• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    They really do: "I will lie. I will cheat. I will steal. Because that's morally acceptable in this political environment." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhKMi6DexA
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    Just so. The terms for this in woke jargon are "disrupt", "dismantle" and "deconstruct" - all of which are used as synonyms of (and camouflage for) "destroy."
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  • CCTelander's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Fuck you Frank
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    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    What Is and What Should Never Be
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  • CCTelander's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Wait? The leader of the National SOCIALIST German Workers' Party was actually a socialist? Why is this news to anyone?
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:18 PM
    Yep. I wasn't being facetious when I mentioned witch trials. It's getting dark.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    This is not hyperbole. They are flat-out saying so ... ("Truth and Reconciliation Commissions" = "witch trials" ...) https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1313291524629770242 1313291524629770242 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1317614803704115200 1317614803704115200
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:35 PM
    I like how this Conor chap refers to "the Puritan mindset" completely unironically, as tho' the modern left is NOT like 10 seconds away from initiating witch trials against their political enemies.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:21 PM
    Austrian economics is taken seriously. That's why they ignore it.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    They can indeed be applied to pretty much everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING - see this post in this thread for details. The deconstructive element of Critical Theory is an acid bath that can be used to corrode and destroy absolutely anything. Critical Theorists exempt themselves from deconstruction by claiming immunity from deconstruction. They do this on the basis that they are not offering a narrative.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    @wokal_distance on "EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATIC" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1295629934652583936 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1295629934652583936.html 1/ EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATIC! Paw Patrol, Barbie, Dr. Seuss, and Christmas are all problematic, but why?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    In both her fiction and non-fiction, Ayn Rand made more than a few trenchant observations about the kind of "concrete-bound" mentality that seeks to reduce everything to gross physicality (such as mere "bodies" that are "black or brown" - or "meat from the grocery store"). She called such people the "mystics of muscle." Quite apropos, no? Also relevant to all this is the following article at New Discourses: To Boldly Go: Critical Animal Studies, the Final Frontier https://newdiscourses.com/2020/10/boldly-go-critical-animal-studies-final-frontier/ Timon Cline (15 October 2020)
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Yes! - creepy... it's cultish, like they're giving new names to mundane definitions and concepts in order to bestow a certain ceremony upon them, perhaps to convey that they understand them better or more *deeply* than anyone else. It just reeks of hucksterism to me. But I guess that makes sense considering that the entire curriculum is just made-up gibberish.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    I was struck by exactly the same sense when I watched the documentary videos about the events at Evergreen State College (see post #25 in this thread). When the context would call for reference to "people" (either in the abstract, or with respect to particular individuals), the student "activists" would sometimes speak of "black and brown bodies" ... not "people" ... "bodies" ... I found it extremely off-putting and creepy. But I guess that's just my "white privilege" coming through ...
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    The entire modern notion of school is unnatural and ass-backwards, quite frankly.
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    Yesterday, 02:33 PM
    You can be certain that the arrangement of the flag was thus intentional.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 AM
    James Lindsay podcast explaining, as Gad Saad calls it, the DIE religion.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    Why are these people - these mushy, soft-headed pseudo-academic types - always so prone to use utterly meaningless phrases like, "...moving through the world with other living beings..."? Whenever I hear or read tripe like that I'm instantly repelled, and assume I'm in the presence of someone who thinks meat comes from the grocery store. These people are the worst.
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    10-20-2020, 09:39 PM
    https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318734787876691968 1318734787876691968 https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318735701681315847 1318735701681315847 https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318737844001792002 1318737844001792002
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-20-2020, 09:30 PM
    Stealing the Motte: Critical Social Justice and the Principle of Charity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMUzdrQi0yA Subscribe to this podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, or by RSS. There is a rhetorical strategy called the “motte and bailey” that is getting increasingly famous lately. This is because it is one of the central tools of the Critical Social Justice movement. In that strategy, named after a kind of castle, a highly defensible “motte” position, like “we just want to treat people more fairly,” is maintained while also pushing a more radical “bailey” position, like “we need to radically remake our school systems so that no one can fail.” Activists advance the bailey and, when pressed on it, retreat to the motte until scrutiny and pressure go away, at which point they return to the bailey. In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, your host James Lindsay explores the principle of charity in debate and dialogue in the context of the motte-and-bailey rhetorical strategy. His goal is to explain how the game of critical theories is not the same game the rest of us play in broadly liberal societies. In fact, the critical game seeks to disrupt and dismantle the liberal game and replace it with its own. Exploiting the principle of charity is one of the most common ways it can achieve this.
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    10-20-2020, 08:20 PM
    Olbermann playing the spittle-spewing loony again ... (projection is a helluva drug ...) https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/1318679953458622465 1318679953458622465
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-20-2020, 05:22 PM
    Also reported for White Supremacy ("Perfectionism", "Only One Right Way", "Either/Or Thinking").
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-20-2020, 05:16 PM
    Reported for whiteness.
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    10-20-2020, 03:13 PM
    All of which can be encompassed in a simple, two-word phrase favored by the "woke" - and that phrase is "lived experience." "Lived experience" is the distilled essence of "woke" arbitrariness. In fact, I'm going to make this the subject of my next post in the Critical Theory thread. And here it is: The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" A sample:
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    10-20-2020, 03:11 PM
    https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1302755699424931840 1302755699424931840 The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" https://newdiscourses.com/2020/10/poverty-lived-experiences/ I. Karamozov (04 October 2020) Political dissidents who get into arguments with Woke Folk over the exact nature of “systems of oppression” will inevitably find themselves confronted by rhetoric of a sort that often catches them off guard. This rhetoric is, by design, meant to paint political dissidents as myopic stooges who are unwilling to “listen to the Lived Experiences of marginalized people,” thus making them unwittingly complicit in systems of oppression. In this essay, we will explore the concept of “Lived Experiences” (capitalized and scare-quoted) as understood by Woke Folk, and why this conceptualization is fundamentally deficient. Political dissidents would be well advised to consider the arguments of this essay with care, as “Lived Experiences” are foundational to Woke Ideology; indeed, dismantling Woke notions of “Lived Experiences” may be the single most effective means of preserving the integrity of liberal democratic institutions from Woke encroachment. Consequently, a firm understanding of the topic and of how to address it when engaging with Woke ideology will be the focus of this essay. Before we can address what the concept of “Lived Experiences” entails, however, we must address its function. As was mentioned in an earlier essay, the empirical claims that are made by Woke Folk seldom survive evidential and analytical scrutiny. This is a problem for ideas in a culture which values such things as evidence and reasoned argument (as opposed to arguments from authority and moral blackmail.) Evidence and reasoned argument are the currency with which ideas earn their right to be taken seriously in liberal democracies. The tenets of Woke ideology, which are in frequent conflict with both, must therefore somehow be made adaptable to an environment which is hostile to dogmatic proclamations of unsubstantiated certainty, and the concept of “Lived Experiences” is the mechanism intended to achieve this.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-20-2020, 02:48 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Ways of Knowing" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1306880707030024192 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1306880707030024192.html 1/ "Ways of knowing" If you want to know why the Woke ignore statistics, science, facts, and reason, and instead use feelings, emotions, intuition, and "lived experience" then you need to know what the woke mean by "ways of knowing."
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-20-2020, 01:51 PM
    Garrison didn't make an "argument," he made a cartoon - a cartoon contrasting Biden's statement about Antifa with the shooting in Denver. The tattoo wasn't being presented as "evidence" of anything. Garrison's implication of Antifa was made via the label on the gun, not via the tattoo. Except for the tattoo, there is nothing in the cartoon that indicates what (if any) actual person or event is being represented. The purpose of the tattoo is to ground the representation in the Denver shooting by Dolloff. The point of the cartoon is that Dolloff (as identified by the tattoo) is Antifa (as alleged by the big red "ANTIFA" label on the gun) - and that Antifa is thus not "just an idea."
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    10-20-2020, 12:22 PM
    YES
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