Persecution is now cool! Despite a thirty year career as a published feminist condemning the male patriarchy of American society while also working in the campaigns of both Bill Clinton and Al Gore, leftist radical feminist Naomi Wolf has found herself banned permanently by Twitter for daring to write posts condemning the lockdowns and mandates of the past year, while also raising concerns about the vaccines being offered to prevent COVID-19.
Twitter booted Wolf shortly before she intends to release her new book, Step Ten, that will explain how COVID-19 is being used by elites to grease the skids toward authoritarian fascism. “A much-hyped medical crisis,” Wolf argues, “has taken on the role of being used as a pretext to strip us all of core freedoms.”
The ironies here are endless. First, Twitter’s ban literally proves Wolf’s point. That Twitter executives don’t see that further illustrates their intolerance.
Second, the irony of Wolf’s banning might actually be somewhat amusing if it weren’t so suppressive to free thought. Her past work has been repeatedly documented to be rife with inaccuracies and false conclusions. For example, the basic premise of one of her books was based on a fundamental misunderstanding of facts that made everything in her book entirely wrong, and caused the book to be recalled.
Yet for years the left have stood by her, defending her mindlessly despite clear evidence that her work was untrustworthy and poorly researched.
In recent years however this hero of the feminist left has increasingly shifted to the right in her support of liberty and hostility to government outreach. She has also written in opposition to the modern leftist dogma that sex is determined solely by one’s own opinion, and not by biology.
Thus it is those opinions, not the fact that her research has always been very faulty and her writings shallow, that have made her more and more an anathema to the left. While once they celebrated and defended her, even when it was clearly shown that her work was shoddy and inaccurate, now they want to ban and cancel her. And Twitter has been very glad to oblige.
From the demand for good scholarship, the right has been consistent for decades in harshly criticizing Wolf’s work. From the conservative perspective of supporting free speech, however, none of those criticisms ever called for her to be blackballed or censored. Instead, the demand was for quality, and if she did not measure up she should no longer be awarded book contracts or cited by others. She should be free to speak. Everyone else should simply find others more worthwhile and credible to listen to.
The left today however doesn’t care about quality. When she said things they agreed with — no matter how misguided or uninformed — she was to be defended blindly. She has now begun saying things they don’t like, however, and that is all that matters. She now must be banned, blackballed, silenced, censored, and destroyed.
Welcome to the new leftist utopia!
Personally, I am glad Wolf has begun to recognize the false gods of the left. At the same time I will also not waste a nanosecond of my time reading her work, as she has clearly shown herself to be a faulty scholar whose writings are not reliable. Others may do so, but if they do they must accept the strong possibility that they will be relying on bad information, no matter how wonderful the opinions.