The Link of the Day

Courtesy of reader El, here is a great article about the motivations of the perennially disaffected among us:

People who don’t want the dreary inconvenience of adult obligations can actively (if unconsciously) look for reasons to reject their society’s legitimacy, and so break from its associated responsibilities. All societies are unjust, so this isn’t a difficult task in principle – particularly in WEIRD societies that give their citizens a lot of personal freedom and latitude to question the rules.

This is one tiny quote. It’s a beautifully written, talented long piece. Please read and share.

10 thoughts on “The Link of the Day”

  1. Glad you liked this article, but the following one is far superior, so I leave the link to it here too for people who haven’t read it yet:

    Postmodern Religion and the Faith of Social Justice
    https://areomagazine.com/2018/12/18/postmodern-religion-and-the-faith-of-social-justice/

    It is far more than appears from the title. The essay “is inordinately long—because the topic is inordinately complicated—[thus] it is broken into sections” . Look at the table of contents below. I especially liked “The Mythological Core of Applied Postmodernism” and the parts after this section.

    Table of Contents

    Social Justice and Religion – What I intend to say and not say about whether Social Justice is best thought of as a religion—mostly housekeeping and a bit dry

    Ideologically Motivated Moral Communities – A Durkheimian view of the religion-like sociocultural phenomenon to which both Social Justice and religions belong

    Religions Meet Needs – An elaboration on the previous section that explains why human beings organize into ideologically motivated moral communities

    Social Justice Institutionalized – A presentation of how Social Justice exhibits institutionalization, which is central to organized religions

    The Scholarly Canon – How academic scholarship in “grievance studies” serves as a scriptural canon for Social Justice
    Faith in Social Justice – An exposition on faith and its role in the Social Justice ideology

    The Mythological Core of Applied Postmodernism – A lengthy discussion of mythology inside and outside of religion and how postmodernism and its currently ascendant derivatives fit into this framework. (If you really want to understand the deepest part of this essay, it’s probably in this section, which can be read first if desired.)

    Pocket Epistemologies – A discussion of the means by which an ideological tribe aims to legitimize the “special knowledge” that serves it and how this manifests in Social Justice

    A Focus on the Unconscious – A more focused discussion upon the methods of special knowledge production of ideological tribes and the postmodern numinous experience

    Ritual, Redemption, and Prayer – A short section about the role these play in ideological tribes and how they manifest in Social Justice

    Gender Nuns and the Grand Wizards of the Diversity Board – Addresses the function of the priest caste within ideological tribes, including Social Justice, and how they put their faith into practice

    Summary – A short summary of the case made about whether Social Justice constitutes a religion. TL;DR: Yes and no, and mostly yes.

    What Can We Do with This? – A brief discussion of secularism, construed much more broadly than usual, and how it applies to dealing with a very religion-like Social Justice

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      1. // The authors here are the same guys who pulled the latest ‘grievance studies’ hoax.

        Do you mean this article also probably lies to readers?

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        1. No, no – absolutely not. I meant it in the same vein as the ‘Sokal Hoax’. I believe the authors use the term themselves. Their work made me seriously question ‘grievance studies’ and helped me think better about such things.

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        2. “Do you mean this article also probably lies to readers?”

          I don’t understand it that way. The experience with the articles is what allowed them to perceive the SJW-ocity as a religion…

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    1. “Social Justice and Religion”

      Again, it should be noted that the first person to actually call it a religion (metaphorically) was P.D. James in her 1986 novel “A Taste for Death”. It’s just a throwaway paragraph but absolutely prescient given later developments….

      Her last Dalgliesh novel had a similar prescient throwaway paragraph on the dispossession of the English middle class who are expected to shut up and finance social visionary projects meant to eliminate them (and any middle class forming to replace them).

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  2. Thanks for sharing, this was very insightful and made me finally understand my own residual ‘wokester’ motivations.

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