2021: The Year of the Ruling Class’ Crackdown on Dissent

2021: The Year of the Ruling Class’ Crackdown on Dissent. By Ben Weingarten.

The year 2020 was the year of the lockdown, when the Ruling Class arbitrarily, capriciously and selectively suspended the natural rights bedrock upon which American life — indeed, life itself — relies.

The year 2021 closes as the year of the crackdown, when the Ruling Class weaponized its powers to crush dissenters from its Wokeist-Scientist orthodoxy in arguably the most far-reaching, brazen and lawless assault on Americans by the state and its private-sector adjuncts in our nation’s history.

This was the year that the campus became the country. Those engaging in speech that ran afoul of the Ruling Class’ party line were treated as physical dangers to the homeland, demanding the full force of the public and private sectors to deter, punish and subdue them.

Every free-thinking individual became a potential Donald Trump, liable to be ostracized, harassed and punished for daring to cross the regime in a society-wide Russiagate. …

Periodic purges of social media accounts now look quaint. Today, everyday Americans may not only easily lose their ability to communicate in the digital public square, but also to bank, to work or to raise a family in peace should they engage in an ever-shifting list of thoughtcrimes—or even refuse to get a jab of an experimental drug. …

This jihad, often running under the banner of “counter-terror,” comes from the very cohort currently shrieking about how “democracy” hangs by a thread if Republicans win in 2022 and, gasp, 2024 — wins that would be direct rebukes of the Ruling Class’ anti-democratic, tyrannical acts, and which the Ruling Class now seeks to pre-delegitimize.

There were three subjects above all others that Americans could not broach without facing the regime’s wrath: …

  1. Question the integrity of the first essentially un-auditable mass mail-in election in American history, which the Ruling Class proudly sought to rig — ahem, “fortify” — in which state authorities openly flouted election laws and in which all manner of irregularities ensued, and you question the legitimacy of the regime’s rule. …
  2. Question the Chinese coronavirus policies and proclamations and you threaten the authorities’ ability to usurp maximum control over our lives …
  3. Question Critical Race Theory and you challenge the regime’s ideology.

Left out climate change. The carbon dioxide theory of global warming is also beyond questioning, and has been for many years now. It’s wrong of course, but the regime has cracked down on dissidents for so long now that the public has forgotten it was ever in question. Won’t global cooling come as a surprise?

Glenn Reynolds:

Many in our ruling class see what’s happened in Hong Kong as a role model. They need to be made to regret their choice.