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alaskaone
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Date Posted:04/12/2018 5:37 AMCopy HTML

I read a book by James Burke called, 'Connections'.  In it, he goes through the history of mankind and examines how one thing leads to the next and the next and the next and reveals how seemingly unrelated events set into motion complex and unpredictable outcomes.  Everything is, literally, connected in some way if you look closely enough.  It shaped my perception of the world in profound ways drilling into my head that life is not a bunch of random events.  Instead, it's an unimaginably complex chain of events, each one having a nearly unknowable number of unpredictable consequences that last through time.

It doesn't seem to be an exaggeration to say there are a whole lot of people looking around our country and wondering, "What the hell is going on?"  Rioting and looting on campus's, blatant attacks upon free speech, tossing boys into the dumpster fire of 3rd wave feminist ideology and using the results to attack the second amendment.  Endless wars, endless debt, a surveillance state docilely welcomed, massive fraud and waste of tax money by all levels of government, 'trigger warnings', denial of basic biology and even logic.  I'm barely scratching the surface of all the nonsense going on.

Over the last year or so, a professor of psychology in Canada has become a world wide phenomena.  Dr. Jordan Peterson took a public stand against a proposed compelled speech law by the Canadian government and against the human rights tribunal tasked with enforcing said compelled speech. 

It's hard to understate the shit-storm launched against him as a result.  As time has passed, I've watched as he has attempted to ferret out what is going on and how.  In a nutshell, here is what he seems to be putting together.

After WWII, the US and USSR entered into a 'cold war'.  Part of that war, KGB agents entered into the US and Canada and began operations.  The US government was aware of this and assumed the agents were sent to engage in espionage.  That was wrong.  They did perform some traditional espionage, of course, but their main goal was to seed marxist ideology into the educational system.

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Senator Joseph McCarthy began his famous witch-hunt in the fifties and that seems to have motivated members of the American Communist and Socialist parties to leave and join the democrats and republicans.  Over the years, the platform of the democrat party began to unabashedly echo the communist manifesto, due to their influence.


The republican platform isn't so brazen but, as we've seen, there is little significant difference between them and the democrats in their real world actions.

Academics and intellectuals have always seemed particularly vulnerable to Marxist ideology.  The influence of the agents of the kgb found fertile ground among them.  The initial result, I think, manifested as the rise of the 1960's radicals.  They, I believe, were the first wave of students taught by the marxism contaminated professors.  Somewhere along the line, the 3rd wave of feminism got on the bandwagon and together, they have taken control of the humanities in the colleges and universities.

Large numbers of the students they taught went on to become public school teachers and administrators, bureaucrats in local, state and federal bureaucracies, and journalists.  

In the 1970's, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn published a book, the Gulag Archipelago, which detailed the lunacy of communism in such a way as to ultimately contribute, in no small part, to the fall of the USSR in 1991.  The book was required reading when I was in high school and it pulled the rug out from under the feet of the adherents of marxism, socialism, fascism and communism in a way that the deaths of tens of millions of people hadn't been able to do. 

The Gulag Archipelago and other works critical of marxism in all its forms appear to have been banished from the lists of required reading in high schools and universities, replaced mainly by works critical of western society, capitalism and white people in general.  I think that should not surprising at all.


Dr. Peterson has named these people, 'post-modern, neo-marxists'.  "Post modernist", because they believe there are no facts. "Neo-Marxist",  because they believe that everything is about power;  oppressor vs. oppressed.  

What we are facing today is roughly two or three generations of people indoctrinated in the marxist world view handed down by those professors in the 1950's.  The STEM fields, however, have been resistant, possibly because of the subject matter.  You can't be an engineer or a doctor and not believe there are facts.

Until Dr. Peterson pulled it all together, who's doing what and how, most of us were just bewildered.  We pointed at (modern)liberals thinking it was them because, well, a lot of their ideas are silly and naive.  (Modern)liberalism/conservatism are symptoms of the disease, not the disease, itself.

If you think about the (modern)liberals/conservatives we've known here, you'll realize most of them were educated in the universities when the 'post-modern, neo-marxists' were first establishing their domination of the humanities.  In other words, the baby boomers were the first wave.

Dr. Peterson has also pointed out that there is no 'grand poo-bah' among the post modernists.  The movement is decentralized and their ideology is nonsensical and emotionally driven, as it would have to be in order to accept identity politics as valid.


That is, near as I figure out, what's going on.  I think Peterson is right.  I've read and watched observations from many other notable figures who seemed to have identified pieces of the puzzle but they didn't manage to
put it all together like Peterson has.

I've read and watched the post modernists actually articulate what they're doing and what their goals are (at least when they are able to articulate that much) and they tend to verify what Peterson has been saying.

I certainly could be wrong but this theory appears to fit and it explains a lot  about what is going on... a cultural war between borg and free men.
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We all know the routine: an academic publishes some data that are incompatible with left-wing ideology, or maybe even just makes a non-PC joke, as in the case of the Nobel laureate Tim Hunt. They are then targeted by an online mob, the university administrators side with the mob and the thought-criminal is duly defenestrated. The firing of James Damore shows that a similar routine operates in tech giants such as Google.

It’s not the first time intellectuals have enforced extreme left-wing views — just think of the U.S.S.R. during Stalin’s reign. But one can at least understand such behavior because failure to implement political correctness on campus in 1930s Russia would lead to a 4 a.m. date in the Kurapaty forest with a leather-aproned N.K.V.D. executioner.

But the situation is different in today’s universities, tech giants and government departments – the administrators aren’t going to be executed if they ignore a cis-heteronormative microaggression by one of their employees and the demands for PC enforcement aren’t coming from a paranoid tyrant and his pistol-wielding henchmen. Instead, our new overlords are a bunch of pudgy, blue-haired manimals who can barely wash themselves, let alone dig a mass grave in the Siberian permafrost. As Toby Young pointed out following his purging from public office, this crowdsourced form of orthodoxy enforcement is a new thing and, considering it has no legal standing, a puzzling thing.

It’s true that academics tend to lean left, especially in the social sciences and humanities. And judging from the recently leaked video showing Google staff lamenting Trump’s election victory in 2016, a similar bias exists there too. But that’s no explanation because leaning left is not the same thing as trying to destroy the careers of those who don’t share your beliefs, just because “some people from the internet” say you should.

Governance-by-online-mob raises all sorts of questions, such as how many members does such a mob need to contain before it must be obeyed? What qualifications are required to wield such awesome power? How does the mob decide which opinions are correct? But the big mystery is how have organizations that were once the bastions of bold, visionary thinking been converted into dens of timid, conformist souls who are ruled by the fickle wind of social media opinion?


Narrow Roads of Bozo Land: How We Came to Be Governed by Online Mobs


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Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Some of what's going on.

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Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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