“Episode One of The Woke Reformation - "Origins of Woke Ideology - Part I".
This episode features the narration of Helen Pluckrose and is based largely off her and James Lindsay's book Cynical Theories. If you haven't read that book, I highly recommend it! It is the only book of its kind, and it lays out the origins of Woke ideology and offers a critique.
Selected parts of my contributions to a comment thread from May 2020."My problem is that we don't have informed science making decisions. We have politicos, none of whom I would trust to give me a straight answer that didn't give them votes. I want to see informed science, but I want to see scientists and statisticians making their best cases. I don't want to see justifications for decisions that have already been made so we can all mutter approvingly about how government has saved us from our own folly."
“2020 was an ugly year and so far, 2021 doesn’t look any prettier.
With mass lockdowns still enacted, businesses failing by the hundreds of thousands, rising suicides and drug overdoses, and a pandemic that still has yet to subside, things may seem bleak.
Surprisingly, the 1984 comedy classic “Ghostbusters” can teach us a lot about the situation we’re stuck in and how we can get out of it.
Hint: More government is not the answer.”
“The government is a big trap designed to keep people in its orbit.
You are supposed to work within the context the government provides to live your life, make money, and affect social change.
Or you're at least supposed to be too afraid of the government to step out of line.
But even rebelling against the government directly is part of the trap. It means you have accepted the importance of the government-- that it is capable of controlling you.
Harry Browne identified different "traps" like these that we fall into in his 1973 book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.”
Money, Threats, And Military Power
“Top military brass demand more and more funding without any real improvements in our armed forces' fighting power.”
That Weird California Computer Ban Isn't What It Appears to Be. It's Dumber.
“An attempt to reduce idle electricity consumption actually incentivizes selling more powerful equipment.”
Here’s how police can get your data — even if you aren’t suspected of a crime
“And you may never know they did it.”
If You Don’t Suspect Deep State Provocation At The Jan. 6 Riot, Start Paying Attention
“It's required to ask at the outset of leftists' 1/6 'Truth Commission': How much of what led to Donald Trump supporters 'storming the capitol' was a setup?”
Ibram Kendi Claims Republicans Who Oppose COVID Lockdowns Are Like Slave Owners
NW adds: Not just pegging the irony meter but making it explody
Incompetence + Arrogance = Woke
“Politically correct ideology is masking and contributing to the widespread failure of our institutions.”
General Milley’s Imaginary Coup
“The soldier's irrational fear of President Trump inspired him to defy his duly elected commander-in-chief.”