One More Round of Dragon Energy│ Rory Johnston

I want to be clear, I don’t fundamentally dislike the left. In fact, there is a part of me that still clings onto the ideal that one day my views will be reclaimed by the left and liberalism can flourish once more. In a class-based society, I empathise with those who desire a form of socialism to balance apparent inequalities within society. I have deep admiration for traditional Labour MP’s such as Dennis Skinner who still to this day persevere to keep the interests of the “working man” relevant in Westminster. I long for the day that the left could replicate great statesmen like Tony Benn. You don’t have to be an ardent leftie to appreciate the good that Labour and the British left have indeed achieved over the years – a member of which club I would wish to represent. Rather, it is so-called progressivism that shifts my mood towards the left from one of admiration to one more acrimonious.

What with its insistence upon restricting freedom of speech through the malignant weapon of political correctness, its amplification of identity politics through vices such as cultural appropriation – a moronic idea manipulated by dangerous ignoramus’ that relegates people and its cultures to beleaguered stereotypes – the progressive attempt has rather become malevolence disguised as benevolence. The progressive left has maliciously abandoned its traditional base for a new core of voters. This new base consists of any minority identifying member of society. Initially, I was swayed by its desire to give a voice to those downtrodden by society. A cynic could say that the progressive movement is the Western rebellion against the straight white male, and in part, this is true. But it is also the removal of agency from any individual that ensured that my affiliation with the progressive movement was ephemeral. The progressive desire to cast aside liberty in order to bottleneck its supposed base into communes of thought is sickening.

The examples are endless too. In decades gone by, Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell were heralded as icons of the left, helping to promote the feminist and gay rights movements respectively. Now, they are both banned on several university campuses in the UK, and utterly shunned by the progressive movement because their views of transgenderism don’t adhere to the strict mandate proposed by the Strasi-style progressive thought police. Take Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist arrested and jailed in Egypt for being an active member within Hizb ut-Tahrir who has now reformed himself, founding the Quilliam Foundation that seeks to tackle radicalisation within British Islamic communities. Nawaz even stood for election as a Liberal Democrat at the 2015 election. However, the notorious Southern Poverty Law Centre that is renowned for dealing with issues of discrimination, have placed Nawaz on their list of 15 noted anti-Islamic extremists – all for the crime of attempting to reconcile Liberalism with Islam. Just recently, the latest Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has been labelled an “Uncle Tom” and “Coconut” by prominent Momentum and Labour activists upon his promotion. Labour Peer, Lord Adonis even thought it was necessary to share a cartoon depicting Javid to deport his own parents. The list could go on in British politics, but this trend is universal.

It is both this deeply patronising and condescending attitude that the left has towards minorities in society that is so appalling. It is almost as if the left treats their new voter base, the alliance of minorities, like pets. You only need look at Jeremy Corbyn when he speaks of the Labour Party being the party to “unlock the potential of minorities in Britain”. I’m sure any rational person need only look to the Conservative benches to see faces such as James Cleverly, Sam Gyimah, Kemi Badenoch, Sajid Javid etc. to realise that this idea is just hot air. The arrogance and braggadocio behind this sentiment however alludes to the cancer that progressivism really is.

So naturally, when Kanye West tweets, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks”, I sit up and watch.

Every trend and notion that has been aforementioned is just as prevalent in the States, further compounding the terrible nature of progressivism. Candace Owens shot to a modicum of internet fame last year under the alias of “Red Pill Black” on YouTube, releasing videos on why the media and the Democrats were duplicitous in their methods for attracting the Black vote for the American left. While her tone may have been too abrasive for some, she has undoubtedly been an inspiration to many – Kanye being one. Her initial message of championing freedom of thought within the Black community instantly led to criticisms of her being one of “far right”, “alt-right” or an enabler of white supremacy – insults brandished by the progressive left that have ultimately become hollow and meaningless nine times out of ten – which to me, indicates that her dissidence is proving a success.

Now Kanye has entered the fray, and the progressive left are in utter meltdown. Whilst also making the news for some fairly questionable quotes on slavery perhaps being a choice, our mate Yeezus could potentially be laying the building blocks for a mass breakdown of progressivism. Not only has Kanye come out in support for Candace Owens, but he is becoming a true champion of freedom of thought. Whether it be through his vocal support for President Trump or tweeting words such as “We can’t ad(d) empathy to MAGA by hating. We can only ad(d) empathy with love and time and truly hearing all sides”. What Kanye is doing is revolutionary. Not only is he, as a successful, black global superstar dissenting outside of the progressive thought collective, he is spreading a message that ‘people should love not hate’, a notion that although not intentional, is the complete antithesis of what progressivism practices.

Nothing that Kanye is saying should be seen as revolutionary or visionary. It is rather a sad depiction of the times that so many people are shocked by his rhetoric. The civil rights movement was established exactly for individuals to champion freedom of thought. After all, it was Martin Luther King who dictated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. all those years ago, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”.

If I have one message from this article, it is to be free. Be an individual. You have agency; go out there and use it. As a child I’m sure you were taught that you were unique – and it’s true. Think what you want to think. Engage in debate. Broaden your mind and open it to the joys of learning. You never know what road it may take you down. One thing is for sure though, progressivism will never teach you to be free nor open.

I’ll leave you with one last tweet from Kanye, a man I’m off to share a shot of Dragon Energy with;

“We’re in this so-called information age but we’re starving for wisdom”.

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