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.