Reap What You Sow

The Weekly Standard has an excellent review of the social justice protests at Evergreen State College, as it highlights some of the history of radicalism that set the stage of the anti-Weinstein protests.  While the protests have helped people see the authoritarian and irrational foundations of the social justice movement,  I think there is something else to consider.

The Weekly Standard notes:

Weinstein later described himself to Carlson as a “deeply progressive person” who had supported socialist-leaning Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries.

According to an article from the College Fix:

Keep in mind, Weinstein is a self-described liberal atheist.

And according to the NYT:

Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

These points are made to showcase just how radical and unhinged the protesters are.  But they also illustrate something else – Weinstein is experiencing the fruits of his own political ideology.

Is Weinstein oblivious to the fact that if Sanders was to get elected, the social justice movement would take control of just about every federal agency?  Is he oblivious to the fact that Sanders would appoint judges who would be very sympathetic to the causes of the social justice students who protested his class?  Is he oblivious to the fact that a Sanders presidency would massively empower and encourage those in the radical social justice movement?

Can he be so blind?

It sure looks to me like Weinstein is a social justice atheist who found himself on the receiving end of his own political ideology.   Given that Weinstein is obviously intelligent and a scientist, you would think this experience would cause him to question the core assumptions and beliefs of his own political ideology.

But I bet you is doesn’t.  Social justice activists like Weinstein don’t think rationally about these things.  Instead, he’s more likely to believe that in order to keep the social justice train running, we simply need to get the social justice activists like his students under control.  That is, exploit the public pushback to put them on a leash and only unleash them on the forces of capitalism and religion.

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7 Responses to Reap What You Sow

  1. Kevin says:

    “only unleash them on the forces of capitalism and religion.”

    Not “religion” because they will never target Islam. You won’t see the left performing sting operations trying to find a Muslim pizzeria that won’t cater to a gay wedding. You won’t see Bernie Sanders asking a Muslim if believing Islam is exclusive is Christophobic.

    The only way we’ll ever see Islam treated the same as Christianity is if the majority of Muslims becomes white, with a large percentage being politically conservative. Then suddenly Islam will be oppressive.

  2. pennywit says:

    Perhaps if today’s left-wing activists recalled the long-held liberal values of free speech ….

  3. grodrigues says:

    Nikolay Yezhov was the depraved monster Stalin used in the Great Purge of 1937-1938 of the party and the army to liquidate the generation of Lenin of old bolsheviks (and hundred thousands more). In the end 1938, Stalin calls Beria to purge the party from the purgers who had grown too powerful for Stalin’s paranoid tastes; Yezhov fell from grace in 1939, and his cadre of protegés fell with him. Sebag-Montefiore puts in the mouth of Yezhov a complaint about his former “friends” that goes something like this: “I never realized the depthness of their viciousness.” He quickly broke under torture and confessed to all crimes, real and imaginary. He faced a secret, mock-up trial and was executed in the basement of a small NKVD station.

    I remembered this little cautionary tale about revolutionaries eating up their own.

  4. Bilbo says:

    When Christians refuse to speak out against social injustices, they create a vacuum that is then filled by atheists. Right now the Christian Right has supported a party that is intent on dismantling what is left of our social safety net, increasing our already huge military budget, and providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the top 0.1%. And they voted over 80% for a man who in 2016 denied that he knew who David Duke was, even though in 2000 he called Duke a racist and a bigot. Yes, Christians, you reap what you sow.

  5. TFBW says:

    It sure looks to me like Weinstein is a social justice atheist who found himself on the receiving end of his own political ideology.

    Janice Fiamengo comes to much the same conclusion.

    Weinstein assumed that the major threats came from theistic religion and political conservatism, so he got blind-sided. His body language in the footage which shows him being confronted by the mob outside his classroom is fascinating: he does this reach over his head, which suggests bafflement at what these students are saying. I wonder if he’ll realise that the problem at Evergreen is the result of successfully implementing the sorts of policies he supports? Unintended consequences are hard to recognise and acknowledge.

  6. stcordova says:

    So what is EverGreen State reaping?

    “Evergreen State College resumed a normal schedule on Tuesday morning after several tumultuous days involving violent threats and vandalism that forced the public college to shut down.

    The college in Olympia, Wash., suspended operations on Thursday after emergency operators received a call from a person claiming to be armed and driving to the Evergreen State College campus, threatening to “execute as many people on that campus as I can get ahold of.”

    While law enforcement officials searched the campus and found no credible threat related to the call, an incident of vandalism on Sunday night led to $10,000 in property damage, according to the county sheriff’s office.

    “They have had people walking around with sticks and baseball bats late at night causing property damage,” Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza told the Washington Post. “They asked us to come out and assist.”

  7. TFBW says:

    Aydin Paladin has done some analysis of the Evergreen situation, including this 50 minute review of a booklet handed out to incoming students, called the “Disorientation Manual”. It’s a third party publication, not an official one, but shows that the sowing of bad ideas starts on day #1.

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