Oftentimes, our society resembles a deeply dysfunctional marriage. “We will get along, as long as you’re like me and believe like me. Otherwise, we’re through!” Regarding marriage, Danny Silk once said, “The two shall become one flesh, and then we spend the rest of our time arguing over which one we will become!”
We’ve heard the clarion call to unity and healing of our nation from President Biden, and we’ve been told to “meet in the middle” from faux-farmer, Bruce Springsteen, in his epic-fail Jeep ad.
Meanwhile, what we’re actually witnessing is the powers that be and their ilk demonizing and canceling all dissenting voices.
This raises the question, just what do they mean when they speak of unity and healing?
I ask because trying to get unity by eliminating dissenting voices is actually called tyranny. Here’s what Arthur Milikh said about it in a video interview on “American Thought Leaders“:
“Tyranny is trying to tread into somebody’s mind, to distort, to deform it, to reflect what you think is good.”
Here’s what we’ve really learned so far from the left:
“Unity” means compliance. It means silencing the opposition.
“Healing our nation” means taking revenge on anyone associated with that “insurrectionist” president, Donald Trump. Of course, he was an insurrectionist because they said so.
“Disinformation” is defined as anything that disagrees with their narrative.
“Defending the Constitution” means trampling it underfoot, ignoring or denying those Constitutional rights given to us, and ruling by executive fiat rather than by congressional consensus.
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” (Orwell, 1984)
I’ve talked about the difference between liberals and leftists. Voltaire would be considered a classical liberal; Karl Marx would be the quintessential leftist. It would seem that the Democratic party has being taken over by the latter’s ideology.
Recently, we’ve seen Democratic leaders calling on cable companies to cancel conservative news channels like Fox, Newsmax, and OAN (see article here). But, by this standard (if we took political bias out of the equation), CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and all network news, should also be canceled for their own leftist version of daily disinformation.
As I posted here, Facebook— the new Thought Police—have canceled whole country’s news agencies, like Australia. This, after canceling the President of the United States.
This call for unity is actually quite insane when you think about it. It’s like an abusive husband telling his battered wife to just come home and shut up or else.
Later in the video, Milikh says this about why freedom of speech in the marketplace of ideas is so critically important.
“Because the opposite of me persuading you by reason is me forcing you, is me demanding that you believe me. And when you don’t I force you….It’s for these very reasons that the disappearance of the freedom of speech is so harmful…to take away political liberty, to take way the freedom of the mind, and to take away this capacity to be reasonable, to persuade and be persuaded, which is ultimately connected to our capacity to make political judgment too.”
Milikh makes a great point about why the free discourse of ideas is so important to maintaining a healthy culture, and the danger of not allowing it to take place.
“You’re practiced in reasoning, you’re practiced in thinking about things. And that prevents a people from falling in love with the impossible, with impossible hopes, impossible revolutionary hopes. You see, in America radical thoughts spring up frequently in the public square, but then they’re discussed and they become moderated, and if they’re bad ideas, they usually go away. The danger of restricting freedom of speech is that those radical ideas don’t go away. They’re actually ensconced in laws and institution and ingrained, and nobody can provide any rational opposition, no matter how reasonable that opposition would be.” *
Sound familiar? Not allowing rational discourse and opposition to ideas becomes like a cancer that metastasizes in society by radicalizing and polarizing it. We lose the ability to disagree like adults and find common ground, so people are forever stuck in their partisan echo chambers obsessively hating the people in the “other” partisan echo chambers.
In his 2020 article, “Hate Speech and the New Tyranny Over the Mind,” Milikh said the following:
“In America, a powerful movement intent on outlawing “hate speech” continues to expand in institutional power and moral vigor with each passing year. Most Americans do not fully grasp what banning “hate speech” entails, or the political and intellectual stakes involved. Should “hate speech” be banned, America will no longer be a self-governing nation: Serious deliberation on the central political questions confronting the country would become impermissible. But the debate over “hate speech” ultimately exposes our nation’s deepest and perhaps irreconcilable moral divide: Are we a republic in which presumptively rational citizens rule themselves politically and where the freedom of the mind is protected—or are we a confederation of oppressed groups whose fragile identities must be honored and sheltered from criticism?”*
Milikh’s point is important: “hate speech” laws, wherever they’ve been enacted around the world, have actually prevented serious deliberation over issues.
He also poses a very good question at the end of the quote. And from what it looks like, there are some on the left who see us as “a confederation of oppressed groups whose fragile identities must be be honored and sheltered from criticism.”
This is why the radical left is either naively deluded or outright lying about wanting unity and healing for the nation. The only way we’ll ever get there is by allowing and even embracing a full and free discourse of ideas. You’re not forcing me to be you, and I’m not forcing you to be me. That also makes for a healthy marriage, by the way.
Here’s the video interview with Arthur Milikh. It’s a fascinating discussion and well worth taking the time to watch.