The increasingly trivial Mr. Sullivan has decided to relive the Greatest Conservative Hits of the 80s by feigning deep concerned over the "academic left" forming "virtual lynch-mobs" as a means of "cultural control and coercion".
Mr. Sullivan finds this especially to be true in New York, based on the 11 minutes he spent living there.
The Rebirth Of Political CorrectnessMAR 26 2014 @ 2:38PM...I am mercifully insulated from the academic left, so I cannot know all the details of Freddie’s observations. But it seems to me that the ideology that virulently (and rightly) opposes racism, prejudice, homophobia, sexism, et al. has a weakness. These new sins of the left can easily become the only sins that really matter (which is ridiculous), and the punishment for those sins can easily morph into an attempt at cultural control and coercion. That’s particularly true, as I found living in New York, when there’s almost no one who disagrees with you. In that climate of epistemic closure (far more acute in the academy), these sins can get out of perspective and morph into eternal truths that require of the zeal of virtual lynch-mobs to enforce them...
Mr Sullivan continues:
The impulse to punish and purge sin through these kinds of illiberal tactics is not reserved to the left. But I wonder how many leftists willing to suppress bad speech understand their similarity to their Christianist opponents on the right. At some point, you have to pick between liberty and social purity. I pick liberty every time.
You know, maybe getting baked a lot really does fuck up your short-term memory. Especially the memories of Conservatives, which -- lets face it -- already come to the party redacted, emended, revised, elided, Etch-A-Sketched and generally Mementoed
--to the point of being ridiculous.
Otherwise I remain at a loss to explain how this righteous Defender of Free Speech against the academic left's virtual lynch-mobs could possibly be the same guy who, just a few short months ago, was leading his own virtual lynch-mob against Alec Baldwin
and doing his own, very-public happy dance once his mob pressured MSNBC into canning Baldwin over something mean said to a paparazzi who was stalking his child.