The SPLC’s Mark Potok admitted something disgraceful in an otherwise unrelated news story:
Groups must have ideologies that malign an entire group of people to be included on the map, and they must be actively promoting their ideas and attracting a larger audience than a single person, Potok said.
“Most of the groups — probably the vast majority — do not engage in criminal violence,” he said.
In other words, to be a hate group, you need only to have an opinion that contradicts a certain Leftist narrative. This is itself a form of bigotry, or judging people by category and assuming they lack the ability to contribute. In this case, it is mere political bigotry.
The idea of hate crimes, hate groups and “racism” is slowly passing into history — on the wrong side. People invested good faith in struggling against their instincts and common sense, but the last few years have revealed that these terms — and related terms like sexist, homophobe and transphobe — are merely manipulative propaganda, or “speech policing” in order to deflect criticism of the ideological paradigm of the current Establishment.
As liberal democracy enters its twilight phase, expect more such illusions to fall.