You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver
- Apr 3, 2020
I am deeply skeptical it would really survive testing in a court. In order to make the argument it requires numerous logical contortions.They aren't on a lot of levels. You're taking the logical jumps that something detrimental to the US is inherently inferior or something in conflict with the US's founding principles is oppressive. At bare minimum, there are a few users here who would see no contradiction. But also, the former cares about political affiliation, not political ideology. They aren't trying to mandate that all ideologies are treated equal in schools, they're trying to snuff out "guilt by association" tactics.
The first is that something that is against freedoms is not oppressive. Well, good luck with that, because that's a tough ask. Never mind when you stop and have a think about how Communism and socialism are characterised, including by yourself, which will undoubtedly be relevant in a court. Because that very charaterisation you regularly employ will be thrown straight at it to demonstrate the point. And never mind that, but if the ideologies are neither inferior nor oppressive, why does teaching them need to be banned? The criterion for banning surely must be that they pose a risk to other people and wider society, otherwise this is just thought policing.
The second is to make an incredibly dubious separation between an ideology and affiliation. What do we think political affiliation is, if not a statement of adhering to views and ideologies? How is the ideology of Marxism dangerous, unless there are Marxists acting on it?
What do you think the practical ramifications are going to be of saying "Marxism is evil" in how people behave towards Marxists? Is this not overtly encouraging prejudice? Have you forgotten that your country has already been there: McCarthyism, HUAC, etc.? How do you think lots of Americans feel towards Muslims generally, even though we know it's only a miniscule proportion that are terrorists? It is simply irrational to think you can teach people to fear and hate an ideology, and then expect them to act with no adverse feelings towards adherents of that ideology.