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Woody Allen, Nietzsche, and a Spider the Size of a Buick

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

The Federalist just published my article about Dylan Farrow’s open letter reporting that her father, the acclaimed director Woody Allen, sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old. This is the first time she’s told her story publicly on a scandal that broke in 1992.

We ought to pay special attention to Dylan’s statement: “Imagine a world that celebrates your tormentor.” Because it’s really all about the fallout from our culture of idolatry and celebrity worship. Whether or not guilt can be established in this case, we can be sure of one thing: a system that allows elites to control the lives of others is a system that punishes the innocent. It’s an amoral system that allows some humans to act as gods who may use and abuse others with impunity:

If nothing else, Dylan Farrow’s letter is a wake-up call. It’s time for us to pour a lot of cold water on the notion that the elites those controlling the media, Hollywood, politics, and academia — are entitled to a separate standard of behavior or a separate moral code from everybody else. The biggest equality gap today is really one of accountability and personal responsibility.”

You can read it in The Federalist here:

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