I commend two pieces to your attention: Agnostic on the outrage (or lack thereof) over Democrats’ victims, and Porter on Liberal passcodes. Both are worth reading, as are both those sites in general, but they’ll get you fired if you’re caught reading them at work, so be careful. They’re hateful. So, so hateful.
Synthesizing the two, I conclude that there’s a little Harvey Weinstein in all of us. I mean that in both the ethical and physical senses.
The reason there’s not more outrage over Weinstein isn’t that he’s a Leftist, and his fellow Leftists in the Media, Academia, and Politics (henceforth: The Cathedral) are all covering for him. They are, of course — cf. Our Betters’ Betters, the Europeans, rallying around Weinstein, and have you noticed that everyone else who has gotten fired is a minor-league nobody, or someone already almost put out to pasture? But that’s not the real reason there’s little outrage compared to the magnitude of the crimes alleged.
Rather, it’s that “everybody does it.”
There’s a reason vaudeville performers used to be considered just a very small step up from actual prostitutes. The “casting couch” has been a joke since the Restoration; it used to be taken for granted that anyone who appeared in a movie, male or female, got their role via horizontal audition. Even now, most folks’ reaction to the Weinstein revelations wasn’t outrage, but bewilderment — why did he feel he had to coerce anyone?
Leftism in general works like this. If you want a ticket to the good life, as Porter notes, you need to let well-connected Liberals have their way with you. Especially if you’re a non-STEM smart guy. All the institutions where you can get the cushy life you want — media, academia, politics — are controlled by Liberals; you have to mouth their platitudes if you want in, and you’d better fake a mean orgasm, too.
Time was, you could let the mask slip a little bit once you were in. Before the Borg took over completely (that is, before the mid-1990s or so), the Elite used to have a little bit of a sense of humor about it — professors, for instance, would joke that the nicest car in the faculty lot always belonged to the wildest-eyed Communist. But now the Cult has entered its death spiral phase, and facts don’t compute — the Diversoids literally can’t see that their faculty lounges, editorial boards, and gated communities are as mayo-on-Wonderbread white as they can possibly make them. Even if you’re a STEM smart guy, you’re required to at least keep your mouth shut.
Do you live a nice middle class life? Do you have a college degree? You’ve bent over for a Harvey Weinstein. Maybe just the once, for the grade you just had to have to pass that one required class, but… you did it. So did I. Theodore Dalrymple sums it up:
In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.