A Kinder, Gentler Totalitarianism

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Eric Holder’s
“nation of cowards” comment wasn’t simply a roundabout
way of making the tired old accusation of “institutional racism.”
It signaled the acceleration of a trend toward the state policing
not only of behavior but attitudes, ideas, and the interpretations
of facts.

Your thoughts
might be impure. Attorney General Holder is here to help.

On February
18th 2009, Eric Holder, our first African American Attorney General
gave a well-publicized speech in which he called
Americans cowards for, among other things, refusing to engage in
an open, frank dialogue about our race relations. Reactions were
immediate, nearly all negative and most correctly saw this as an
effort to put whites in pillory so as to hector them with the usual
accusations of racism, discrimination and all the rest as a first
step to extract more tangible benefits. This much was clear. Less
obvious, but more important, is that a “frank and open discussion”
will inevitably invite government to monitor our private thoughts
to build a “better” more racially just society. Such “honest”
dialogues will not be policy debates as one might discuss school
busing; this is about drawing to the surface what Peter Brimelow
“hate facts,” that is, empirically indisputable truths
that are justly inconvenient for America’s smothering liberal
orthodoxy. Uttering them is, at least to champions of the reigning
orthodoxy, far more hazardous than endorsing mere misguided public
policy; they challenge the modern liberal state’s very foundations.
In a nutshell, if Holder and company get their way, white America
is to be put on the couch and coaxed to confess its selective misanthropic
urges, and that done, we can be properly weaned from the thought
cirmes debilitating blacks.

Of all the
tricks to defeat opponents, classifying opposing views as a debilitating
mental illness is perhaps the most nefarious. This medicalization
strategy was explicit in the Soviet Union where “deranged”
dissidents required long stays in insane asylums. Communist China,
Cuba and other totalitarian regimes also had their versions of forcefully
refurbishing the dissident. The gentler American re-education method
only differs in degree, not kind. Here college students caught ridiculing
wacky feminists must undergo a therapy that inevitably begins by
demanding frank acknowledgment of one’s injurious thoughts,
regardless of intended harm, let alone accuracy. Such treatments
are not unusual; they are official policy for as Paul Gottfried
has observed,
the modern welfare state takes reforming supposedly misguided beliefs
as part of its it central ameliorative mission – a roof overhead,
food on the table, and mush in the brain.

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6, 2009

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