New Video on Evergreen State Crackpots and Snowflakes

Check out this video.  You’re going to love the interview with the university president, who doesn’t strongly object to being called a white supremicist.  And then there is the angry snowflake student and her oh so predictable talking points:

But the snowflake does raise an interesting point.  If we take Jerry Coyne’s ideas about determinism and responsibility, can we indeed say that Weinstein is responsible for the angry pushback the snowflakes talk about?

lol-clip-art-cliparts-co-lol-clip-art-1600_1207BTW, Evergreen’s response to all this is to launch a new master’s program in social justice. 

 

 

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Hey! Teacher! Leave Them Kids Alone!

While the Atheist Activist community sells itself as a group of people who place priority on evidence and critical thinking, the community instead places priority on emotion that  thrives by peddling propaganda and negative stereotypes about religious people.  Activist Hemant Mehta effectively admitted this when offering advice on how to be an atheist activist by encouraging atheist journalists to “Write about problems within the church. Tell stories about people who deal with religious oppression.”  In other words, employ the propagandistic technique of cherry picking, which is not hard to do thanks to the internet’s ability to record every infraction or outrageous claim that occurs around the entire globe.

Mehta and his team of propagandists, of course, rely heavily on this technique as fodder for their popular activist atheist blog deceptively named, “The Friendly Atheist.”   For example, in a recent thread, Mehta posted a blog entry entitled: Triple-Murder Suspect Told Police He Didn’t “Know Where God Put” Victim’s Body.  I guess the message there is that if you become a Christian, you’ll end up becoming a murderer who eats parts of his victims.

To help us all understand how this propagandistic cherry picking works, imagine of this atheist activist approach was used against another large group of people – educators. What if I were to create a blog that sought to demonize educators?  Let’s call it, “Teacher! Leave Those Kids Alone!”  Would it be hard to follow Mehta’s advice and regularly find stories that put teachers in a bad light?  Not at all.  Let’s say, for example, my anti-teacher blog was trying to sell the message that teachers can’t be trusted around children.  One way to sell that message would be to post, on a fairly regular basis, stories about teachers being arrested for sexual misconduct with their students.  And then we could go from there.  Thanks to the internet, let me show you how easy it would be.

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The Social Justice Defense of Violence

Dan Arel is a social justice atheist activist.  He is also a Christophobe, actually believing that “Christian terrorism is a bigger threat to U.S. freedom than Islamic terrorism.
He is also one of the atheists who has been working hard to rationalize and justify the use of violence to help achieve his version of a utopia – Should we be okay with punching Nazis?

Thus, it’s not surprising that it looks like Arel is doing something of a victory dance after another social justice activist tried to gun down dozens of Republicans.

So let’s have a look at Arel’s atheistic attempt to justify punching nazis.

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The Resistance Attempts Mass Murder

So it looks like the gunman who attempted to murder Republican congressmen was a hardcore Bernie Sander’s supporter.   Why just punch a nazi when you can kill a nazi, right?

Social justice atheist PZ Myers refers to this as “Poetic Injustice” and one of his atheist fans comments:

This particular incident is likely unjustified, but this kind of violence may be the only thing that saves us. The left has not reckoned with this correctly. The commonwealth is fundamentally, irrepairable broken. A non-trivial portion of the right would see millions of us dead.

Damn right violence may have a role to play.

Myers refers to the shooter as a “dangerous fanatic.”  The shooter was obsessed with writing letters to the editor of his local newspaper.  Those letters from the fanatic look like something  Myers himself could have written.

 

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Social Justice Actvist Tries to Hurt Horse

It’s a minor story, but it speaks to the violent predispositions of so many of the social justice activists:

A Philadelphia woman attending an ACT for America rally in Harrisburg was arrested last weekend when she allegedly struck a Pennsylvania State Police horse in the side of the neck with a flag pole.

According to police, Lisa Joy Simon, 23, was arrested on Saturday after she “used a flag pole with a silver nail at the top of the pole” to strike a police horse named Sampson in the neck at about 11:32 a.m.

How digusting.  What kind of person actually tries to hurt a horse by stabbing it with a nail?

Answer: A social justice activist.

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Lisa Joy Simon.  Aka HorseHater.

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The Core Argument of the Social Justice Movement

The social justice activists seem to rely on one core argument to make their case – they refer to their intellectual opponents as a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, and/or white supremacist nazis.

In other words, their core argument is the logical fallacy known as ad hominem:

Ad hominem (Latin for “to the man” or “to the person”, short for argumentum ad hominem, is now usually understood as a logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.

This fallacy is often understood to be a personal attack.  And that makes sense given my hypothesis that the thinking of social justice activists is id-based.  Recall that the id is the place from where the aggression instinct is housed.  Personal attacks are simply verbal expressions of aggression.  So it would make sense that the primary argument of the social justice movement is verbal expressions of aggression.

What’s more, personal attacks are essentially childish arguments.  I’m sure most of us can remember that among the first arguments we developed as children on the playground came in the form name calling and personal attacks.  Because the id is basically an infantile impulse, it makes sense that social justice activists would retain this approach and express it through their ideology.

The bottom line here is that if you find yourself on the receiving end of some social justice tantrum, where the activist is calling you names like sexist, racist, homophobe, transphobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe, fascist, white supremacist nazi, etc., you should calmly respond by pointing out the activist is engaged in an ad hominem argument.  Point out that this is a fallacy and is thus irrational.  It won’t deter the social justice activist who is immune to the effects of critical thinking, but it will help any onlookers to appreciate what is happening.

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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.

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Postmodern Biology

As the social justice movement continues to infiltrate the sciences, what will science look like?  We can catch a preview by surveying the biology courses of Evergreen State College, the social justice college that has been targeting and harassing biology professor Bret Weinstein for publicly refusing to participate in a social justice protest.

Here are some of the biology courses offered by this social justice college.

Bodies Speaking Out: Public Health and Community through the Lenses of Science, Ethnography, and Media

We’ll learn how structural inequalities of race, class, and gender (among others) shape exposure to harm and access to remediation. We’ll learn how struggles over housing, schooling, jobs and other social and economic conditions affect individual health and the collective health of communities. We will consider how infectious diseases, once easily treatable such as tuberculosis, have resurged in virulent drug-resistant forms under conditions of incarceration, substandard housing, and biomedical abandonment.

Community Resilience: Science and Society

We will investigate the dynamic connections in living systems between stress (also referred to as change, or disturbance) and resilience (response or adaptation). Key questions include: What is resilience in ecological and human communities? How do ecological systems, and the human mind and aptitudes for action, draw resilience from stressful experience? And how can we build social capital (human relationships) and promote collective action, while supporting ecological and social capacities to respond positively to change?

Dancing Molecules, Dancing Bodies

Our bodies are always moving. Even when you are sitting absolutely still, there is movement throughout your body — the pumping of your heart, the flow of blood through your blood vessels, and a continuous vibration of the molecules that make up your body. In this program we will explore dance from the perspectives of culture, physiology, and introductory chemistry. We will explore properties in chemistry connected to movement (conductivity, molecular vibrations, energy, reactivity, and solubility) and study how chemicals both construct and move within the human body. Students will become in tune with their bodies through movement and dance workshops and scientific studies of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. We will examine and perform dance, not simply within categories like ballet or modern, but from a broader perspective of movement and culture.

Feminist Epistemologies: Critical Approaches to Biology and Psychology

Students should ideally have taken at least 4-8 credits of science or social science coursework in the past, as this program builds on and critiques dominant scientific methodologies from a feminist perspective.  How is knowledge generated from a feminist theoretical perspective? Looking closely at the history of science and the construction of gender in biology, we will explore feminist interventions into knowledge production in these fields.

Gender and Science: An Introduction

How do knowledge, power, language and gender interact? How has that interrelationship generated the very idea of gender and gender difference? How does our human understanding of the universe relate to ideas such as universality and objectivity? This introductory program explores and interrogates the gendered production of knowledge and its close relationship to power, human culture and the idea of nature.

Health, Power, and Justice

What are the factors that determine our health? In what ways do race, class, and gender affect the health of individuals and communities? In this introductory program we will explore health and well-being within the contexts of narrative, power, and social justice. We will use an interdisciplinary lens of science and the humanities to question the embodied experiences of sickness and healing. Our focus will be on the linkages between Northwest places and Native American and Indigenous peoples, framing our discussions of health around themes of environmental and economic sustainability, social justice and education, and popular culture.

Power Play(ers): Actions and Their Consequences

This program will explore colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial issues as they are unfolding on local, national, and global stages. Colonialism has resurfaced in new forms of neocolonialism that we encounter in our daily lives and work. We will place emphasis on how individuals and groups acquire mental resistance, how to assert individual, family, and community values and identities, and how to decipher and reframe meanings from information channeled through mass media. This also includes analyzing the powers at play in societal structures, how to empower oneself and community, and how to understand the ways in which these structures of power and control impact the quality of life for ordinary people at home and abroad. These are some of the skills students will learn from Power Play(ers).

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Escaping the Social Justice Cult

Here are the words of someone who was once a social justice activist.  Note how she confirms some of the points we have been talking about recently:

I don’t yet know what to call this part of the left. Maajid Nawaz calls them the “Regressive Left.” Others call them SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) or the Alt-Left. The ideology is post-modernist cultural marxism, and it operates as a secular religion. Most are indoctrinated in liberal elite colleges, though many are being indoctrinated online these days. It has its own dogma and jargon, meant to make you feel like a good person, and used to lecture others on their ‘sin.’ “Check your privilege”- much like “mansplaining” and “gaslighting”- all at one time useful terms- have over time lost a lot of their meaning. These days I see them most frequently being abused as weaponized ad hominem attacks on a person’s immutable identity markers….a way to avoid making an argument, while simultaneously claiming an unearned moral highground in a discussion.

I have been wondering why more people on the left are not speaking up against violence, in favor of free exchange of ideas and dialogue, in favor of compassion. But I know why. I was in the cult. Part of it is that you are a true believer, and part of it is that you are fearful of being called an apostate — in being trashed as a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, white supremacist nazi.

 

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Postmodernists, the Id, and the Superego

I argued before that the thinking of post-modernist atheists is rooted in Freud’s notion of the Id.  Yet psychiatrist Dr. Tanveer Ahmed argues that their thinking is actually rooted in the super-ego. What is the super-ego?

The superego incorporates the values and morals of society which are learned from one’s parents and others…… The superego’s function is to control the id’s impulses, especially those which society forbids, such as sex and aggression. It also has the function of persuading the ego to turn to moralistic goals rather than simply realistic ones and to strive for perfection.

Here is the video of Ahmed making his case (HT: TFBW)

At first glance, it seems Ahmed has a point, as the self-righteous moralizing of the postmodernists would appear as if the superego is in control (and out of control).  But a closer look tells another story.

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