A telling paragraph from The Free Press’ dive into what happened to PayPal. The short version is that it became another woke company committed to the same things the entire establishment is.
It was not a conspiracy. Democratic officials were not colluding with the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and owners of legacy newspapers and cable networks and studio chiefs and university presidents. It’s that, in a matter of a few months, maybe a year, they had all embraced the same leftwing identitarianism, the same slogans, the same hashtags and pronouns, the same statistics, the same talking points, and they reinforced each other, and they made it exceedingly difficult for anyone to challenge the new orthodoxy.
We’ve seen in the #TwitterFiles that it was a conspiracy. But many of the conspirators didn’t think that they were conspiring.
No more than parent groups, legislators, officials and assorted companies thought that they were ‘conspiring’ in the 80s when they were trying to limit the distribution of obscene materials to children.
That the wheel has turned and there’s a similar alliance to promote obscene materials to children reflects a change in social values, but not a universal one, rather a narrow one that is mostly confined to elites.
And that gets at the heart of the Two Americas crisis.
The Left has successfully warped the country, but its overall institutional capture successes were focused on using education and culture to capture the elites. And the elites are, for the most part, captured, especially on a generational level.
The elites are ruthlessly and unthinkingly enforcing their value system, even as it changes from year to year, and its absurd paradigms on the country.
They live in enough of a bubble that they don’t think that they are out of step with anyone except maybe a few ‘rednecks’ somewhere in ‘flyover country’ whom they’ve learned to despite as part of their tribal cultural indoctrination.
This sort of thing is oppressive when it’s done by a majority to a minority, but it’s being done by a minority to a majority. And yet the minority has been convinced that it’s a majority because it wields so much power within its echo chambers. That power, produced by massive centralization, is at the heart of the problem.
And many conservatives are coming to realize that.
A country controlled by a minority elite that is out of step with the people and yet insists on regulating them is a tyranny, no matter whether the nature of that tyranny is political, cultural or economic.
Freedom comes from independence. As long as America is dominated by a leftist oligarchy, it can never be free.