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Quillette -- Jordan Peterson and the Failure of the Left by Carol Horton
'...No doubt, I’m not the only person who’s wondered what all the fuss is about, decided to take the time to listen to one of Peterson’s YouTube lectures, and come away feeling that the Left’s commentariat is trying to sell me a fake bill of goods. The gap between Peterson’s obvious intelligence and the Left’s scathing denunciation of him as an alt-right idiot is simply too large for many of us to ignore.'
illiberalism  snark  streisandeffect  cognitivesurplus  internet  discourse 
24 days ago by adamcrowe
The New York Times -- Opinion: Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think by Gerard Alexander
'...Pressing a political view from the Oscar stage, declaring a conservative campus speaker unacceptable, flatly categorizing huge segments of the country as misguided — these reveal a tremendous intellectual and moral self-confidence that smacks of superiority. It’s one thing to police your own language and a very different one to police other people’s. The former can set an example. The latter is domineering. -- This judgmental tendency became stronger during the administration of President Barack Obama, though not necessarily because of anything Mr. Obama did. Feeling increasingly emboldened, liberals were more convinced than ever that conservatives were their intellectual and even moral inferiors. Discourses and theories once confined to academia were transmitted into workaday liberal political thinking, and college campuses — which many take to be what a world run by liberals would look like — seemed increasingly intolerant of free inquiry. -- It was during these years that the University of California included the phrase “America is the land of opportunity” on a list of discouraged microaggressions. -- ... Liberals are trapped in a self-reinforcing cycle. When they use their positions in American culture to lecture, judge and disdain, they push more people into an opposing coalition that liberals are increasingly prone to think of as deplorable. That only validates their own worst prejudices about the other America.' -- Your superiority complex is exceeded only by your inferiority complex
rkselectiontheory  envy  illiberalism  snark  politics  discourse 
4 weeks ago by adamcrowe

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