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The New Best Way to Counter-Attack: Trolling

 

A few days ago, I posted about the five ways people respond to political and media attacks. I used malicious falsehoods against Georgia’s new election reform law, and Governor Brian Kemp’s response, as a primary example.

Well, there is a sixth. Actually, it’s just a tactic to deny an attack, but it mixes “Way #1” – an outright denial – with “Way #4,” attacking the credibility of your accuser. And both Canadian psychologist and author Dr. Jordan Peterson and Georgia Republican State Representative Wes Cantrell have demonstrated it beautifully this past week.

Snap Out of It, Part 1

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS
For the Younger Ones: Millennials, Gen X, Y, Z, etc.

“The truth is something that burns –
it burns off deadwood, and people don’t like having
their deadwood burnt off often, because they’re 95% deadwood.”
Jordan Peterson, on The Joe Rogan Experience #958

Book Review: ‘Strange Rites – New Religions for a Godless World’

 

Poll after poll demonstrates declines in religious observance in the United States today, especially in the Millennial age cohort. Some faiths and denominations are declining more quickly than others, with a few holding steady. Are people ceasing to believe any higher powers, or is something else at work? Tara Isabella Burton examines this issue in her new book, Strange Rites – New Religions for a Godless World, just out within the last week. Ms. Burton makes the argument that while adherence to traditionally recognized faiths (particularly Christianity) has declined precipitously, human beings still have a need to believe that the world is “enchanted” and human beings still need the community that shared rituals can offer. So even as adherence to particular faiths is declining, new religions are emerging to fill spiritual longings. Ms. Burton terms this the “Fourth Great Awakening.”

However, these new spiritual practices are at once radically different from anything that gone before, and yet radically American in their forms and ethos. They are also radically self-centered. Her basic thesis is this: the internet provides access to information on practically anything imaginable, and quickly connects like-minded people over any niche interest, allowing us to pick and choose our friends beyond the limited physical circles we have been limited to in the past, but this also allows us to concentrate ourselves, our interests, and our desires, creating a world of information and practice uniquely tuned to ourselves. In short, we can each pick and choose our own practices, rituals, and relationships, creating “remixed” faiths, and it is the “Remixed” whose worlds Ms. Burton illuminates.

This book is, in large part, about charlatans. It’s about capitalism and corporations and the new cutthroat Silicon Valley of spirituality. It’s about people who want to sell us meaning, brand our purpose, custom-product community, tailor-make rituals, and commodify our very humanity. It’s about how the Internet and consumer capitalism alike have produced experientially satiating substitutes – many, though not all of them, poor – for well-developed ethical, moral, and metaphysical systems. It’s about the denatured selfishness of self-care, and the way in which “call-out-culture,” at its worst, serves as the psychic methadone, providing us with a brief and illusory hit of moral belonging…

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If Your Mind Is Hungry to Gnosh On Big Thoughts So just in case there are other insomniacs here, and just in case you like to think about the inadequacies and tragedies of post constructionism and post modernism, or else perhaps you care to think about how it is that the social construction of and […]

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Christina Hoff Sommers is a former philosophy professor and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She’s one of the Femsplainers on the podcast Femsplainers and has a series called the Factual Feminist on YouTube in which she corrects feminist myths within women’s and gender studies with truth and solid research. She and Bridget cover the disturbing rise of contempt within contemporary feminism, the appeal of Jordan Peterson, the erosion of Americans’ desire to protect free speech and democratic processes, why lack of gratitude is such a problem in our society, and the perceived sense of persecution and contagion of hysteria that is being taught in liberal educational systems. They discuss the infantalization of college students, going from common humanity (humanism) to common enemy (tribalism), the attack on centrists, and the fact that history is one long lesson in the dangers of dogma mixed with moral zealotry, distortion and bad information – it leads to fanaticism. They also cover the gender debate, the power dynamics between girls and boys, and why Harvard should have known better. It’s a fascinating conversation and definitely one you shouldn’t miss!

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*No, not that JP. Note: If your goals in life include meeting cute emergency room nurses, having multiple extreme (and painful) injections, getting cool disfiguring injuries and spending quality time with plastic surgeons, please disregard these rules. Preview Open

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(Note: I find the recent goings-on with Patreon to be extremely significant, but it’s recently come to my attention that it’s an issue largely unknown to people who, unlike me, do not spend too much time on YouTube watching those concerned with the “Intellectual Dark Web.” There will be a lot of links in this […]

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In their last episode of the year, the Young Americans arrive at the topic all Internet content gets to eventually: Jordan Peterson. And they do it in-person, a first for this podcast, discussing 12 Rules For Life, Jordan Peterson’s best-selling book, as well as his message and personality more generally.

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Dennis Prager has a great article in The Daily Signal on how the progressive rejection of societal norms is driving their childish antics. Leftists are the only source of their values. Leftists not only believe they know what is right—conservatives, too, believe they are right—but they also believe they are morally superior to all others. […]

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In the NYT today, Bari Weiss has a fascinating look at the “Intellectual Dark Web.” It’s quite a diverse cast of characters, generally drawn together by the ideas of free speech and civil discourse. But the IDW isn’t easily classified as right wing or left wing. There are some names that will be easily recognizable to Ricochet […]

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“On the right, I think we’ve identified markers for people who have gone too far in their ideological presuppositions, and it looks to me like the marker we’ve identified is racial superiority. We know that things can go too far on the Right, and we know that things can go too far on the Left, […]

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I’ve long been a pessimist on the ultimate outcome of the Great American (and indeed Western) Culture War. But recently, I detect some sunshine breaking through the clouds; I’ve begun feeling a bit of optimism. Both pessimism and optimism are probably unwarranted since they imply that we actually have an inkling of an understanding of […]

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