So it’s been a year today since a howling mob of leftist scumbags tried to destroy me for holding the position that Wokianity was vastly more dangerous than any element of the modern right wing. I’m still here. In the early days it was touch-and-go, and I had a few people tell me to fuck off, either because they themselves had signed up with the cult, or because they were terrified of getting the same treatment themselves. Anonymous activists (I assume there’s more than one, though I have no idea honestly) nearly wrecked two of my funded projects by threatening my collaborators (or their bosses) and generally managed to cause havoc for me in everything I did for months. At the peak of things I had police guarding my class.
I won’t lie, it was an incredibly unpleasant experience. Possibly the most traumatic thing I’ve experienced, which is saying a lot. I drank too much, experimented briefly with SSRIs, and gained weight. What made it even worse was the degree to which the mob was able to torment my friends and colleagues, whose only “crime” was knowing me. Prior to all of this I had a low opinion of the political left, but after seeing all of this behavior first hand, I can confidently say that I despise them, that I genuinely hate them in a way I could never imagine hating anything previously. There is nothing redeeming about the Woke mob; they serve no useful purpose, they contribute nothing of value to the conversation or to society as a whole. They are like the Anopheles mosquito; horrible pests that ruin human lives with no evident positive role in the environment to offset the damage they cause. I grudgingly acknowledge their right to speak their minds; but the serial harassment and mob violence they facilitate is a pox that must be eliminated by force of law if we have any interest in preserving liberty in our society.
A year ago, many people adjacent to me were surprised by what was happening, and didn’t know how to respond. But now? It has happened to so many others that it surprises no one. Every day you see reports of another scientist “cancelled” by a mob of communist shitweasels: here’s today’s unfortunate wretch, who just yesterday was an accomplished physician and researcher but now is a pariah thought criminal for reasons. What happened to me was just foreshadowing, a taste of what was in store for most of us eventually; no academic is woke enough to survive the purity spiral forever. If we don’t figure out a way to stop these people, the entire edifice of western science will be cordycepted and lobotomized faster than you can say “Lysenko”.
Someday I will tell the whole story of the months following my “cancellation”. There are some people whose behavior was so egregious they deserve to be named and shamed unto the ends of the Earth. Others were brave and principled, including not a few who certainly do not agree with me politically, but who recognized the importance of freedom of speech and the threat posed by the Mob and were willing to take substantial professional risks in support of our American way. Yet others were simple cowards, who know they should have supported me publicly but kept their heads down when it counted. But that story will have to wait for another day. Right now, I have science to do, classes to prepare for, and crops to harvest. My closing statement to those who hoped I would be struggling to find work as a trash collector by now: “Why don’t you go fuck yourself, commie.”