We argue about rights and wrongs or problems and their solutions in terms of ideology and ideal, often to hide from the challenge of turning real imperfect answers into next-step decisions. But arguing in abstraction is a popular filibustering propaganda: sounds strident, does nothing. If you want to shift the needle, the practical pro-active answers are the only solutions that count.
Joe Rogan Experience, the world’s biggest and most influential podcast, migrated to Spotify on Sept 1st 2020. Dozens of the show’s key episodes have been purged from the migration; and there’s a sly opacity about the apparent censorship – a familiar authoritarian strategy. The media bogeymen and policed language episodes excluded follow a clear theme. Is it Spotify abusing corporate privilege, preying on Rogan’s contract loopholes, or is Joe bending the knee and sacrificing his reputation for the big money payoff?
A sculpture of a black woman who took part in a Black Lives Matter #BLM protest in Bristol, England has been installed on the plinth where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston used to stand. It lasted 24 hours. The city council removed it without consultation or vote. Another missed opportunity.
“See it. Mock it. Dismiss it.” It’s an authority-enabling response that dominates social media and for some it’s become how they respond to everything. It perpetuates a polarized confirmation bias that’s reducing society to in-group out-group stagnation. It’s encouraged and exploited by politicized clickbait media. As individuals, it’s up to us to resist these lazy instincts twisted to serve the agenda of authoritarian divide-and-rule.
Today, three full generations after its birth in the 1940s, postmodern thinking has engendered a uniquely degraded democratization of creative ambition. It has subordinated individual originality and culture to consumerism. This piece is an exercise in therapy but useful for anyone keen for a definition of post-modernism, the cultural coronavirus against which we have no vaccine. Yet.
Orania in South Africa is a land for whites only. What’s more, it’s for Afrikaner whites, descendants of the first white Boer (Dutch) settlers dispossed by the British 120 years ago. Orania is the expression of the original separatist white Afrikaner dream. It’s peaceful, safe and prosperous. It is also written up around the world as a white racist ethnostate. What’s the reality, behind dichotomy of determined Oranian smiles and universal “woke” condemnation?
The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that’s steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics “controversy” is a case in point.