Students Proactively Canceling Cancel Culture

 

Stumbled upon this site yesterday. Please check out the only, to my knowledge, university student group with the backbone to fight the mob. Feel free to use the graphic on the left, one I created as a Facebook header. Here is their mission statement:

Some things are too sacred to surrender to the mob, and the free exchange of ideas is one of them. The Chicago Thinker challenges the mob’s crusade against free speech by publishing thoughtful conservative and libertarian commentary, in addition to fact-driven reporting.

Check out their ‘About Us‘ story.

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  1. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Well that is a breath of fresh air.  I’m going to add it to my list of sites I visit regularly.  

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  2. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Well that is a breath of fresh air. I’m going to add it to my list of sites I visit regularly.

    Great! Hope many from the Ricochet community wil do so as well. I have this site on my brower’s homepage,

     

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  3. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

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  4. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

    Agree, free speech is the foundational issue.

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  5. Mark Camp Member
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    oleneo65 (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

    Agree, free speech is the foundational issue.

    Or, Truth is, and free speech is built on that foundation.  If young minds are free to hear both what is true and why the lies of their slavemasters are lies, then they will recognize the truth on their own, and be freed to seek truth.

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  6. Doctor Robert Member
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    Just spent 20 minutes perusing, reading, reflecting on their website.  Jeez, these kids are brave. Good to see.

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  7. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Just spent 20 minutes perusing, reading, reflecting on their website. Jeez, these kids are brave. Good to see.

    So great to see your comments. Please spread the good news to all you know.

     

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  8. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    oleneo65 (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

    Agree, free speech is the foundational issue.

    Or, Truth is, and free speech is built on that foundation. If young minds are free to hear both what is true and why the lies of their slavemasters are lies, then they will recognize the truth on their own, and be freed to seek truth.

    Agree! Please spread the good news about this website.

     

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    I saw a couple of the students on Fox News, and they are very impressive. University of Chicago has spearheaded a few programs for free speech, and I’m so happy to see the students speaking out. Thanks for the post!

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  10. Mark Camp Member
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    oleneo65 (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    oleneo65 (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

    Agree, free speech is the foundational issue.

    Or, Truth is, and free speech is built on that foundation. If young minds are free to hear both what is true and why the lies of their slavemasters are lies, then they will recognize the truth on their own, and be freed to seek truth.

    Agree! Please spread the good news about this website.

     

    I just bookmarked it and spread the good news to my wife, who is now reading it.

    I read one article, about the principles and the practical considerations around secession.  It was very good.  I wish we could get some of these people to subscribe.  Or just to write.  I will earmark the funds.  But don’t tell them. First see if they will pay to write for us. 

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  11. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):
    Or, Truth is, and free speech is built on that foundation.

    I agree. It’s interesting, though, that a similar statement is made by those who favor restricting speech. The buzzword of the rising technocratic elite is “misinformation,” and that’s the banner under which they advocate censorship. They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers. Most of us here know how poorly that works. But there’s a generation of young, smart, self-confident, but historically ignorant technocrats for whom every old bad idea seems fresh and new.

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  12. Foghorn Coolidge
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    Nice to see more of the younger generation standing up to be counted. There is hope for the future of this country still.

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  13. Foghorn Coolidge
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    Foghorn (View Comment):

    Nice to see more of the younger generation standing up to be counted. There is hope for the future of this country still.

    And I just watched that hour long piece by Jason Riley about Thomas Sowell last night. In there he introduces a young rapper whose majority influence for his work is Sowell. Maybe our conversation last week or so ago about giving up hope was a little more emotional than needed and some out there in the up coming generations will preserve this American experiment a bit longer. 

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  14. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Foghorn (View Comment):

    Foghorn (View Comment):

    Nice to see more of the younger generation standing up to be counted. There is hope for the future of this country still.

    And I just watched that hour long piece by Jason Riley about Thomas Sowell last night. In there he introduces a young rapper whose majority influence for his work is Sowell. Maybe our conversation last week or so ago about giving up hope was a little more emotional than needed and some out there in the up coming generations will preserve this American experiment a bit longer.

    Yep, I viewed that great video in the last two weeks. Thomas Sowell’s words should be taught in all levels of education. He is a giant intellect, so enjoy his work.

     

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  15. oleneo65 Coolidge
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    oleneo65 (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Excellent. Never mind global warming, racism, income inequality, etc., etc. This, free speech and the free exchange of ideas, is the great issue of our day.

    Agree, free speech is the foundational issue.

    Or, Truth is, and free speech is built on that foundation. If young minds are free to hear both what is true and why the lies of their slavemasters are lies, then they will recognize the truth on their own, and be freed to seek truth.

    Hey Mark, I need one more like to promote this thread to the Recommended Member list. If you’ve not ‘liked’ the original post, I’d appreciate you doing so. Thanks in advance.

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  16. Mark Camp Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree.  I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

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  17. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree. I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

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  18. Mark Camp Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree. I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

    Henry,

    Yes, I over-generalized. Leftism has leaders and enablers who are unaware that they are enablers.

    Mark

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  19. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree. I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

    Henry when you attempt to debate with them what occurs? Do they listen at all? Or are they quick to let you know that you are morally inferior, and a racist and therefore nothing you have to say should even be heard?

    You use the word “ignorant” which is the exact word that should be used to describe those on the Left. As ignorance, at its root, indicates a willful avoidance of knowledge.

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  20. Henry Racette Contributor
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree. I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

    Henry when you attempt to debate with them what occurs? Do they listen at all? Or are they quick to let you know that you are morally inferior, and a racist and therefore nothing you have to say should even be heard?

    You use the word “ignorant” which is the exact word that should be used to describe those on the Left. As ignorance, at its root, indicates a willful avoidance of knowledge.

    Carol, the individuals I know and with whom I’ve discussed it tend to be in that technocratic elite: young, smart, over-educated, Silicon Valley types who are supremely confident in their impoverished worldview. They believe that complex systems can be managed, because they’re smart and they’re accustomed to dealing with simple things like electronics and computers and technology.

    They’re smart, but blinkered. I don’t think they know what to do with someone who is smart but lacks their respect for academia and technocratic management. As you seem to surmise, they fairly quickly turn to moral preening and accusation, leaping to the conclusion that I’m an insufferable bigot. I get a lot of the “so what you’re saying…” kind of nonsense.

    I don’t doubt that they think they’re on the moral high ground. But I also don’t doubt that they know little to nothing of history and have little to no understanding of human nature as history has revealed it.

    So, no, the conversations tend not to be very productive.

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  21. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    They seem to have insufficient faith in the ability of truth to prevail, generally, in the marketplace of ideas, and so favor a strategy of information management, of picking the winners and the losers.

    I disagree. I believe that the goal of the modern intellectual left isn’t for truth to prevail, but for lies to prevail and truth to be concealed.

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

    Henry when you attempt to debate with them what occurs? Do they listen at all? Or are they quick to let you know that you are morally inferior, and a racist and therefore nothing you have to say should even be heard?

    You use the word “ignorant” which is the exact word that should be used to describe those on the Left. As ignorance, at its root, indicates a willful avoidance of knowledge.

    Carol, the individuals I know and with whom I’ve discussed it tend to be in that technocratic elite: young, smart, over-educated, Silicon Valley types who are supremely confident in their impoverished worldview. They believe that complex systems can be managed, because they’re smart and they’re accustomed to dealing with simple things like electronics and computers and technology.

    They’re smart, but blinkered. I don’t think they know what to do with someone who is smart SNIP

    I don’t doubt that they think they’re on the moral high ground. But I also don’t doubt that they know little to nothing of history and have little to no understanding of human nature as history has revealed it.

    So, no, the conversations tend not to be very productive.

    I have kept up a friendship with a guy I first met as an impoverished street musician years ago. He was funny and charming, and people were drawn to him like moths to a flame.

    He moved from the MidWest to Austin. There while down on his luck, a group of slightly older computer programmers took him under their wing to teach him programming.

    We re-connected when we both ended up living in California.

    One day I did a hypothetical “What if you knew a really personable fun person and years later they had become a stuffed shirt?” (I don’t think I did a good job of hiding where I was coming from.)

    He replied, “Once a person has full control over another being’s autonomy, even if that being is a machine, and that is the Universe they inhabit for a decade, they have a tendency to be a control freak. It also doesn’t help matters if their machine control results in people showering them with money and telling them they are super smart.”

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  22. TBA Coolidge
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    [snippery] 

    Mark, of course you could be correct, at least in many instances. But I know several of these people, and think them well-intentioned and deeply ignorant.

    Henry when you attempt to debate with them what occurs? Do they listen at all? Or are they quick to let you know that you are morally inferior, and a racist and therefore nothing you have to say should even be heard?

    You use the word “ignorant” which is the exact word that should be used to describe those on the Left. As ignorance, at its root, indicates a willful avoidance of knowledge.

    Carol, the individuals I know and with whom I’ve discussed it tend to be in that technocratic elite: young, smart, over-educated, Silicon Valley types who are supremely confident in their impoverished worldview. They believe that complex systems can be managed, because they’re smart and they’re accustomed to dealing with simple things like electronics and computers and technology.

    They’re smart, but blinkered. I don’t think they know what to do with someone who is smart SNIP

    I don’t doubt that they think they’re on the moral high ground. But I also don’t doubt that they know little to nothing of history and have little to no understanding of human nature as history has revealed it.

    So, no, the conversations tend not to be very productive.

    I have kept up a friendship with a guy I first met as an impoverished street musician years ago. He was funny and charming, and people were drawn to him like moths to a flame.

    He moved from the MidWest to Austin. There while down on his luck, a group of slightly older computer programmers took him under their wing to teach him programming.

    We re-connected when we both ended up living in California.

    One day I did a hypothetical “What if you knew a really personable fun person and years later they had become a stuffed shirt?” (I don’t think I did a good job of hiding where I was coming from.)

    He replied, “Once a person has full control over another being’s autonomy, even if that being is a machine, and that is the Universe they inhabit for a decade, they have a tendency to be a control freak. It also doesn’t help matters if their machine control results in people showering them with money and telling them they are super smart.”

    This is the price of unearned self-esteem. 

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