The Alternate Reality World of the Alt-Left
By Ric Wasley
June 12, 2017
For years the mantra of the Alt-Left has been that, all of the evils of the world has been caused by ‘old white guys.’
Why we heard it recently from the unfunny, self-discribed “D List” comedian (and I use that word loosely) Kathy Griffin who, after a tastless, nasty post that in a rational society would had gotten her placed in a secluded facility for ‘observation’, called a news conference to tearfully complain that she was oppressed by “old white guys.”
Hey, Kathy - news flash. You are not a young oppressed black girl - you are an old privileged white woman. And the country that gave you a constitution and laws to stand on stage as an old white woman of dubious talent and insult and demean others was founded, fought, and bled for by all of its citizens. Including those “old white guys” you rail against.
Question? What do you think would have been the fate of your act Kathy, if our laws and constitution had been written by some of the many cultures who wouldn’t even allow a woman on stage instead of by those “old white guys” like Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin who you claim have “oppressed you all of your life”? Yeah, right.
So where did this warped Alt-Leftist view come from? The view that says, everything that made America the place to which everyone wants to come (I haven’t seen anyone trying to sneak into Syria or Venezuela, have you?) is somehow the epitome of oppression?
If that’s true, then why is it that for generations all races, classes and creeds of people from around the world have chosen this country to come to? A country which they helped make into the place with the highest standard of living and freest society in the history of the world. If they had felt oppressed here wouldn’t why have packed up and gone home, Kathy? Just asking...
That is the question that needs to be asked to the charlatans who masquerade as professors on campuses across the country. Because that is where this alternate reality started - on the campuses back in the Sixties. I know because I was there. I was working on my Masters degree back then with the idea to stay on campus and teach history. In the end I opted for a career in publishing. But had I stayed I often wonder if I would have had to quit teaching because at some point over the next 40 years what they wound up teaching turned from history to Stalinist-style propaganda. Doctrines became so rigid and counterintuitive that they have always had to be force fed with no dissent allowed.
And interesting enough, don’t you wonder if these self-proclaimed liberal professors are aware of the 20th-century societies that invented and perfected these intolerant brainwashing techniques? Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Maoist China. Wow, that’s great company to be in, isn’t it?
So then what induced the Alt-Left in academia, Hollywood, and the media to demonize freedom of speech, truth, and common sense, and to embrace totalitarianism and intolerance?
One thing: Guilt.
There is a reason that they are called ‘elites.’ It is because their power, positions, and money allow them to live better, more sheltered lives than 99% of the world. Who, by the way, they claim to be a part of. But in reality it is they who are the true “1 percent” they accuse of hogging all of the wealth and power. And that is what is truly at the heart of their bleating and preaching - because they know it. And it makes them feel guilty. So they compensate for it by performing what in psychology is called “transference.” That’s where you take your own problem and transfer it to someone else and claim it’s their fault. Hence you have a bunch of rich old white guys (see the DNC, Hollywood, Mainstream media, and Wall Street) complaining about...rich old white guys. This allows them to chastise the rest of us for not being more welcoming to illegal gang-bangers and folks who want to chop our heads off, while they remain safely ensconced behind the exclusive walls (which they don’t want for for us) of their guarded and gated communities.
And whose fault is it that they having been getting away with this stunning hypocrisy for the past 40 years?
And by that I put myself firmly at the head of the line for blame. Because four decades ago I wanted to travel and do things and make it in the wide world and so I chose a career in business and turned my back on academia. And so now I must ask myself - had I stayed, could I have made a difference and been a counterpoint for sanity in the neo-anti-tolerance world of the Alt-Leftist ‘re-education camps' that our colleges and universities have become? I’d like to think so, but who knows?
The one thing I do know is that we who were fortunate enough to have been able to receive a real “liberal” arts education back when colleges were places of freedom, questioning, and true higher learning - before they became rigid brainwashing factories ruled by strident totalitarians - we do have a duty. We have an obligation to lobby and speak out for a return to concepts that made our country the one our ancestors chose to come to - a place of hope. And a place of freedom of thought, speech, and expression for all of its citizens.
June 4, 2017
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.