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Reason Can’t Prevail Against an Irrational Opposition

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“Mandalorian” star Gina Carano made headlines this week when she was fired from Disney. Her crime? Authoring a social media post comparing the censorship of conservatives to Nazi persecution.

Disney’s decision set off a salvo of justified attacks on the company. But while the self-righteous anger is gratifying to fans both of Carano’s acting and words, this latest incident in cancel culture points to a bigger, more ominous truth:

We are losing.

To illustrate this, let’s examine Carano’s offending post. She declared:

Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?

A spokesman for LucasFilms responded to this statement by declaring that Carano’s “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Can’t find the “denigration” in Carano’s post? Progressives find it because Carano is on the wrong side politically speaking, and while words are slippery things of myriad meanings, being on the wrong side and saying something in defense of that side is wrong. Therefore, Carano’s comments must be denigrating or racist or some other nasty thing. You may not think it’s that simple, but for millions of thoughtless Americans on the left, it is.

It doesn’t matter that Disney is a hypocrite for allowing Carano’s liberal co-star to post photos comparing American-Mexico border detentions to Nazi concentration camps. Nor does it matter that Disney turned a blind eye when another of their employees posted a cartoon of abloody woodchipper with the words: “MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper.” Disney will get away with the Carano firing, and in a week the incident will be forgotten, yet another sign of the fact that we are losing.

We are losing because our side assumes that reason can prevail when it comes to the confrontation of ideas. It can—but only when both sides are committed to reason. It’s useless to attempt to reason when the opposition is doggedly irrational. You will always lose an argument with someone who insists that two plus two equals five just as easily as it equals four, and meanwhile you will have wasted both time and energy.

Aristotle, arguably the touchstone of Western reason, had as his most famous student Alexander the Great, the era’s most renowned conqueror. Alexander spent a year studying one-on-one with the founder of logic, metaphysics, and virtue ethics. He learned what it meant to reason and to think his way out of problems, a skill he used in a series of battles that subdued the known world in just a few years. At one juncture in his conquests, Alexander encountered mystical priests of a foreign culture who presented him with the Gordian Knot, an intricately tied pile of rope that was considered impossible to untie. The priests expected Alexander to attempt untying it, but this student of logic’s founder was not easily fooled: He took out his sword and cut the knot in two. Reason cannot untie the tangle of irrationality; it can only destroy it.

Before I am accused of inciting violence, let me be clear that the sword we need to wield is a figurative one of boycotts, strikes, and protests. Why should any reasonable person patronize Disney? Going further, we must establish cultural alternatives to the left-loving pop hegemony that rules our lives, as Carano seems to now be doing. Reason will not work against the likes of people who somehow manage to see the “denigration” of minority cultures in sensible comments such as Carano’s.

The current atmosphere of political hatred posing as political unity portends the growth of state power, as anyone who has read Hannah Arendt closely will recognize. In order to make headway against what is clearly a rising tide of totalitarianism, we need action, not talk.

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Kenneth LaFave

Kenneth LaFave

Kenneth LaFave, PhD, is the author of Experiencing Leonard Bernstein (Rowman & Littlefield).

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Ueberdoofus
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It has been obvious for more than a century, that leftists' ideology has replaced a religious void in their lives, and to let fact, reason, logic, or law cripple their ideology would destroy any meaningful existence they envision themselves occupying. Absence of reason is only one facet of their insanity, for what other mental space can they occupy, if neither fact, reason, logic, nor law could ever interfere with their thoughts? They envision themselves as 'saving the world', using any mental acrobatics feasible, whether lucid, constructive, or not, as if there were some rational means to do such acts. To sum up, there is no way to get anyone so entrenched in ideology to open their minds to rational action and thought, for they are truly insane.
 
 

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Diogenes71
Excellent summary of our opposition. Mainly emotional involvement not reasonable. I kept hearing: But, you just don't understand. They are incapable of explaining their "positions" which are just their emotional involvement, i.e., their feelings. They then start personal attacks. End of conversation.
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Davidsamms
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Whether we win or lose, let's still use reason and logic.
 
 

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sadusek57
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I don't know how many of these types of articles I have read over these last months, however good they are in substance, there is a lack in what to actually do about anything. I read the " we got to do something or else" but nothing on what to do. I wish instead of rehashing of things, as in the above article, since this actor is just one of how many now? It is more like "who this week?" Any answers or suggestions? Each day or each week this will continue. It is just a matter if the person is famous enough to hear about it. The thought or suggestions on what to do is a much, much harder thing to write about.
 
 

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JLPJ
We need to encourage several people in each state to run for office. then we need to get all those couch potatoes off their couch to vote and mass numbers for these people. If you don't vote you should lose your citizenship in the United States of america.
Peigin
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Ms. Carano has signed up with the people at the Daily Wire to produce and star in a movie. The Daily Wire is trying to create an alternative to the dominant media in news and entertainment. I don't know how it will work out, but it is a step in the right direction.
 
 

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civilization2020
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IMO, the main issue is putting one's fingerprints all over the websites; loudest people are represented and those who are wise are not (apologies for the mixed metaphors). Technology is working against the scripture of 2 Timothy 2:23 "23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth..." I know well of this scripture as I have a sister who wildly misrepresents the truth and bases a version of reality on heart above of head; is illogical and destructive. My Minister (who knows 1st hand of the chaos) recommended this scripture to me and it's been a self-mantra for many years, very helpful. It seems like a strategy of the Democrat Politicians and Hollywood Leaders are doing the same. Yikes. I don't see a clear resolution.
 
 

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