Professor Counts Out 7 Ways That Woke Cancel Culture Is Like Mao’s Red Guard

Written by Wes Walker on July 20, 2020

Leftists protesting in the University is nothing new. But the militant silencing of anyone who disagrees with you is a dark new development.

As someone who has been a Professor since 1973, teaching in Essex, Oxford, and finally London School of Economics, John Gray has seen a thing or two in political developments down through the years. But what he is seeing now is unlike all of what he has seen before.

This isn’t just polemic now, it has become intensely personal and destructive of anyone who dares disagree with their ‘orthodoxy’.

Cancel culture isn’t just designed to stifle debate anymore.

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Such behaviour was once confined to virtue-signalling celebrities. However, it has now insidiously taken hold in most of our national institutions.

From universities, the Church, big business, schools, broadcast media, the police, local authorities, publishing houses and even in some newspapers, woke ideology is now being actively promoted.

This is a terrifying development.

Anyone who departs from the new orthodoxy is deemed evil and beyond redemption.

By ganging up together on social media, activists are on a mission to get such people sacked from their jobs and silenced forever. — DailyMail

How has it taken over institutions?

He gives us a list.

Universities

While they have long since been hotbeds of leftism, they have become more aggressively malevolent to their ideological rivals.

Today, our universities are bastions of Left-wing, woke orthodoxy. Any dissenting voices – however mild in their beliefs – have to be silenced. And a growing number of schools are now joining universities in propagating this ideology.

‘Critical race theory’ – a sub-Marxist ideology in which ‘white privilege’ is invoked to explain all kinds of injustice – is increasingly being taught as part of ‘decolonising the curriculum’.

Indeed, no subject is immune from this re-education campaign in our schools and universities.

Academics at Birmingham City University have proposed that Mozart be eliminated from music teaching and replaced by the rapper Stormzy. Eton College has announced it will change the teaching of history, geography, religion, politics and English, along with school assemblies and societies, in order to ensure that ‘decolonisation’ is enforced across the board.

…But the ideology that is being used to shape a new curriculum is even narrower. Abstract concepts of ‘whiteness’ are taught as facts, while the real complexities of history are ignored.

Church

Archbishop of Canterbury mentions it being wrong to portray Jesus as white, while neglecting to say that there IS a specific ethnicity whose features it WOULD be appropriate to portray him as being from. But coming right out and saying Jesus isn’t Black might offend some folks.

Police

Subject of attacks from violent protesters in some cases. And yet find the time to publicly involve themselves in political movements like dancing at Extinction Rebellion, or taking a knee. Police are explicitly supposed to be Apolitical.

Capitalism
Giving his perspective on even Corporate America caving to wokeness, you will see his criticism in contrast to his own (from the US perspective) strongly left biases:

Even the citadels of capitalism have fallen. Giant corporations instruct their employees in diversity training but fail to provide them with medical insurance, childcare facilities or decent incomes.

The contagion is now threatening institutions. Who would have expected to see museums go ‘woke’? But here we are.

Museums

Last week, the senior curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art resigned, accused of ‘white supremacist language’ after he stated that refusing to collect white artists would be ‘reverse discrimination’.

It should surprise exactly none of us to realize the ‘news’ has been swept up in this. But it’s becoming more overt now.

NYTimes

And an opinion editor and writer at the New York Times resigned, citing ‘constant bullying by colleagues’ who attacked what they called her ‘forays into Wrongthink’. This reference to George Orwell’s novel 1984 – where people are punished for ‘thought-crime’ – is very telling.

What’s more, major American news providers and magazines are now operating a system in which staff are encouraged to snitch on their colleagues and denounce one another on Twitter.

This hounding of people is strikingly reminiscent of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which convulsed communist China from 1966-1976 and wrecked much of what remained of the country’s ancient civilisation.

But This isn’t where the comparison ends.

He compares today’s woke instincts with Mao’s Red Guard another way.

Struggle Sessions

What’s more, major American news providers and magazines are now operating a system in which staff are encouraged to snitch on their colleagues and denounce one another on Twitter.

This hounding of people is strikingly reminiscent of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which convulsed communist China from 1966-1976 and wrecked much of what remained of the country’s ancient civilisation.

The only way someone accused of thought-crime could escape punishment was through public confession, ‘re-education’ and abject apology in so-called ‘struggle sessions’, in which they were humiliated and tormented by their accusers.

Tragically, the woke movement has reinvented this vile ritual, with teachers, journalists, professors and others seeking to hang on to their jobs by desperately begging forgiveness.

In some ways, today’s Twitter Maoism is worse than the original Chinese version. Mao’s Cultural Revolution was unleashed by a communist dictator, who used the upheaval to consolidate his power.