It’s like the oh-so-delicate students at Berkeley took over the Saudi government.
You’re probably sick to death of hearing about efforts to criminalize speech that someone somewhere might possibly find offensive, and just as sick of the ongoing quixotic crusade against “fake news” on the internet. In the unlikely event those are your two favorite things, Saudi Arabia’s got you covered with a recent crackdown that can only be described as institutionalized snowflake-ism. The details are scant, but Breitbart reports a recent government effort to suppress dissent, which resulted in 22 arrests for “inciting public feelings” online, a move which should see plenty of support from the American left, which collectively agrees that people’s feelings are more important than people’s basic human rights. Likewise, there were separately 24 arrests made of people the Saudi government claims “promote lies” on social media, a spurious charge tantamount to “fake news”.
With the children at UC Berkeley turning the crocodile tears up to 11, citing in-classroom midterm exams as an example of white supremacy, it would seem that Saudi Arabia has picked up the banner of the snowflake, or at least adopted the leftist doublespeak that obfuscates an ongoing attempt to strip people of internationally-recognized basic human rights, like the right to free expression.
While the left waits with bated breath for the Russia witch hunt to produce even a sliver of evidence to support the mounting number of unsubstantiated allegations, seeing a country as progressive as Saudi Arabia – the forward-thinking Saudi government has even permitted women to drive cars – crack down on both inciting feelings and sharing news on social media that doesn’t favor the preferred narrative must feel like a huge win for the liberal agenda.
With any luck, this move will encourage campus liberals across the U.S. to exodus into the loving embrace of a government that shares their core ideology of only allowing speech they agree with, and only accepting the validity of news they want to be true.
Hey, if Saudi Arabia can restrict its citizens’ speech, why can’t we?
Feature Image via the Telegraph