Being an anarchist, I have a natural morbid curiosity about the functioning of statecraft. I follow politics in the same way someone might drive very slowly past the scene of some horrific accident so as not to miss the sight of even one mangled limb. But perhaps even […]
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative Hello all, I was away at the dentist for much of the day. After a decade of non-dentist-going (because I hate going to the dentist), I finally had to give up my cowardice-related boycott — this after suffering some unpleasantry resulting from […]
The role of Maoism in the development of PC culture is often overlooked. Much of the blame is often laid at the feet of the Frankfurt School, particularly Marcuse’s idea of “repressive tolerance,” along with the “language as power” thesis of the postmodernists. Obviously, those have been influences […]
By Jason D. Hill,Quillette In recent years, free speech and inquiry have come under attack on college campuses, ethical relativism has spread, and demands to decolonize syllabi and rid them of canonical white male texts and thinkers have become increasingly common. Hostility to reason, objectivity, and Enlightenment universalism […]
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Sale of Confederate Flags, Despite Knowing This Has First Amendment Problems
If this stands, look for the anarchist circle A symbol to eventually be banned as a hate symbol. By Robby Soave, Reason New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation on Tuesday prohibiting the sale of Confederate flags on public property, including at state and local fairs. […]
By James Lindsay, New Discourses I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why it is that the Woke won’t seem to have a debate or discussion about their views, and I’ve been meaning to write something about it for ages, probably a year at this […]
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter A church in California that has reportedly held worship services indoors with hundreds of attendees not wearing face masks was held in contempt of court and fined. For months, Calvary Chapel of San Jose and its pastor, Michael McClure, have overseen worship […]
By Eric Todisco, People A Los Angeles judge has ruled that L.A. County’s outdoor dining ban will be limited to three weeks as planned, and then must be reassessed by the health department before the ban can be extended. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant […]
This is like one of those deconverted Jehovah’s Witnesses videos.
Some more bread and circuses comedy. Although now that the bread supply has decreased, the ruling class seems to be doubling down on the circuses. Theoretically, I would prefer that all organizations were voluntary (meaning genuinely voluntary, unlike state-capitalist corporations). That means organizations could be as diverse or […]
By Henry George, Quillette A review of Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class by Paul Embery. Polity, 216 pages (November 2020) In the 2019 British general election, the Labour Party was eviscerated, losing 60 seats and handing the Conservative Party a massive 80-seat majority. The […]
Klobuchar, Hirono, Menendez, and Peters: https://archive.vn/zGewE
By Anthony Bernabei, Vanguard Sentinel I once had a conversation with a young woman who said: ” The Constitution and it’s rights only apply to Americans”. This disregardful claim not only damages the perceived integrity of natural rights, which all men are born with, but displays a misunderstanding […]
By Sean Gabb Andrew Percy is a Conservative Member of Parliament and is the “co-chair” of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. Writing in The Jewish Chronicle on the 24th November 2020, he said this about the term Cultural Marxism: I wrote to all Conservative MPs some time […]
James Lindsay is one of the best critics of totalitarian humanism there is, but I don’t agree with the political angle he’s taking in this interview. While Lindsay is a liberal, he’s taking the standard “conservative” position that Biden is simply a frontman that is serving as a […]
The First Amendment survives by one vote. What part of “shall make no law” do the other four not understand? Having a Republican-dominated SCOTUS is probably a good idea as the wider culture (and therefore the elected branches of government) move further toward the cultural faux “left” with […]
By Jonathan Kay, Quillette “While art has long maintained a symbiotic relationship with bourgeois state power, there’s still something deeply unsettling about our supposedly ‘radical’ artists manufacturing consent on behalf of one of our two entrenched capitalist parties,” wrote artist and self-described “culturally agnostic Marxist” Adam Lehrer in […]
I belonged to the ACLU briefly in the 1990s. They’ve always had a big internal debate over “Should we be progressives or should we be actual civil libertarians?” Journalist, Zaid Jilani, discusses how the ACLU’s platforms could change in a post-Trump era.
By Paul Gottfried, Chronicles They may claim Marxist lineage, but Stalin, Castro, and Guevara would have precious little patience for today’s cultural revolutionaries. Is the current left Marxist? In a provocative commentary, Bill Lind explores this genealogical question, and, unless I’m mistaken, the left and much of its […]
By William Lind, Chronicles Our current cultural madness can trace its lineage back to the Frankfurt School, where innovative Marxists developed a new approach to deconstruct Western civilization. A shadow haunts the world. Over the last 75 years it has spread its errors over everything: art, education, music, […]
What do Trumpists, Alt-Rightists, Jacobin magazine, and Brett Weinstein all have in common? They’re all considered to be enemies of the techno-oligarch/new clerisy rising ruling class, and they’ve all been banned by certain powers that be. Jacobin is pro the “pink tide” movements in Latin America so that […]
I am skeptical as to whether “social justice” fundamentalism could have developed outside of the context of WASP culture. And “totalitarian humanism” generally seems to be the most heavily entrenched in historically Protestant countries (the Anglosphere, Germany, the “Lowlands,” and Scandinavia). It seems to be a substitute for […]
The Legion of Decency has returned, although in “woke” rather than Catholic traditionalist form. Tech companies are simply the new Standard Oil of the 21st century.
I can’t say I really have a problem with canceling Kant. If religion is the opium of the masses, then philosophical idealism, moral realism, and deontological ethics are the opium of the intellectuals. By Norbert Bolz, TELOS The art of scandalizing is inexhaustible. In Kant’s Anthropology, there are […]
James Lindsay is probably the best critic of totalitarian humanism that I know of in terms of dissecting its intellectual roots and orientation. Lindsay is not a “conservative” but a Dawkinsesque atheist and a standard-issue progressive who considers the Scandinavian countries to be model societies. The main difference […]
It’s hard to believe the guy who wrote “Manufacturing Consent” and “Necessary Illusions” could be so blinkered. This is a completely clueless conversation that was painful to listen to. It basically amounts to Chomsky, Sam Sedar, and Nomiki Konst claiming that PC culture is merely about being nice […]
By Andrew Sullivan, The Weekly Dish A question I’ve wrestled with this past year or so is a pretty basic one: if critical race/gender/queer theory is unfalsifiable postmodern claptrap, as I have long contended, how has it conquered so many institutions so swiftly? It’s been a staggering achievement, […]
What Pelosi is proposing amounts to creating a committee for the purpose of granting the therapeutic state the power to remove the president from office. The next step would be a committee that approves the “mental health” (ideological conformity) of candidates for public offices. ABC News House Democrats, […]
I have long argued that the end-game of the “politically correct” crowd is a full-blown totalitarian state comparable to fascism and communism. This article is an example. Ibram X. Kendi is an influential figure in the “social justice” movement. The essence of what he is proposing here amounts […]
YouTube issued a statement about how they are upgrading their efforts to merely be a source of legitimation for ruling class ideologies. Those of us involved in dissident politics need to prepare for the day when it becomes impossible to communicate in an open way online, and when […]
This is my assessment of the recent piece by Peter Gelderloos at Crimethinc, “Preparing for Electoral Unrest and a Right-Wing Power Grab.” The Crimethinc article is a great companion piece to the recent commentary by It’s Going Down (which I critique here) and Three-Way Fight (which I had […]
I’m beginning to understand why Pol Pot exterminated the professional class.
The Soviet analogy really isn’t appropriate. Neoliberals are proponents of globalized technocratic state-capitalism, which uses feminism and multiculturalism to meet its human resources needs and construct a self-legitimating ideology. That has nothing to do with Communism.
By Gary Saul Morson First Things Between 1900 and 1917, waves of unprecedented terror struck Russia. Several parties professing incompatible ideologies competed (and cooperated) in causing havoc. Between 1905 and 1907, nearly 4,500 government officials and about as many private individuals were killed or injured. Between 1908 and […]
The conventional media and much of the dissident milieu are focused on Trump’s Nixonian authoritarianism because is Trump is both the President and the bane of dominant ruling class sectors, but other dangers lurk in the form of millenarian progressivism and neocon opportunism. What seems to be going […]
This is a pretty good summary of where postmodern critical theorists stand in relation to the rest of the Left. By Helen Pluckrose I find it very odd when people keep telling me that “the left” is doing something bad with regard to wokeness and applied postmodernism when […]
Tom Woods interviews James Lindsay. Academia, media, science, and technology are the new theocracy. Listen here. James Lindsay joins me to discuss postmodernism, critical theory, and the various fields — like “queer studies,” “disabled studies” and the like — that have made academia into a minefield of untouchable […]
By Yoram Hazony I. The collapse of institutional liberalism For a generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most Americans and Europeans regarded Marxism as an enemy that had been defeated once and for all. But they were wrong. A mere 30 years later, Marxism […]
By Paul Gottfried The American Conservative In a perceptive and properly passionate piece on why “woke capitalism is a vanguard of unfreedom,” Rod Dreher notes that American corporations have become radically totalitarian and socially destructive. In pursuit of intersectional politics and anti-white, anti-male indoctrination, corporate executives now impose […]
Embracing Trumpism as an antidote to the SJW cult is a remarkably bad idea. It’s a minor-league version of the ex-Communists who became right-wing reactionaries in the mid-20th century (which is how we got the Buckleyites and the neocons). What we need is a Stirnerite/Nietzschean left (which is […]
What Ibram X. Kendi is proposing is sounds something like Iran’s Council of Guardians or William Pierce’s idea of the highest body of government being a kind of religious order whose purpose is to enforce ideological purity.
“No cool people allowed on Facebook. Only dweebs, nerds, and losers need apply,” said the Zuck. San Francisco CBS Local OAKLAND (AP) — Facebook said it will restrict the right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon and will no longer recommend that users join groups supporting it, although the company isn’t […]
I feel honored to have already been banned from Facebook. I was ahead of my time, apparently. By Eko Red/Black Notes Social media giant Facebook today banned dozens of anarchist, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist pages after announcing a new crackdown against “anarchist groups that support violent acts”. This crackdown […]
Crimethinc Facebook has taken down multiple Facebook pages they believe to be connected with crimethinc.com and itsgoingdown.org, among other anarchist and anti-fascist publishing projects,1 officially on the pretext that they “support violence.” This has nothing to do with stopping violence and everything to do with suppressing social movements […]
This is a pretty good summary of what is problematic about what is often passed off as the “left” today. The totalitarian humanist left essentially wishes to compromise Enlightenment values like free speech, freedom of religion, due process, etc. for the sake of “repressive tolerance” and to compromise […]