I smirk at celebrities testifying at government hearings, pontificating from awards shows or even spreading nonsense on Twitter.
If you really think Woody Harrelson, Ashton Kutcher and Meryl Streep are more knowledgeable about social issues than the average citizen, fine. Obviously, they have a right to their opinions.
Sam White notes some British examples of celebrities spouting, and then says this:
Aloof, blinkered, and dismissive of ordinary people’s opinions, they seem willing to put lives and liberties in danger for no other reason than to preserve their own warped ideology.
But take a breather and you remember that they’re not deliberately nefarious. They believe earnestly that they’re doing the correct, moral thing. And that is at once chilling, and simultaneously a paradoxical reminder of all that needs protecting in Western democracies.
It’s chilling because it illustrates their unknowing indoctrination into the rigid cultural orthodoxy of the modern left.
If we’ve learned anything about the modern left it is that they have filled the swimming pool bit by bit with their nonsense. We are floating is a container of silly notions: guns are bad, peace activists make a difference, religion means intolerance, (except Native American shams. They’re cool!) Earning a PhD is some nonsense means you know something useful. Somebody else should pay. Violence is fine if you are trying to prevent future hypothetical violence. Punching a Nazi? Good. Saying ‘punch’ in a room full of people who may or may not have ever been punched? Even when the punch is orange, and served in a large bowl? That’s a micro-aggressive trigger.
It’s going to take some real work to get back to other ways of thinking. We also have to remind ourselves that the bulk of liberalism isn’t nefarious, but earnest. They think they’re right, while thinking we’re evil. we’re not, and they should know it.