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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Hijacked Causes

I finally read Bret Stevens’s timid and mousy article on climate that is causing so much apoplexy and realized that the climate cause is absolutely doomed because it’s been hijacked by total hysterics. I’ve been seeing references to the article for a week, and from the way it was being discussed, I got the impression it was the ultimate in climate denialism. Turns out, there is not a whiff of that in the actual piece. 

As a long-time blogger, I know that there is a number of subjects you simply don’t write about if you don’t want to attract a bunch of unhinged fanatics. Breastfeeding, homeschooling, and sexual dysfunction are such subjects. Climate is another. I simply don’t engage and find the whole subject repellent because there’s no upside to talking about it. It’s become the sole purview of disturbed people who use it to soothe their psychological traumas. 

There can be no doubt that the climate cause is losing. One would think that after decades of abject failure those who care would at least consider trying to do something other than screeching maniacally at whoever departs half an inch from their orthodoxy. 

And it’s not just climate, either. Diversity was a great idea until it was overrun by crazy and vulgar people who destroyed the concept in the service of their dysfunction. 

This is all very sad. 

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7 thoughts on “Hijacked Causes

  1. I would like to repost this.

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  2. I would put “names for individuals on the ‘gender continuum'” on your list.

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  3. Shakti on said:

    the climate cause is absolutely doomed because it’s been hijacked by total hysterics.
    This turn of phrase is very funny.

    Climate is another. I simply don’t engage and find the whole subject repellent because there’s no upside to talking about it. It’s become the sole purview of disturbed people who use it to soothe their psychological traumas.

    How so?

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