In Ben Shapiro’s Sunday interview with Gina Carano that I linked yesterday, there were several passages that resonated.
One in particular:
I would go to a barbecue on the beach in California, and all these people would go [switches to sotto voce] “Hey, I agree with you. Messed up, isn’t it?”.
And I’d be…’This is your house. Why are you whispering?'”
It reminded me of another episode.
I was talking with a couple of reps from a metro media organization – TV, newspaper, it matters not. And when one of the representatives and I had a moment without the others around, that person swiveled their head around to make sure nobody was listening, and whispered to me “Don’t tell anyone I said this, but I love [the NARN]. I’m on you guys side. I just have to keep quiet about it”. I felt a little like a reporting working in East Berlin or Warsaw in 1974, getting a furtive, samizdat note from a local that the Stasi or ZOMO wouldn’t be able to trace.
This was over a decade ago.
I think of this because it is now in vogue for lefties to tell people “there is no such thing as cancel culture. There’s just consequences for actions”.
Right. And that “action” is “dissenting from the progressive worldview in public”. No more.