Leftists have no right to censure Nazi analogies after four years of making them
Last week, Lucasfilm severed ties with “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano after a hyperbolic social-media post in which she compared current political imperiousness and cancel culture in the United States — and the treatment of “wrong-thinking” Americans who hold views at odds with those of ruling class elites — to the 1930s-era treatment of German Jewry by the Nazi regime. “Most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews,” Carano wrote in her now-deleted post. Let’s stipulate that Carano’s post was over the top. As bad as cancel culture is in the United States in the year 2021, it is both rhetorically inflammatory and dishonorable to the memories of exterminated European Jews to compare the present plight of American conservatives with Kristallnacht (to say nothing, of course, of the Shoah itself). The mere fact that blue-checked conservatives on Twitter often openly joke about being forcibly deported to “the camps” reveals how unlikely such a scenario, in reality, actually is.