Recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein have brought the issue of sexual harassment toward the front of the “social consciousness.” After a sting operation capturing Mr. Weinstein’s long-time abuse of power on tape, Hollywood’s finest came forward to condemn the actions of this particular mogul as though they were first hearing of them. During Mr. Weinstein’s tenure, his antics were well known across an industry which concurrently lectured the rest of us about equality, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and the like.
As progressives in Washington slowly came out to condemn their generous benefactor’s despicable actions, their counterparts in Hollywood signaled the viral masses to shout out “Me Too” as a call of solidarity. This is yet another example of the supposed “elite” attempting relevance in the face of their exposed hypocrisy. Additionally, and more importantly, they’ve chosen a movement which has its roots in far more sinister abuse than that of Mr. Weinstein. While his actions cannot be condoned, he abused his power over mature adults willingly bending themselves to it. They remained silent about his abuses despite having a community of supposed champions for women. They chose the fruits which his power bore to the obscurity which he threatened.
“Me Too,” on the other hand, was started in response to sexual abuse of young girls and women by the most vile members of society. These girls are literally powerless, having no viable alternatives available, and are permanently scarred by the abuse they’ve suffered. While Mr. Weinstein’s actions are worthy of scorn, associating them with a movement for women and young girls that have survived truly horrible abuses can only serve to diminish the relevance of real victims of sexual abuse.
Protesting is one of several means for raising awareness of injustice. As was mentioned here before, it has recently been employed by professional athletes for that very reason. Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality against members of his race was a peaceful means of conveying the presence of injustice. One might argue with his position, his chosen means of protest, or his motivation, but none can claim that his actions were anything but peaceful.
When Donald Glover accepted an Emmy award, he thanked Donald Trump for “making black people No. 1 on the most-oppressed list.” In Mr. Glover’s case, he’s chosen to claim injustice as a means of advancing a political agenda. Since before taking office, Himself has endured innumerable unsubstantiated attacks from every corner of the social spectrum. While his policies are just as likely to perpetuate the injustices of this predecessors, largely because they will generally emulate those of his predecessors, Mr. Trump has done nothing specifically or in general against the black community, at least not to date.
Had Mr. Kaepernick been better informed and Mr. Glover not blinded by political ideology, they might have protested the primary source of injustice against members of the black community: the war on drugs. Regardless of its roots, which were themselves political, the war on drugs rivals the welfare state for debilitating impact on U.S. minorities.
The Fabian Society, a socialist movement from the United Kingdom, approached the spread of democratic socialism through gradual adoption and reinforcement of their principles. This is the method through which socialist policies have often been spread over history, particularly here in the United States. By monopolizing the school system and, subsequently, higher education, progressives have slowly inched the U.S. toward fully adopting socialism.
Similarly, progressives have used this approach in the spread of environmentalist dogma, particularly where assertions of “man made climate change” are concerned. Most people, progressive or otherwise, will tell you that cyclone activity is dramatically increased in recent years and global temperatures are at record highs. While the number of named storms may have increased, this is due largely to improved and sustained tracking methods. Similarly, recent record global temperatures represent fractions of degrees over previously recorded levels; the history of the world is scientifically proven to exceed billions of years during which time recorded temperature levels encompass a small fraction of a percent.
Regardless, the uninformed assert that hurricanes and wildfires are symptoms of an earth poisoned by human tampering. While mankind undoubtedly impacts the environment, much like any other inhabitant of this planet, the assertion of unique detriment is a tool of environmental Fabians seeking to exert the same control sought by progressives.