James A. Lindsay is a co-author of the Grievance Studies, a project designed to expose the politicized corruption within social justice geared humanities scholarship by creating bogus academic papers and submitting them to academic journals in the areas of cultural, queer, race, gender, fat, and sexuality studies. He and Bridget have a fascinating discussion about the dogmatism of atheists, the Feminist Glaciology paper that radicalized him, the assault on science, the fascism creeping in from both sides – the left and the right, and why everything we think we know about reality might be wrong. James explains post-modernism and why fitting in matters ten times more to people than being right. Bridget expounds upon why the idea that language is violence and a tool of oppression that must be regulated, strikes terror into her heart. And together they lament the isolation and loneliness of thinking for yourself in today’s culture of ideological tribalism. This is a brilliant deep dive into why intersectional social politics are a toxic way to look at the world and lead to competitive victimhood, the corruption in scholarship that’s fueling the whole social justice, progressive, activist universe, and the doomsday cults of the far left and the far right.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Member

    Having been a university press editor for the past 35 years, I could not be more thankful for Lindsay et al.’s work. And like you both, I feel extremely isolated–try being an old lesbian who thinks for herself; it ain’t fun.

    I like to remind myself of Polonius’s advice to Laertes in Hamlet:

    This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

    The word then in this context provides all the commentary you need, for being false to any man means being false to oneself, which is a recipe for psychic pain, like that of Hamlet himself.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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  2. Member

    Loved the discussion! When you brought up “competitive victimhood,” I learned a new term. 

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    • February 9, 2019 at 6:40 am
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  3. Member

    I enjoyed this conversation very much.

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    • February 11, 2019 at 11:30 am
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  4. Coolidge

    Fascinating topic, terrible podcast: about 132 minutes long! If I’d had a transcript I would have skimmed 90% of it, especially the long digression about the many flaws of Twitter. I ended up not learning much more about the “Grievance Studies” project than I learned from the abstract, above.

    Ironically, the project itself goes far to disprove the point made by both participants during the podcast, that “fascism [is] creeping in from both sides — the left and the right“ (as the abstract puts it). Obviously, suppression of free speech and free thought is coming almost entirely from one side. 

    Similarly, the participants refer to progressives and Trump supporters as both examples of “doomsday cults“.

    But the progressives’ “doomsday” is a preposterous fantasy; for example, The Handmaid’s Tale.

    While, as society continues to lurch to the left, the conservatives’ “doomsday“ is very real.

    In the U.K., people have been arrested for the wonderfully Orwellian crimes of “misgendering“ — calling a man, who claims to be female, a man — and “deadnaming” — calling a man, who claims to be female, by a former, male name. In the U.S., this sort of thoughtcrime can only get you thrown off Twitter, but it’s early days yet! 

     

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    • February 13, 2019 at 9:59 am
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  5. Lincoln

    One of your best podcasts. I for one am glad it went on for over 2 hours. Great conversations are worth the time. Well done. Cheers.

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    • February 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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