Wokeness and classical liberalism are different cultures

It’s said that the past is a foreign culture. We can’t understand colonial America or Victorian Britain unless we first understand that they thought differently from people today. Paradigm shifts happen throughout history, and one is happening right now. Unless we understand that woke progressives think differently from classical liberals, we can’t understand woke culture,Continue reading “Wokeness and classical liberalism are different cultures”

Hidden Reality

Is being Woke a religion? What about taking the Red Pill? A video of progressive activists engaging in church service style call-and-answer to affirm their commitment to Woke ideology shows that the answer may be “yes.” But something is missing. Wokeness has no god. And it’s likely that many Wokeists are atheist or agnostic. IsContinue reading “Hidden Reality”

Where do we go from here?

Protest, polarization, and opportunity. The challenge of a complex, diverse society is, in the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” King was a Black man who was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The video footage led many of us to believe the officers would be convicted inContinue reading “Where do we go from here?”

Supporting transgender rights doesn’t always mean being an ally

Maybe we’re returning to “normalcy”—Twitter is alight with arguments about transgender rights. Harry Potter author JK Rowling put transgender issues front and center when she responded to a Devex.com article which states that, “An estimated 1.8 billion girls, women, and gender non-binary persons menstruate, and this has not stopped because of the pandemic.” Rowling didn’t likeContinue reading “Supporting transgender rights doesn’t always mean being an ally”

2020, WTF?

You’ve got head spinnin’, no kiddin’, I can’t pin you down. Okay, I’m plagiarizing John Legend. And totally taking him out of context. But it kinda fits 2020, right? At times like this, the advice to focus on what’s up to us—our deliberate choices—and be indifferent to the rest, seems impossible. Did that cop reallyContinue reading “2020, WTF?”

Being judged sucks

But how I handle it is up to me. Is the author of the Harry Potter series really a transphobe? We haven’t heard a peep from JK Rowling since the Twitter storm erupted just before Christmas. She defended Maya Forstater, a feminist who was fired from a think tank for tweeting her opinion that becauseContinue reading “Being judged sucks”

Is gay Jesus offensive?

Don’t take the bait. Being offended is a status symbol of sorts. And giving offense has always been a sport. We might feel offended when we think our social status is being challenged. Or when someone says something that contradicts our self-image. There may be other reasons too. Being offended creates a certain moral status.Continue reading “Is gay Jesus offensive?”

Why “toxic masculinity” is nonsense

Abuse, not gender, creates pathology. Every day we look at the headlines, only to find bad news. Another mass shooting. Another sexual assault. More abused children. Toxic masculinity. It’s so bad that men are even sitting improperly on the subway (“manspreading”) and expressing their opinions in condescending ways (“mansplaining”). Does that seem to trivialize theContinue reading “Why “toxic masculinity” is nonsense”

Why it’s hard to talk about men’s issues

Competing ideological filters disincentivize nuance. November 19 was international men’s day. And world toilet day. Both passed largely unnoticed. It’s challenging to talk about men’s issues without appearing to play the victim. The progressive solution is to focus on how men can support women. For example, domestic violence is a men’s issue because men mustContinue reading “Why it’s hard to talk about men’s issues”

Jordan Peterson, and straw men for everyone

First published in October 2018 Peterson should be met with critical, but intellectually honest, thought rather than adulation. People can’t stop talking about psychology professor and intellectual dark web thinker Jordan Peterson. Charismatic personalities are emotionally compelling, for better or for worse. But I have mixed feelings about him.  I agree with Jordan Peterson’s basic psychologicalContinue reading “Jordan Peterson, and straw men for everyone”