New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 43
Mao Zedong wanted to thought-reform, that is, brainwash, the whole Chinese population, and he had a formula for doing it: “Unity – Criticism – Unity.” That is, he sought to induce in people a “desire for unity” so they would join his socialistic cult, and then once that desire was strong enough, criticism and struggle sessions would begin to cement adherence. Finally, through criticism, struggle, and study, unity with the socialist cult would be achieved. This model of cult programming might sound remote, but it isn’t. It’s the backbone of what we all experience in the American Cultural Revolution in DEI, ESG, SDG, and unconscious bias training at work and SEL at school. We’re told we want to make “safe” places where “everyone feels like they belong,” which initiates the “desire for unity” under the banner of “Belonging.” Then there are criticisms and struggles until there’s solidarity with the Woke worldview, causes, and people pushing it. Join host James Lindsay for this episode of New Discourses Bullets where he makes it clear.
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Do we want dangerous psychopaths to “feel like they belong” in your “community?”
If you do, you get Critical Theory.
I wonder whether certain social sciences might especially be in a vulnarable position regarding this “woke” stuff due to the specific characteristics of the people there. If I am not mistaken, a large majority of students in Psychology for example are female (if that’s the correct word, I can’t keep up anymore). And maybe they are also of a specific age where they are trying to “find themselves”. And maybe they have certain personality characteristics. Etc.
Perhaps generally women are more likely to want to feel “part of the group”, and men generally want to not be (or at least not in a similar way). I think studies have shown that women are generally more agreeable for instance. I can see how this all might affect things. It might not be surprising when taking this into account that certain social sciences like Psychology and Gender studies might attract, sustain, and produce students, “scientists”, “research”, and “scientific” papers that all reinforce this stuff.
When I sense that I am being pressured to be “part of the group” or when I sense that some sort of manipulation is going on I think I sort of instinctively step on the breaks. And then I am usually out. Perhaps this is why I want no part of academia anymore. I am not sure how to formulate it better, but I have often wondered whether everyone has these types of gut-feelings and subsequent reaction in such cases in a similar manner. I think certain people might be more susceptible to these types of group processes and group pressures.
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” – Marcus Aurelius