17 March 2023

The Woke Rewrite Literature Because They Can't Write

The erasing of literature was predicted in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. From Frontpage Magazine: Wokes Can’t Beat the Culture They’re Destroying: They want to rewrite old books because they can’t equal them.

To understand just how much the Woke Scolds can't write, all you have to do is look at all of the reboots/sequels/prequels/whatever coming out of what passes for Hollywood. They are intellectually bankrupt. With any luck, they will be financially bankrupt soon and will stop plaguing us with their insanity.

The recent controversies over politically correct rewrites of James Bond novels and Roald Dahl’s children’s books highlights just how dependent a woke culture industry is on the works of dead white men, like Dahl, Fleming and Tolkien, who were anything but politically correct.

Or even living, but currently politically incorrect white women, like J.K. Rowling.

Woke culture has filled every school with graphic sexual books like Beyond Magenta and Lawn Boy which describe 8 and 10-year-olds having sex, but can’t generate any of its own classics.

And this was all predicted in Fahrenheit 451.

Pretending you can “stay happy all the time” was another social norm driving popular demand for censorship in Fahrenheit 451. Beatty explains,
“[Censorship] didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time.

Bradbury also predicted the quest for Equity over Equality Before the Law.

In Bradbury’s future, intellectuals came under scrutiny when ideas conflicted. The word “intellectual” became a “swear word.” The public dreaded “the unfamiliar” and disdained a world where merit mattered. Again, Bradbury has Beatty explain the mindset behind such thinking:
“We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. Who knows who might be the target of the well read man?”

If you haven't read Fahrenheit 451, or haven't read it recently, I can recommend it. It is much closer to coming true than Nineteen Eighty-Four, though that is probably a close second with Brave New World not out of the running.

This is what Bradbury himself had to say:

Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by the minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the library closed forever.

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