Tag: cancel culture
In politics as in war, the best defense is a good offense. Conservatism has catastrophically failed to conserve anything because it is an inherently defensive ideology born out of a defensive — if not downright cowardly — mindset. It does not take a political genius to predict that those who want to just be left alone so they can grill in peace will lose to those who want to burn Western civilization to the ground. (more…)
Eugenics & Cancel Culture:
The “De-Naming” of Mead Memorial Chapel
A tempest in a teapot started brewing nearly two years ago at Vermont’s Middlebury College which perfectly exemplifies the weak tea that the conservative movement has been serving these past several decades. College President Laurie Patton effected a clandestine name change of a century-old building on campus. Mead Memorial Chapel was to be renamed (or “de-named”) Middlebury Chapel. The chapel’s name had originally honored John A. Mead, a physician who served as Vermont’s Governor from 1910 to 1912. Both an alumnus and trustee of the college, Mead had contributed most of the money for the chapel’s construction in 1916. (more…)
“Wokeness” is Now Almost as Dangerous as “Racism” for Politicians & Businesses
The results are intriguing, to say the least. For example, the accusation of wokeness has almost 70% of the power of an accusation of racism in terms of respondents’ willingness to actually follow through with boycotting a business.
In recent years an attempt was made to reshape Britain on the model of a totalitarian dictatorship. We were constantly being urged to report each other to the authorities.
This was done by the government, which wanted us to denounce our neighbors if they left their houses more than once a day, and by the police, who did all they could to attract reports of “hate incidents.” (more…)
I wrote in Counter-Currents in 2021 about Professor Kathleen Stock, a philosophy lecturer hounded from her post at my alma mater, the University of Sussex, by student activists for her comments and writings on gender identity. She has recently been “deplatformed” by Oxford University, and has now come under attack from a curious source: the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
You might assume these eggheads would be busy publishing peer-reviewed papers on enzymes, salts, and various reactions in test-tubes, but their remit seems considerably wider in these heady days of woke kangaroo courts. The RSC’s new journal, Digital Discovery, has as its mission statement to publish “theoretical and experimental research at the intersection of chemistry, material science and biotechnology.” (more…)
The (So-Called) New York “Thought Criminals” & the “Intellectual Dark Web”
Every few months or so, a mainstream news outlet rolls out another puff piece on “national conservatism,” Curtis Yarvin and Neoreaction, the “Dimes Square” scene, or the so-called “Intellectual Dark Web” (IDW). These subcultures have little in common apart from the fact that they are all vaguely Right-wing movements that evade the topic of race — and the media are keen to platform alternative political subcultures that do not address demographic displacement. Last year, Vanity Fair published a lengthy article on America’s “New Right” that discussed a range of Dissident Right figures and trends, but did not make a single mention of Counter-Currents or White Nationalism. (more…)
Many people believe in innate racial equality, yet I have never seen an argument made for it. All I have seen are attempts to keep people away from the opposite view, whether by calling it racist pseudo-science, saying that racial differences should not be studied, denying that there is anything to study by saying that there are no such things as races, or condemning a belief in racial differences on the grounds that it entails judgements of superiority and inferiority. To see what line it took, I watched a video produced in 2014 at University College London (UCL) about Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911). (more…)
It’s the age-old story of crabs in a bucket: When one enlightened individual looks up, he sees the expanse of the universe and all its possibilities, but when all the other crabs look up, the ones who aren’t so enlightened only see one individual trying to escape. And they pull him back in.
After Watching Jonah Hill Movie, Kanye West Says He Likes the Jews Again; The Jews Aren’t Impressed
The mystifying success of talentless shlubs such as Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, each of whom has accrued an estimated net worth of $45 million in the entertainment industry by being dauntingly and almost threateningly unentertaining, is only explicable if one wholeheartedly embraces the premise that the Jews run Hollywood. If the Jews didn’t run Hollywood, neither one of these charmless spuds would manage to land even a supporting role in a local dinner-theater production of The Music Man in a small town somewhere on Nebraska’s remote western plains. (more…)
J. K. Rowling, the beloved author of the Harry Potter series of young adult novels, has come under considerable social scorn for her anti-trans stance. She’s had to return awards, has caused firestorms on Twitter, has been threatened by trans women, and has even been cancelled by the Harry Potter franchise that she created. (more…)
Physician, Heal Thyself:
The Persecution of Jordan Peterson
I routinely summarize what people have said to me, and ask them if I have understood properly. — Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life
Don’t talk to me that way. — Patti Smith, Break It Up
Jordan Peterson is not, as we English used to say, everyone’s cup of tea. Many on the political Right don’t know what to make of him, while the Left see two things they don’t understand and therefore don’t like: intelligence and a high-profile opinion divergent from theirs. (more…)