I’m not one of those people who gets encouraged when a leftist begins to question their deranged hive mind. I don’t expect an article here and there to be any indication that progressive leftists are ready — en masse — to come to their senses and begin behaving like rational, reasonable people. So, I’m taking this article as an outlier, not a harbinger.
Progressives used to be able to handle dissent. The Democrats were the party of free speech and free thought. No more. Among far too many leftists, if you disagree, you are wrong. And if you are wrong, you are bad, and if you are bad, you are trash.
This is a shame, and not just because I’m sick of getting angry e-mails. It’s a shame because this call-out culture prevents people from actually speaking their minds, because they are too scared of being unfriended, unfollowed, blocked, shunned, or dismissed as simply trash. But we shouldn’t be shutting opinions we disagree with down; we should be seeking them out. You don’t learn much if everyone around you believes—or professes to believe—the exact same thing as you do, and if we don’t expose ourselves to a diversity of opinions, we are never going to get out our self-imposed echo chambers.
Leftists don’t want to leave their echo chambers. They just want to make the whole world an echo chamber by silencing alternative opinions.