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In the most recent Federalist Hour podcast, Tales from the Frontlines of the Woke Revolution, hostess Evita Duffy interviews Jason Hill, a DePaul University professor of Philosophy. Professor Hill has come under fire for stating the obvious truth in an unambiguous way, when he said that it was wrong and unfair to women to have male athletes competing against female athletes.
He’s right, and he’s unapologetic about it. That’s enough both to earn him the scorn of the Woke left and to make him a target for their speech suppression and cancelation efforts. I applaud the Professor for standing firm and exhibiting the spine almost wholly lacking in the invertebrate halls of academia. I know little of what he thinks on any other topic or issue, but am completely with him on his criticism of transgenderism (which I think to be absurd nonsense), and more importantly on his defense of both western civilization and free speech.
Regarding western civilization and the country into which he immigrated and became a citizen — that is, America — he says (beginning at about the 17-minute mark):
I think one of the biggest problems is that we have been condemned to silence and we have been condemned to be apologists for the greatness and the exceptionalism of western civilization and of America, American exceptionalism. We’ve been made to feel ashamed of American exceptionalism, of the superiority of western civilization. There’s a kind of cultural relativism I’ve written about, the stupidity, and I’ve been chastised by administrative leaders in my own university for claiming that not all cultures for example are equal. Some cultures are more secure than others.
So we know we’re not victims. We’re victimized at times, but we can’t adopt a victim identity. We must first of all stand up for the greatness of our unprecedented civilization, which is America, and we must extoll its virtues with complete intransigence and implacability, with no apology for the unprecedented rise in the standards of living that it has offered millions of immigrants and millions and millions of Americans within its ambit.
He then took a moment to answer the questions posed in the title of this post, which I very much appreciated (emphasis mine):
And then we must show, through our courage and through our fortitude and through our implacability and our intransigence, there are a lot of silent minorities — when I say minorities I don’t mean racial minorities, I mean conservative voices — who will rise up. All they’re waiting for is a sign from people such as myself, and you, and others who have that courage, to rise up and offer a rejoinder. There are many people I’ve met who are closeted rebels and defenders of our great republic and of our great civilization, but they’re scared because they think they’re alone.
Amen. Amen, amen, amen.
Don’t stop talking. Don’t stop defending the right to talk — to talk about anything and everything. And don’t believe it doesn’t matter, that your voice can’t make a difference.Published in