Now, they’re not exactly the same. Let’s not be stupid. But simply because we do not have labor camps, drab surroundings, and severe restrictions on personal freedom does not mean we’re not very much in the thrall of an increasingly narrow, ideological worldview. And that worldview is defined by the cultural Marxism of multiculturalism, feminism, and other “empowerment of the other” philosophies that have been rampant among our elites for at least 20 years. The enforcement is subtle, but real. Jobs can be lost, as can friends and respectability for deviating from this publicly. Consider the shabby ways guys like Jimmy the Greek and that NJ Transit guy who burned the Koran were left without a job (which is a serious way to ruin someone’s life).
Consider also the strange reaction to Maj. Hasan’s shooting at Ft. Hood . . . General Casey said it would be worse if that incident somehow reduced our collective commitment to diversity. I thought a bunch of dead American soldiers was kind of bad enough, myself. Consider our continued introduction of anti-American foreigners to our universities on student visas or the high priority of promoting gays in the military or the umpteenth discussion of the “achievement gap” in schools, as if this permanent fact of life is somehow an artificact of nonexistent racism from 40 years ago. The common thread is that lies and half-truths substitute for unfiltered reality and in some cases directly contradict it.
The recently deceased Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic had this to say, noting the dominance of “official lies” in communist regimes, which is something we should all be able to relate to as well, unfortunately:
Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate them in silence, or get along well with those who work with them. For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system.
“The Power of the Powerless” (1978)