Americans are experiencing increased intolerance and chaos throughout our politics, culture, colleges, corporate boardrooms and even mainline churches, because the progressive left thinks it is successfully transforming the country, according to [Dr. Kim Holmes, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State].
These elites consider it “a mopping-up operation and they’re going in for the kill.” … A new air of intolerance has been pulsing through radical leaders throughout the U.S., the United Nations and the European Union. …
Elites use international treaties and conventions to circumvent the will of the electorate, Holmes explains. They use a sympathetic president, popular culture, entertainment, colleges, and murky tactics to “break down the resistance to their agenda” to transform America.
Bathrooms policy is the latest example.
[T]he transgender issue uses a small number of “victims” to demonstrate who can make laws. By expanding an administrative interpretation of “civil rights,” without Congress, the federal state solidifies its capacity to dictate American law – even if it’s public school bathroom policies. Most Republicans fail to step up and fight, he says, because they fear a popular culture that is against them and are exceedingly shallow.
On other trends:
Noting the growing intolerance on American campuses, Holmes says education is more like a re-programming now, and colleges are turning out “intellectual drones.”
The criminalization of dissent on climate change is “truly Orwellian” and “borderline totalitarian,” he says. “Once you break that barrier and tell scientists they will be punished, this is like the Inquisition in the 16 century or the Red Guard in the Cultural Revolution in China.” …
Holmes ends by discussing the conditions ripening for a nation prone to revolution. “I’m not making any predictions about revolutions,” but “people are starting to think things they never thought before.”
Holmes surveys the state of liberalism in America today and finds that it is becoming its opposite—illiberalism—abandoning the precepts of open-mindedness and respect for individual rights, liberties, and the rule of law upon which the country was founded, and becoming instead an intolerant, rigidly dogmatic ideology that abhors dissent and stifles free speech. …
Where once freedom of speech and expression were sacrosanct, today liberalism employs speech codes, trigger warnings, boycotts, and shaming rituals to stifle freedom of thought, expression, and action.
It is no longer appropriate to call it liberalism at all, but illiberalism—a set of ideas in politics, government, and popular culture that increasingly reflects authoritarian and even anti-democratic values, and which is devising new strategies of exclusiveness to eliminate certain ideas and people from the political process.