Left thrives on dis­con­nect­ing us

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - KEN BECKERT Abing­don, Mary­land

Your edi­to­rial “Misery in the midst of plenty” (Web, Dec. 2) thought­fully jux­ta­poses the vi­brant Amer­i­can econ­omy with our not-so-vi­brant “con­nect­ed­ness to com­mu­nity.” Is this not the irony of ironies: that what so­ci­ol­o­gists call the “cri­sis of con­nec­tion” grows in tan­dem with the ex­plo­sive pop­u­lar­ity of on­line so­cial me­dia?

The tech­nol­ogy which promised to con­nect us all has fos­tered the ex­act op­po­site. (Hon­or­able men­tion for “irony of ironies” goes to Amer­i­ca­nuni­ver­sity so­cial-jus­tice po­lice who are du­ti­fully quash­ing free speech and al­ter­na­tive ideologies in the name of “in­clu­sive­ness.”)

But mod­ern so­cial dis­con­nect­ed­ness is not an ac­ci­dent, and it is not oc­cur­ring in a vac­uum. It is be­ing nur­tured by the per­fect storm of iden­tity pol­i­tics, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, racial war­fare, class war­fare, gen­der rage, cul­tural-ap­pro­pri­a­tion out­rage and other di­vi­sive liberal or­tho­dox­ies. These work to­gether to balka­nize so­ci­ety into an an­gry col­lec­tion of screech­ing fac­tions, dis­con­nected not only from each other, but from God and na­ture.

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