Ben Shapiro Explains the Ridiculous Firing of Kevin Williamson

Ben Shapiro is among the most astute political/social commentators working in the industry/culture today.

In the wake of the Atlantic’s decision to fire conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson, just a week or so after hiring him, Shapiro took to Twitter to explain how the situation can shed light on Donald Trump’s electoral victory in 2016.

Williamson’s firing, Shapiro explains, isn’t the problem… it’s a symptom of a far larger sickness that has taken hold of the modern left.

Here’s Shapiro’s Twitter explanation ‘unrolled’ for easier reading:

Kevin Williamson’s firing is how you got Trump, as well as the alt-right’s near-mainstreaming. Here’s why. (/1)
The Left continues to radically narrow the Overton Window – the spectrum of acceptable discourse. (2/)
They separate discourse into two categories: the acceptable and the unacceptable. Then they shrink the acceptable down to the opinions located between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. (3/)
This necessarily places Kevin Williamson and @bariweiss and @SamHarrisOrg and me and everyone else the Left finds unpalatable into the “excluded” category. (4/)
But the unacceptable category is already populated by those who are actually unacceptable: alt-right trolls, for example. (5/)
This means that the population of opinion in the unacceptable category – let’s call them Deplorables, since the Left does – come to be a majority by way of exclusion. (6/)
Unless, that is, virtuous people who have been excluded by the Left draw distinctions among themselves. Which they should, of course – Kevin and @bariweiss and I and @SamHarrisOrg all get lumped in as Nazis by the Left, but we all fight the actual alt-right Nazis. (7/)
But counting on the virtue of people you’ve just deemed unacceptable not to band together against you is both stupid and unrealistic over time. (8/)
Which means the Left is doing something unethical here, and deeply dishonest – and something that is likely to foster polarization that results in the mainstreaming of truly gross opinions. (9/)
This is how you get a reactionary movement willing to countenance alt-right evil: you tell people they’re part of the alt-right when they’re not, and treat them as such no matter how much of a lie that is. (10/)
What just happened to Kevin Williamson leads conservatives to side with anyone the Left casts out, good or bad, merely as a form of protection. That shouldn’t happen. But it does. And the Left causes it with this bulls***. (END)

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