The New Smear Machine: Guilt by Association
One of the favourite tactics of the far-left in the West today is to carry out hit-jobs by utilising the tool of 'adjacency.' This is the new only slightly fancy term for what has usually been known as 'guilt by association'. Where there was once an agreement that people should be held responsible for their own views, now they can apparently be held responsible for the views of anyone beside whom they once stood.
So, for instance, last month Jordan Peterson was denied a visiting
fellowship at Cambridge University because he had once been photographed (at a
post-speaking event meet-and-greet) with somebody wearing a T-shirt saying 'I'm
a proud Islamophobe'.