Galileo and Socrates – two men who were known iconoclasts, who bucked the dominant Cultural Narrative of their time. Who questioned the virtue of widely held beliefs. Galileo questioned the very construction of our universe. Socrates went so far as to question whether democracy was universally good in all situations. Not the most politically correct of views, especially at the time.
Can you imagine the Social Justice Warriors heads exploding nowadays if someone questioned the virtue of ideals like universal suffrage and equality?
SJWs and Progressives don’t like it when anyone questions things which they believe that “obviously” must be true. Think it’s safe to say that people like Galileo and Socrates, Voltaire and others, would have drawn the ire of such groups if they lived in modern times. Indeed, many of history’s most revered thinkers were iconoclasts … they stood alone, willing to challenge commonly held beliefs in the pursuit of truth, without need for rallies or hashtags or angry mobs.
The funny thing about the Mob is that it never realizes it is the mob. And that is exactly what Feminists and Progressives and SJWs are: our modern version of the mob. Those angry and irate souls who feel so aggrieved, coming together to rile each other up, hunting down those that disagree, and seeking to persecute them for not “falling in line.”
A trip through history reveals that there has typically been some sort of mob at any given time, usually simmering beneath the surface then rearing its ugly head once a certain critical mass has been reached. And they always exhibit those characteristics listed in the last sentence of the preceding paragraph.
The Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. The Spanish Inquisition. Antifa. The Athenian mob that brought down Socrates. The modern Progressive/Feminist/SJW movement.
All just variants of the same phenomena.