It takes a nation to protect the nation
This is not about kuffarphobia specifically, but is a general comment about the reduction in freedom of speech, both because of the witch hunt syndrome, but also now because of people giving up. It is in line with Joe's observation of us being in the 'post-dialogue world'.
The witch hunt mentality of social media and mainstream media has now reached such a level, that clever people are now refraining from making any comments at all on anything.
Kate Winslet 'not bothered' by age gap debate:
Winslet, however, declined to be drawn on the issue, despite having claim to being no less marginalised. ...
"I think it's such a big debate and it's probably quite dangerous for me to comment because it will be taken and blown up as these things do tend to be.
"With something like that, you can't change that ever-evolving discussion. It doesn't matter what I say, what you think, what the next person thinks - it is the way it is.
I saw other examples previously but didn't capture them. Then you can look at Victor Hanson's blog and see that people are giving up responding. Previously, there would be around 10 comments after every essay. But for the last 4 essays, there have been no comments at all. Compare these 4 with all the previous ones and you will see the difference.
People were still commenting on the preceeding two, for example:
It seems like people are also giving up because they despair of the political process. After all, when the fascist left are controlling all the levers, what's the point?
Future generations will look back, like Stalin's downtrodden serfs, with astonishment at the way we fearlessly gave our opinions before, confident of impunity.
Yes Joe, this supposed philosopher, who certainly knows about Gramsci's long March thru the institutions, doesn't seem to grasp that he is now a powerless minion in the face of those institutions, and that they aren't going to just cede power to him after waiting 50 years to get it. He doesn't realise just who irrelevant his fancy arguments are, to those people.