The New York Times has recently stated the need to cancel Aristotle. This is an example of the explicitly totalitarian face of liberal ideology. The demonisation of Western culture and the calls to suppress Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and other great Western thinkers and philosophers are clear symptoms of incipient totalitarianism. Nazism called for the cancellation of Jews, Soviet totalitarianism required the elimination of dissidents. Today, the global liberal order and its underlying liberal ideology strive to cancel almost everything, except for Black Lives Matter, Soros, LGBT, and some selected minorities. The modern West is seeking to destroy the principles and the sources of the pre-modern West.
Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claim that liberalism (or the “liberal world order”) is seeking to suppress Western culture and to cancel great Western thinkers. This message is consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism claiming that liberal societies are (or are becoming) totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments”. This narrative portrays the liberal societies of the West as ideological dictatorships that have imposed a dominant “liberal globalist” ideology and alleges that “the elites” and mainstream media in these societies censor and persecute anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant “politically correct” liberal-globalist thinking. The article also repeats the pro-Kremlin disinformation theme about the West’s moral decadence, materialism, perverted values and hostility to traditional values and religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology). The article claims that a recent op-ed in The New York Times states the need for cancelling Aristotle. The New York Times op-ed states precisely the opposite. Although it criticises Artistotle because the latter defended slavery and opposed the notion of human equality, the op-ed stresses that “we have no reason at all to cancel Aristotle”, that “Aristotle’s place in philosophy syllabuses should be defended” and that “his ethical system may capture truths — for instance, about the importance of aiming for extraordinary excellence”. Furthermore, liberalism does not espouse the “cancellation” of the great philosophers and thinkers of Western or non-Western civilisations. Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on the principle of freedom of conscience and expression, consent of the governed, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), and equality before the law. One of the major achievements of the liberal-democratic societies, and of Europe in particular, is the institutionalisation of tolerance and pluralism, which means the peaceful coexistence of different religions, world-views and value-systems within the same society. Read similar cases claiming that Europe has long lost its civilisation abandoning its Christian roots and its culture and that the West seeks to degrade and discredit traditional values.