George Orwell has turned out to be more of a fortune teller or oracle than a mere author.
The radical Left is turning dystopian novels like 1984 and Animal Farm from fiction into reality.
And now Orwell is turning over in his grave after Gen Z took this stance on one of the values Orwell held most dear.
The “Selfie Generation” or the “Self-Censor Generation?”
George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning against government overreach and the erosion of freedom of speech.
Unfortunately, new numbers suggest America’s youth isn’t heeding that warning – possibly because teachers are too busy lecturing about Critical Race Theory, and asking about preferred pronouns, to teach classic literature that could be applicable to the real world.
As it turns out, Gen-Z – those born from 1997 onward – is happy to give up their freedoms, if it means protecting the feelings of so-called “aggrieved communities.”
In fact, according to a new survey from The Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, Gen-Z is the first generation in American history to fight for less rights than their parents’ generations enjoyed.
Half of Zoomers don’t want free speech
In the survey, respondents from different generations were asked if they agree or disagree with the statement, “My fear of losing my job or reputation due to something I said or posted online is a justified price to pay to protect historically disadvantaged groups.”
"The steady erosion of free speech values is generational. Today’s young people are far more censorious than those of 1980 or even 2000, and they won’t grow out of it. While Zoomers are scared of being cancelled, they accept this risk as part of their political ideology." pic.twitter.com/Psj6TwThBu
— Jake 🇺🇸 (@omni_american) May 3, 2023
The poll found that half of Gen-Z respondents agreed with the woke premise.
It was the only generation with a majority of those polled answering in the affirmative.
Interestingly, there was a direct correlation between agreeing with the statement and the respondents’ age.
Simply put, the younger the respondent, the more likely they were to agree to give away their rights in the name of so-called “equity.”
About 40% of those polled between the ages of 26 and 30 years old are willing to have their right to free speech regulated by the whims of the left-wing outrage mob.
That number goes down to about 30% for 31-50 year olds, just 20% for those between the ages of 51-60, and a mere 10% for anyone over 61 years old.
Make Orwell fiction again
Part of the problem is Gen Z doesn’t understand what “censorship” means.
They complain that conservatives like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are supposedly “banning books,” however, that’s simply not reality.
Removing sexually explicit content – like books that vividly described sex scenes between underage characters, and depict actual pedophilia – from government school libraries is not a ban on a book.
It’s literally no different than making Playboy or Hustler available in high school boys’ locker rooms.
The "consequences" for the Northwestern University College Republicans for the flyer they posted for a talk they invited me to give a couple of days ago are that they got their funding frozen indefinitely by the student government and face investigation.https://t.co/1EKUR26eZy
— James Lindsay, Reformer (@ConceptualJames) May 4, 2023
However, threatening to riot if a conservative speaker steps foot on your campus is censorship.
If supposed “hate speech” isn’t protected free speech, then there is no free speech.
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness,” Orwell wrote in 1984. “And for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.