In a recent thread—the context is unimportant—commenter Chris facetiously wrote that “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” is an anagram for “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.” My mind working the way it works, and being incapable of anagrams myself, I immediately went to an online anagram generator, and typed in “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.”
The page, Wordplays’ Anagramer, told me that there were no anagrams for that phrase, which is, of course, isn’t true. [UPDATE: See below] “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” isn’t one of them, but there are thousands, my favorite being (courtesy of a the ethical anagram generator here), “Deriding Hog-thrown Lint.” I always deride hog-thrown lint myself.
I amguessing that the only reason Wordplays refused to give me the anagrams I requested was that it decided that I shouldn’t have the right to even write or think the phrase “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.” Somewhere in programming their site the social justice warrior totalitarians have decided that “bad words” and “bad ideas” can’t be used or thought about, even in jest. Even in an anagram!
‘First they came for “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong, ” and I did nothing. Then they came for “Deriding Hog-thrown Lint.”‘
This isn’t funny, this is scary. There is a large and growing segment of the American public, many quite powerful, who believe in social change by constriction of words and thought. They see technology as their ally, and those who run technology companies show every sign of being such.
These are enemies to democracy and our liberties as defined by our Founding documents, our traditions and history.
They aren’t enemies because they block anagrams due to their crippling political correctness and arrogance. That just means they are silly fools. They are enemies because they don’t think using their power to interfere with the speech and thoughts of others is wrong. They think they are doing good.
And if they can–if we let them—they will warp our culture using laws, intimidation, indoctrination and, of course, technology until everyone believes that controlling words and thoughts is good.
If you think this is just about anagrams, you’re dangerously naive.
UPDATE: Commenter/Blogger Windypundit, who is surely more savvy in these matters than I am, writes in the comments,
I went over to the Wordplays Anagrammer site to play with it. The thing is, I can’t reproduce your results. When I enter the phrase “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” it displays hundreds and hundreds of anagrams.
Maybe it was just a glitch? …I thought maybe it didn’t work in some browsers, but it worked in all five I tried.
I don’t know what’s going on. I tried twice, and got a “No anagrams found” message. I will assume that it’s me, not them.
The general position of my post stands, however. Even if the web isn’t censoring anagrams, there is a lot of manipulation going on.
Many thanks to Windypundit for the research and the report.