The other day a friend of mine posted a report on the world’s largest social media platform regarding newspapers cancelling the Dilbert comic strip. The issue has become somewhat controversial. (Was Dilbert 'Cancelled' as Comic Creator Scott Adams Suggests? (newsweek.com).
Was Dilbert, in fact, too politically incorrect? Did Scott Adams, Dilbert's creator just in end up on the “wrong side” of the political divide in this country? These are good questions. But in all fairness, newspaper comics have been dying for a long time and newspapers are cutting back on that space. So maybe Dilbert is just one of many…or maybe not.
I simply responded to his post with an old quote from Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play”. I credited the quote to Goebbels for context. This prominent social media platform promptly took it down and notified me that I was banned from making comments or posts for thirty days. Interesting.
I guess I got a digital time. But this action simply confirms the very issue in question. If I had made some sort of “Woke” endorsed comment about Dilbert being canceled, I am confident there would have been no backlash. But even the hint that perhaps our government, directly or indirectly, is influencing what we read, hear, write or speak is somehow forbidden. And having the audacity to connect such practices to those of the Nazi’s is just a line you do not cross. Nazi is the other N word these days…unless, of course, it happens to be The View using it to describe a white gun owner. History is only relevant if it can be used to support certain agendas. Otherwise, it’s off limits.
And just to put a fine point on it; you may have missed this story if you only follow mainstream media, but it’s a very real and very scary example of what’s going on these days: Groundswell of Support for Mark Houck, Catholic Father of 7 Arrested in FBI Raid| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com).
Once upon a time I could not have imagined federal agents showing up at a citizen’s front door to haul him off for purely political purposes. But it’s happening these days. This is McCarthyism on steroids. Be warned, it’s not a big leap from social media cancellation to things like this….or much worse.