Cultural Fascism

Friday, November 20, 2015
posted by elizabeth @ 11:42 AM

Do you ever sit back and wonder what our world is going to be like when our children are grown? I’m sure you do frequently. People are mulling over the future of our country as we listen to Presidential Debates and look at who is going to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. We still have the right to vote in this country for who will represent us best. But we have lost the ability to freely interact in culture and to voice our thoughts publicly.
What happens when our society is decided for us based on a small group of people that scare the rest of us into submission? We become controlled by the Thought Police, as Tammy Bruce describes it in her book The New Thought Police. “Traditional” Fascism is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government. When the word government is replaced with the word culture, and dictator is replaced by a small group of authoritarian elites, you have Cultural Fascism.
We are drowning in cultural fascism. This is why candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Bernie Sanders are leading in the polls. Our culture is looking for an honest way to survive – on both sides of the ideological aisle. As we continue to find our way out and through this horrible societal injustice of forced silencing of our thoughts and opinions, we must support those who are standing out and up for truly free thoughts.
Suzanne Venker, writer and speaker, is such a person. She was invited to speak at Williams College this past week at their “Uncomfortable Learning” Series. Her views on feminism are in stark contrast to “traditional feminists.” Whereas conventional feminists believe that children are an imposition to women, that men are ghastly for female advancement, and that Business discriminates against all women, Ms. Venker is refreshingly the opposite as a modern feminist. She voices that being a mother is a blessing, that men and women are great partners, and that women actually out earn men in their twenties.
Apparently, all of this is too much for the students at Williams College. They cancelled her speech at the last minute due to her offensive language and content. Yes, you heard me correctly. The students attending the “Uncomfortable Learning Series” are too weak to handle offensive commentary such as “nothing in my life has been more fulfilling than being a mom” (straight from Ms. Venker’s speech).
From the Williams College Record Editorial Board Statement, “Uncomfortable Learning is a safe way to discuss otherwise unacceptable opinions on campus. “ But in the same statement, they say “we at the Record believe Venker’s views are wrong, offensive and unacceptable.” Which brings me back to cultural fascism – only the controlled thoughts by liberal elite are allowed in society, and in this case Williams College.
This family friendly message is offensive to the students at Williams College, yet it is the centerpiece of the U.S. House Speaker’s Race. Congressman Paul Ryan only agreed to run for Speaker of the House if his hours were reasonable allowing him to spend time with his family. Maybe Williams College feels Congressman Ryan’s conditions for running for Speaker were offensive, too.
Ms. Venker’s opinions are not anti-feminist or anti-woman. Quite the opposite. By empowering women to have more choices and understand all options, women truly have the opportunity to chart their own course. Conventional feminists and cultural fascists spread false ideals saying that women are victims, yet claim they want to empower women. The truth is we cannot be empowered while fighting victimization. Understanding the full picture, which includes ALL views and opinions, is what is truly empowering. I applaud Ms. Venker, and Congressman Ryan, for standing up for what they believe, putting family first, and not standing down to cultural fascists.

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