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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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.

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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!

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jordan Peterson v. The Catholic Hierarchy – The Grudge Match

 

In my occasional wanderings on social media, I’ve noticed a certain dismissive or snarky narrative cropping up from members of the Catholic clergy about Dr. Jordan Peterson. Though many admire his intellect, Dr. Peterson comes in for a lot of tut-tutting, tsk-tsking, dismay and disappointment because he won’t emphatically state that he is a Christian or that he believes in God.

Peterson, is a well-read intellectual grounded in years of listening to his clinical patients and who has adhered to a fairly rigorous scientific methodology. For those who have spent any time watching him speak before a large audience, debate or respond to sometimes hostile interviewers, it’s evident that Peterson thinks very carefully before he speaks. At times, one can even see him struggling as his dancing fingers appear to search the ether around him for just the right word to accurately express his thoughts accompanied by an oft repeated question, “…how would you say…?” Peterson has indeed been reluctant to answer whether he believes in God, as he says, because he’s not sure what his interrogator means by the terms “believe” and “God” or if the intent of the interrogator is to pigeon-hole him or immediately embrace him as a member of his particular faith or version of Christianity. Some may find Peterson’s reluctance to be evasive and perhaps even cowardly. I find it refreshing and intellectually honest.

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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Wrong to Support Jordan Peterson or Buy His Vile Book

 

Whitcoulls, a major New Zealand bookstore chain has curtailed sales of mean, angry white man, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s international best-selling and deceptively entitled self-help book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos because of the recent massacre in Christchurch where 50 Muslims were killed by a crazed individual who stated, among other things, in his pre-massacre manifesto, that he describes himself as an ethno-nationalist, fascist, and an admirer of the current political system in Communist China. He seems to have made no mention of Dr. Peterson, his book, or his many videos…as yet.

As the bookstore chain stated on their website:

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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin Leaving Patreon

 

In the video, Peterson and Rubin discuss their reasons for leaving the Patreon crowdfunding platform, which has been very beneficial for both of them. Peterson has stated in other videos that he makes approximately $80,000/month on the Patreon platform. Peterson has also stated that he makes roughly between $35,000 to $50,000 per appearance for his lectures or on-stage discussions and he additionally has a business that garners roughly $200,000/month in revenue.

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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A professional foul in soccer is defined as a deliberate act of foul play intended to bring about an advantage for the perpetrator’s team. In the current crisis of the Catholic Church, professional fouls abound. In the past couple of years, I’ve become intrigued (as hundreds of thousands of others have) with Dr. Jordan Peterson’s re-approach to the […]

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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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Birtherism versus RussiaRussiaRussia, proper humility for kids, mutual discomfort in the co-ed workplace, American aspiration, and aggregate parenting. Links Preview Open

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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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Enjoy. Please note that the sound for some reason was intentionally turned off during his entrance when he received a standing ovation. Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bret Weinstein v. Evergreen State College

 

Background — In May of this year, liberal professor Bret Weinstein, a molecular biologist, was surrounded and threatened by a motley group of belligerent and foul-mouthed Evergreen State College social justice student activists because he had published an email stating his refusal to leave campus and stop teaching on a day that was set aside for black students only. Weinstein, quite rightly, pointed out the problems with this new form of racial segregation. Google’s Human Resources department, which holds racially- and gender-based segregated workshops may want to learn from what took place at Evergreen.

In late July, Weinstein filed a $3.8 million lawsuit against the institution. From Reason.com: