Those who control the narrative on what is good and evil, right and wrong, control how people think and where society goes. Progressives are great at this. Conservatives aren’t even in the game. So this isn’t a complaint but instead an analysis that shows you what is happening.
One way progressives control the narrative is by overwhelming society with propaganda that says whenever one of them offends people, you are to praise him. Meanwhile, when a non-progressive offends people, you are to condemn him. After all, progressives offending people means they are creatively moving things forward while non-progressives who offend people are racists, sexists, homophobic, misogynistic bigots.
A recent example of this is how Marvel Comics and Nick Spencer are defending the changes they’re making to Captain America and other characters. The Daily Beast interviewed Spencer on how he’s angered fans with the various changes he’s made to Captain America. Part of his response included the following answer.
It’s always tough. The eternal divide is the reader wants the character to succeed, to be happy, to win. Our job is often to put the characters through things and that can often be mistaken for a lack of respect or care for the character. It’s just the reality of what draws people into these stories, whether you realize it or not, and this is going to be a major test for a lot of characters in the Marvel universe.
Spencer is a progressive and so his changes to Captain America must be good because he is a progressive. If he was a conservative making different changes (say, by making Captain America a Christian who fights progressives) he would automatically be a racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic bigot.
Narrative is key. Control it and you control the debate—you determine where society goes and what people think. And the change to Captain America is a perfect example of how progressives have mastered this important strategy.