business” or for employee morale.
The argument should sound familiar. It has been used for decades to justify anti-gay workplace discrimination.”
The problem is, that right is only permitted for liberal views, ask any employer who has been accused of discriminating against homosexuals, minority races, firing an overweight employee, or who refuses to hire male applicants in a female environment or vice-versa, if his or her rights were upheld.
My concern, and the reason for publishing a post about it here is that I believe it goes way beyond the rights or wrongs of same-sex marriage, minority rights or homophobia.
It is the beginning of mind control by social media, the 21st century equivalent of the Nazi propaganda that resulted in the holocaust, the murder of 6 million Jews, WW2 and the millions who died in that conflict. It has chilling similarities to the start of the communist purges in the former USSR that killed additional millions, many by starvation.
It has parallels in the genocide in Rwanda, religious and ethnic conflict in other parts of Africa, including the murder of thousands of Matabele people by the ruling MaShona tribe in Zimbabwe. 20 years later, the economic ruin of the same country after the illegal seizure of white owned commercial farms. The ongoing murder of Christians and Muslims by each other in the Central African Republic, Nigeria and elsewhere.
What has happened to the art of debate to settle what, in the grand scheme of things, should be less controversial topics than for example, territorial and property disputes.
We have arrived at a situation where a minority has managed to intimidate the majority into submission, truly the tail wagging the dog. Political correctness gone overboard.
A giant leap backward for mankind.
The article “The Culture of Shut Up” by Jon Lovett in The Atlantic makes a good case of supporting that title, it also has a link to an article by David Brooks in the NY Times where he proposes that we do not have a leadership problem, but a “followership” problem.
I have lived as a minority under a brutal totalitarian regime in Zimbabwe, believe me it was not a bed of roses. More frightening was that the regime did not become brutal and totalitarian overnight. The regime was put in power by the interference of outside interests and allowed to flourish while Western governments which should have known better, turned blind eyes to rigged elections, corruption, widespread intimidation and small-scale serious violence.
Over the years as the regime got away with higher levels of bad behaviour, the move to total control was ratcheted up until it became the nightmare it was and still is.
It’s time to wake up and make a stand for freedom of expression and the right to stand for what is right without having to fear character assassination, career destruction or being burned at the stake of social media intolerance.
What do you think?