The Left is So Pro-Palestinian In Spite of Identitarian Social Justice Politics, Not Because of Them
And that's a good thing
In its ongoing mission to turn all my hair grey, the National Post, Canada’s newspaper of note for the red-faced jet-ski owner community, recently churned out yet another mesmerizingly stupid op-ed about the Palestine solidarity movement. I assume this one was accomplished by feeding the prompt ‘write an article comparing anti-war activism to the Hitler Youth, in the style of a hysterical conservative’ into ChatGPT, though it’s theoretically possible that a real live Boomer wrote it. The article made the groundbreaking claim that lefty pseudo-intellectuals have been brainwashing the nation’s vulnerable youth by feeding them a steady diet of Ibram X. Kendi and Kimberlé Crenshaw, so that now, terrifyingly, Canadian students’ “moral compasses are calibrated to side with whichever side of a conflict can be said to be suffering from oppression”. This radical stance will surely lead to social breakdown and mass bloodshed, the article notes; after all,
It’s all good fun to create a generation of zealous students enamored with the idea of progress, but the professors who led the change should be mindful that radical student movements tend to end poorly for educators — the Chinese Red Guards of 1966 and the Hitler Youth of the 1930s being prime examples.
Dark days indeed.
As usual, conservatives are succeeding in identifying half of what’s going on while wildly missing the mark on the other half. Because listen: I’m as fed up with social-justice posturing and the thoughtless uptake of American liberal identitarian authors as the next normal person. But what’s going on with the Palestine solidarity movement right now is actually much more interesting than a straight-forward case of liberal students mindlessly siding with whoever has the most oppression points.