Same planet, different worlds

Same planet, different worlds. By Rod Dreher.

Tonight I had dinner with a visiting American academic in Budapest. He’s a conservative, and had some pretty bleak stories to tell about the soft totalitarianism that has taken over. He said that he once thought that he would be able to go into the humanities field, and be treated like he would treat anybody else: with an open mind, and welcoming debate. Now, mid-career, he has been cured of that illusion. He’s not sure why any intelligent young person who wasn’t a left-wing radical would undertake to be an academic.

On Trump:

He said, “I suspect you and I share the same skepticism of Donald Trump, but I’ll give him this: he forced the Left to drop the mask. They were so freaked out by him that they revealed what totalitarians they had become. When Obama was president, and they thought they had History on their side, they thought they might be able to tolerate us, just barely. Trump forced their hand.” …

On Orban:

The reason the liberal elites hate Viktor Orban — who, by the way, is going to be keynoting CPAC Texas next month — is that he understands them and their methods, and doesn’t roll over for them, or satisfy himself by just ticking them off and leaving it at that. He plays hardball, the same way they treat us. ...

Ruling class spokes-person on trans:

Same planet, different worlds:

How on earth do we live together? This law professor thinks even questioning her dogma civilly is an act of violence that will result in deaths.

And people like her are the dominant power-holders in this country. You might be thinking, “Seriously, Rod? You seriously believe that a Berkeley law professor is more powerful than two US Senators?” No, not strictly speaking. But Prof. Khiara Bridges speaks as a member of the culturally dominant elite in the US. How many people in positions of power and influence in the national media, in business, in advertising, in entertainment, in medicine, in the US military, and so forth, are more likely to agree openly with Prof. Bridges or either senator? Do students in Prof. Bridges’s classes feel that they have the liberty to disagree with her? Do employees in major companies feel that they have the liberty to say they agree with Sen. Hawley on the matter of transgenderism, without suffering career damage, and even risking being fired? That’s real power. They have it, and they use it. …

I’m old enough to remember a time when normie conservatives genuinely believed the Left would be stopped once we demonstrated to them how illiberal they were acting. Boy, those were the days.