Question not whom the snitches are informing on, lest they snitch on thee

Caption: A Stasi arrest in the 70s. Nowadays, they’d just use Twitter and a newspaper.

People who actually lived under communism relate that one of its most dehumanising effects was its near-universal snitch culture. ?You never knew who you could trust. The secret police had snitches all over the place?the snitch could?ve been your neighbor, your kid?s teacher, your best friend or even someone in your extended family?. The surveillance state in Orwell?s 1984 was inspired by the Soviet Union. Just a few years later, the Maoists went even further, forcing people to snitch on themselves: citizens were required to write long lists of their ?bad thoughts?, as well as log every one of their family and friends.

Today?s shadow-regime of social justice warriors has created a culture of snitching and denunciation that would impress even the Stasi. But, as so many of Stalin?s commissars found, it?s only a matter of time before the snitch becomes the snitched. A former social justice Stasi relates their own rise and fall. Quote:

I drive food delivery for an online app to make rent and support myself and my young family. This is my new life. I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer?s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community. End of quote.

As Whaleoilers are finding, expressing an opinion deemed unacceptable by the modern commissars can result in swift denunciation in the pages of Pravda, and professional and social opprobrium at the hands of an invisible, unaccountable mob of informants. But even being one of the mob is no insurance against the torches and pitchforks. Quote:

In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader?.[but] the only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of mobbing and public shaming. Real change does not stem from these tactics. They only cause division, alienation, and bitterness. End of quote.

The Stasi, the KGB and the Ministry of State Security maintained (and still do) much of their networks through intimidation ? but many more snitch voluntarily. Quote:

How did I become that person? It happened because it was exhilarating. Every time I would call someone racist or sexist, I would get a rush. That rush would then be reaffirmed and sustained by the stars, hearts, and thumbs-up that constitute the nickels and dimes of social media validation. The people giving me these stars, hearts, and thumbs-up were engaging in their own cynical game: A fear of being targeted by the mob induces us to signal publicly that we are part of it?once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time.

Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture.

I mobbed and shamed people for incidents that became front page news. But when they were vindicated or exonerated by some real-world investigation, it was treated as a footnote by my online community. If someone survives a social justice callout, it simply means that the mob has moved on to someone new. No one ever apologizes for a false accusation, and everyone has a selective memory regarding what they?ve done. End of quote.

How many news outlets and social justice mobs have ever apologised for their false witch-hunts? A very few media outlets expressed contrition over falling for the obvious Jussie Smollett hoax, but many more are simply doubling down. Even fewer apologised for falsely smearing the Covington kids ? who for once are hitting back with class-action lawsuits. Quote:

Aggressive online virtue signaling is a fundamentally two-dimensional act. It has no human depth. It?s only when we snap out of it, see the world as it really is, and people as they really are, that we appreciate the destruction and human suffering we caused when we were trapped inside. End of quote.

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Like all inquisitors, ?social justice? mobs thrive on their sense of righteousness and the conviction that their noble ends justify their disgusting means. But it?s a lie: they aren?t creating any better world. They?re only creating a hellish world of suspicion, fear and lies.

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker
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