The White House and a host of celebrities have decided to give the nation a great big “nudge” on the topic of sexual assault through the “It’s On Us” campaign. The idea promoted in the video, that we can “stop sexual assault” – without qualification, this can only mean all sexual assault for all time – is about on the same level as the notion that “terror” or “drugs” can be defeated in a war. Anti-drug PSAs have been on television since the 1980s; their effects are minimal at best and in fact counterproductive in some cases. That hasn’t stop them from being produced even to this day.
Every rational person knows that there will never be an “end” to sexual assault, just as there will never be a victory in the “war on drugs.” A government that is trying to get you to believe such absurdities may be preparing you to accept atrocities as well. The absurdity of the “war on drugs” has led to the atrocity of America’s prison system, one of the most brutal in the world, in which non-violent drug offenders are subject to assault, rape and murder every day. It has also, with other currents, contributed to the militarization of local police. After all, a war needs to be fought by a military.
What atrocities are being prepared by those who believe that sexual assault can actually cease as the result of a political propaganda campaign? We see glimpses already in the totalitarian atmosphere of college campuses. There men accused of sexual assault are presumed guilty until proven innocent, are denied the right to face their accuser, are not judged by their peers, and are denied due process and a fair trial. This is on top of campus speech codes, mandatory indoctrination sessions, and other things repugnant to the Bill of Rights. Even all of this isn’t enough, hence the intervention of the White House and Hollywood. This is what the “war on sexual assault” looks like.
Political Realist therefore declares war on declarations of war, and encourages its readers to develop creative and realistic solutions to problems such as drug abuse and sexual assault.