Rod Dreher outlines the history and significance of the growing politically correct rejection of Confederate monuments -- and indeed, any monuments connected in any way with
European-American or European history and culture. Recently, monuments to Christopher Columbus, St. Junípero Serra, and St. Joan of Arc have been vandalized in the name of fighting white supremacy.
Key excerpt from the Dreher piece: "That’s often what iconoclasm tries to do: erase cultural memory. The zealotry with which iconoclasts go after their targets has to do with their conviction that the image, and what it stands for, is so offensive that it cannot be tolerated, nor can its defenders be reasoned with. They can only be conquered by force."
And that, my friends, is a helpful summary of why Pío Moa is right that Spain's Orwellian Law of Historical Memory is a "despotic and totalitarian law" that has no place in a free society. This law, which requires the removal of all symbols of the Franco regime from public spaces, is a blatant attempt to impose one vision of history on Spanish society. As sad as it has been to see monument after monument to the men and women who saved Spain from communism fall to the forces of political correctness, it's not an altogether surprising turn of events. After all, proponents of the Law of Historical Memory are the intellectual descendants of the Popular Front, which, politically correct propaganda notwithstanding, was always anti-democratic.
Finally, let me end this post on a happier note. Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby. Comic book writer Mark Evanier, who was once an assistant to Kirby, reflects on Kirby's creative process and enduring legacy. Key excerpt: "He inspired those he met and those he didn't. It was better if you did meet him but from afar and even since he passed in '94, many, many people have been motivated to write and/or draw, not necessarily in the same style and not necessarily in the same media. There are prose authors who've told me that they were inspired by Jack, musicians who've told me they were inspired by Jack... I once even had a spot welder tell me he was inspired by Jack." How did Jack Kirby inspire a spot welder? Read the article and find out!
Happy 100th, Jack!