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If you tuned into the Conservative Party leadership debates last month, and especially the media scrums following the debates, you could be forgiven for thinking the biggest issues facing Conservative voters are divisive social issues like abortion, same sex marriage and whether or not Canada is a systemically racist country.
These questions dominated the scrums, and the candidates were pestered with different iterations of the same question over and over again.
To Conservative voters, this is maddening. After all, the leadership will be determined by card-carrying members of the Party, true blue conservatives, and not the snarky and narrow-minded journalists who cover the Party like its some kind of a circus.
Herein lies the problem with much of the mainstream media in Canada. National media reporters are mostly from downtown Toronto or Ottawa or they moved to downtown Toronto or Ottawa as soon as they could.
These journalists are often progressive, secular, cosmopolitan urban elitists who always cheer on the latest leftist causes. They universally support unrestricted access to abortion, open immigration and the radical political organization that is Black Lives Matter.
They likely dont know many Conservative voters, let alone people with traditional or religious values. Some frankly dont understand the basics of the conservative worldview, others see tradition and order as the enemy.
Some go out of their way to demonize and discredit conservative thinkers like Jordan Peterson, Rex Murphy or Barbara Kay, and they convince themselves (and their audience) that conservative values come from a place of malice and ignorance.
As so, when these journalists go to a Conservative debate, all they can think about is how racist and bigoted these candidates must be. Their questions sound like a Margaret Atwood fever dream every conservative is a secret fascist and each candidate harbours a hidden agenda to transform Canada into a real life Handmaids Tale.
Instead of having a debate about the topics Conservatives care about jobs, economic recovery, resource development, pipelines, tax rates, government spending, debt, crime, trade, immigration levels, national security threats, relations with China, protecting free speech, improving health care, the military and Canadas role in the world were stuck hearing journalists obsess over whether or not Peter Mackay would allow candidates like Leslyn Lewis in his party or whether Erin OToole is secretly sympathetic to Derek Sloans more hardline positions.
These journalists are doing a disservice to Canadians by asking the questions they themselves care about, rather than trying to learn about conservatism and posing questions that matter to Conservative members.
It is in this view that earlier this month, I launched a new initiative, the Independent Press Gallery of Canada, to encourage more intellectual diversity and open inquiry in the media in Canada.
Im proud that our very first event will take place this Wednesday a live debate in Toronto (streamed online at http://www.IndependentPressGallery.ca) featuring all four leadership candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada.
Rather than demonizing the deeply held values of many of our fellow Canadians, this debate will seek to illuminate which of the four remaining candidates can best hold the torch for conservatism in the next election.
Who can best articulate and defend conservative values? Who has a vision for Canada that can appeal to mainstream, non-ideological Canadians? Who can repair the economic damage sown by the Trudeau Liberals after two reckless terms in office, and who can forge a new vision for Canada that unites all Canadians and mends the regional divides that have intensified under Trudeaus watch?
And, perhaps most importantly, who can stand up to and hold their ground against those bullies and anti-conservative bigots inside the Parliamentary Press Gallery?
I hope youll tune in on Wednesday and find out.
The Independent Press Gallery will host the final Conservative Party leadership debate this Wednesday, July 29 in Toronto. It will be streamed online atwww.IndependentPressGallery.caat 7pm ET, 5pm MT
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‘Your inner voice will need to be your compass’: Turners Falls High School says goodbye to Class of 2020 – The Recorder
TURNERS FALLS Standing in front of his peers, who wore masks and were seated in chairs spaced 6 feet apart, Turners Falls High School graduate Anthony Peterson said he may have been disappointed with how his senior year turned out, but he wasnt discouraged.
Being disappointed is one thing, and being discouraged is something else, Peterson said, quoting playwright Tennessee Williams. On March 13, our senior year came to an end. We werent going to have the typical ending that previous graduating classes had, and for that, I am disappointed.
At the graduation ceremony on Friday evening, the senior class president told his peers they shouldnt be discouraged either.
I want to celebrate what we accomplished, he said.
Seated in the chairs before him, there was an Eagle Scout, he said. There were actors and actresses, National Honor Society students, acclaimed athletes and state champions.
Every single member of the 2020 class should be proud of what we accomplished here at Turners Falls High School, Peterson said.
Fridays commencement began at 6 p.m. on the Turners Falls High School football field. Chairs on the field were spaced 6 feet apart, and bleachers were also marked to allow for social distancing between guests. In accordance with the state mandates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone was expected to wear a facial covering.
I think it was worth the wait to hold (the ceremony) this way, said Salutatorian Brody Trott, acknowledging modified commencement ceremonies in other towns.
He reflected on his first year as a student, 12 years ago.
Graduation seemed so far away, Trott said. Its hard to believe we are already here.
Outgoing Superintendent Michael Sullivan congratulated the students on Friday, many of whom he had been in the Gill-Montague Regional School District with since they were in fifth grade.
Youve distinguished yourselves not just for your academic accomplishments, but also for your achievements in athletics and citizenship, Sullivan said. You are known to be a class of integrity and kindness.
He also thanked the students for their perseverance, resilience and maturity during the usual end to the school year.
You adjusted well to the remote learning situation, and you made the best of losing out on so many of the events that make the last semester of high school memorable and enjoyable, Sullivan said.
The occasion, Sullivan said, served for him to let the students in on a secret.
No one else has the answer to your most challenging questions, he advised. You will need to figure things out for yourself, because more often than not, your wisdom and your instincts and your inner voice will need to be your compass.
If the district has done its job well, he added, students will use the tools theyve been given an analytical mind, a curious heart and a collaborative spirit to find their way in whatever their next step is.
Jaeden Anthony Ausikaitis, Spencer Logan Blair, Hailey Elizabeth Bogusz, Cameron Andrew Bradley, Jakob Joseph Burnett, Christina Eliza Caswell, Chelsea Katelyn Curtis, Liam Patrick Driscoll, Kody Andrew Fisher, Karissa Morgan Fleming, Elijah James Forcier, Alexandrea Rose Francis, Jonathon Patrick Fritz, Joshua William Gaulin, Josy Lyn Hunter, Tracey Jay Johnson, Eliza Cate Johnson, Shelby Elizabeth Jordan, Joseph William Kochan, Trevor Jeffrey Lapinski, Zacheria Charles Leighton, Jordan Myles Llewlyn, Korey John Martineau, Zachary Allen Mason, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Miner, Chantelle Makenzie Monaghan, Alyson Kendall Murphy, Brian Patrick Murphy, Anthony Thomas Peterson, Brian Daniel Poirier, Edward Joseph Reipold, Dabney Sinclaire Rollins, Anastasia Romashka, Lyuba Sankova, Jakob Aaron Shearer, Emily Alana Sisson, Journey Leigh Smalls, Lucy Willo Spera, Jaclyn Rene Thibeault, Brody Ira Conrad Trott, Luis Thomas Vinton, Abigail Marie Waite, Allison Joy Wheeler, Lindsay Arden Whiteman, Mackenna Gwen Whiteman, Jaden Christopher Whiting-Martinez, Lorie Lorraine Wood, Kamara Rose Woodard and Lydia Fay Wright.
Most Valuable Players: Boys Basketball Anthony Peterson; Girls Basketball Hailey Bogusz; Basketball and Competition Cheerleading Kaitlyn Miner; Field Hockey Alyson Murphy; Football Liam Driscoll; Football Cheerleading Emily Sisson; Golf Brian Poirier; Boys Soccer Jakob Burnett; Boys Swimming Cameron Bradley; Girls Swimming Allison Wheeler; Volleyball Hailey Bogusz.
Academic and Service Awards: Excellence In Art Lorie Wood; Excellence in Design Build Kody Fisher and Luis Vinton; Excellence in Film Editing Alyson Murphy; Excellence in Filmmaking Korey Martineau; Excellence in English Abigail Waite; Excellence in French Chantelle Monaghan; Excellence in Latin Korey Martineau; Excellence in Life Science Josy Hunter; Excellence in Maker Lab Elijah Forcier; Excellence in Mathematics Joseph Kochan; Excellence in Physical Education Jaden Whiting Martinez; Excellence in Physical Education Internship Eliza Johnson; Excellence in Physical Science Karissa Fleming; Excellence in Social Studies Josy Hunter.
Presidents Award for Academic Achievement: Abigail Waite, Cameron Bradley, Chantelle Monaghan, Eliza Johnson and Karissa Fleming.
Presidents Award for Academic Excellence: Joseph Kochan, Brody Trott, Dabney Rollins, Josey Hunter and Allison Wheeler.
Society of Women Engineers of Boston: Josy Hunter, Dabney Rollins and Isabelle Farrick.
Turners Falls High School American Citizenship Awards: Kaitlyn Miner, Alyson Murphy, Eliza Johnson and Brian Poirier.
Turners Falls High School Service Award: Kaitlyn Miner.
Ellen T. Wrightson Memorial Award: Anthony Peterson.
Turners Falls High School Class of 2020 Scholastic Merit Awards: Joseph Kochan, Brody Trott, Dabney Rollins, Josy Hunter and Allison Wheeler.
Salutatorian Award: Brody Trott.
Valedictorian Award: Joseph Kochan.
Special Recognition Dual Degrees from Turners Falls High School and Greenfield Community College: Allsion Wheeler.
National Honor Society Members: Josy Hunter, Eliza Johnson, Joseph Kochan, Alyson Murphy, Dabney Rollins, Chantelle Monaghan and Allison Wheeler.
Junior Book Awards: Bay Path College Book Award Audrey OKeefe; Rensselaer Medal Isabelle Farrick; Saint Michaels Book Award Haley Bastarache and Haleigh Greene; Smith College Book Award Mercedes Bailey; Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award Catherine Reynolds; Williams College Book Award Leah Timberlake.
Anna Garbiel Scholarship: Kaitlyn Miner and Brian Boguz.
Athletic Scholarships: Hailey Bogusz, Kaitlyn Miner, Anthony Peterson and Jaden Whiting-Martinez.
Donald Maynard Scholarship: Josy Hunter.
Edward Brown Memorial Scholarship: Anthony Peterson.
Erving Teachers Association Scholarship: Jakob Burnett and Allison Wheeler.
Erving PTO Scholarship: Allison Wheeler.
Ethel Raymond Orcutt Scholarship: Alyson Murphy.
Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Kochan.
Friends of Gill: Alyson Murphy.
Gilmond Lamore Memorial Scholarship: Eliza Johnson and Kaitlyn Miner.
Gill-Montague Education Association Scholarship: Alexandrea Francis.
GMEF Enrichment/Scholarship: Joseph Kochan, Kaitlyn Miner and Abigail Waite.
H. Royer Collins Student Athlete Scholarship: Joseph Kochan.
Harriot E. Tidd Memorial Scholarship: Alyson Murphy.
Madeline J. Carlson Scholarship: Hailey Bogusz, Eliza Johnson, Kaitlyn Miner, Anthony Peterson and Emily Sisson.
Massachusetts Elks Scholarship: Alyson Murphy.
Mery OBrien Scholarship: Cameron Bradley, Josy Hunter, Alyson Murphy, Brody Trott, Abigail Waite and Allison Wheeler.
Our Lady of Peace Scholarship: Josy Hunter and Eliza Johnson.
Pioneer Valley Kennel Club: Josy Hunter.
REAM Scholarship: Emily Sisson.
The Recorder Scholarship: Anthony Peterson.
Tobin Scholarship: Kaitlyn Miner.
Turners Falls Athletic Club Scholarships: Hailey Bogusz, Alyson Murphy, Joseph Kochan, Eliza Johnson and Kaitlyn Miner.
Turners Falls High School All-Sports Booster Scholarship: Jackob Burnett and Eliza Johnson.
Turners Falls High School Alumni Scholarship: Emily Sisson.
Turners Falls High School Class of 1957 Bernard Plaza Scholarship: Cameron Bradley.
Turners Falls High School Class of 1962 Scholarship: Josy Hunter, Alyson Murphy and Allison Wheeler.
Turners Falls Class of 1964 Sally Ann Geraghty-Livingston Memorial Scholarship: Brody Trott and Abigail Waite.
Turners Falls High School Student Government Service Scholarship: Kaitlyn Miner and Alyson Murphy.
Wells Trust Fund Scholarships: Hailey Bogusz, Cameron Bradley, Josy Hunter, Eliza Johnson, Joseph Kochan, Kaitlyn Miner, Alyson Murphy, Brody Trott and Abigail Waite.
Womens Club of Turners Falls Scholarship: Hailey Bogusz.
Women of the Moose Chapter 316: Eliza Johnson and Allison Wheeler.
Just a day before the Harpers Open Letter appeared on July 7th, Osita Nwanevu wrote an article for The New Republic on The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism that made Matt Taibbi sound as if his name would show up there the next day. Indeed, in a convivial Rolling Stone podcast that Taibbi and his partner Katie Halper did with Thomas Chatterton Williams, the godfather of the letter regretted that he didnt have Taibbis email address otherwise he would have been invited.
Nwenevus article addressed the widespread assault on identity politics that makes it sound like the greatest threat to American democracy is diversity training seminars by Robin Diangelo, the author of White Fragility. Indeed, Matt Taibbi describedthe philosophy behind her book as positively Hitlerian.
This furor over cancel culture or what used to be called political correctness is not exactly new. I saw it as early as 1991 when Nat Hentoff was on the warpath against efforts to reduce racism at universities and the media, just as is happening today:
For 2 1/2 years, I have been interviewing students and professors across the country for a book Im writing on assaults by orthodoxies right and left on freedom of expression. Many specific incidents of political correctness with names have been printed in this column from those interviews.
One very bright young man at Brown, for example, told me he finally gave up offering his questions on affirmative action like What has it done for poor blacks? in class. He got tired of being called a racist, in and out of the room.
Just in case you hadnt noticed, Donald Trumps campaign was filled with tirades against political correctness. And after cancel culture became a ubiquitous buzzword, Trump made sure to take a stand against it. If you can spot any difference between the Harpers letter and his speech at Mount Rushmore, Id be amazed:
One of their political weapons is Cancel Culture driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.
Taibbi and Halper asked Williams to define canceling. He replied that there are two aspects, both often rooted in Twitter aggressions. The first might result in someone being fired from a job because they were politically incorrect, although it seems that JK Rowling neednt worry. Williams assured his hosts that he wrote the letter to protect those who were not so nearly as famous and powerful. While everybody should take a stand against people losing a job for their political beliefs, it struck Katie Halper as odd that Williams would have included Cary Nelson. Nelson campaigned for the firing of Steven Salaita in one of the most notorious cancellations of the past ten years. Williams begged off on that choice, saying that he knew nothing about Nelson beforehand. He trusted the judgment of his cohorts. Sure, why look too deeply into inconsistencies when a noble defense of free speech took priority.
More problematic was Williamss notion that canceling can put someone outside of polite, liberal society. By stigmatizing someone like Bari Weiss through repeated tweets, she ends up as a modern-day Hester Prynne with a scarlet letter. Taibbi was furious with how woke N.Y. Times reporters mounted a vendetta against her. It left the editorial page impoverished with its readers ending up with a picture of the world thats incomplete. Does Taibbi mourn the loss of her racist attacks on Palestinians and their supporters in the BDS movement? His silence during the exchange between Halper and Williams on Cary Nelson does make you wonder.
The overarching question is whether stigmatizing someone isnt just part of the battleground of ideas. When Max Blumenthal mysteriously began defending Basher al-Assad after attending an RT gala in Moscow, there were many tweets that canceled him, even leading to bookstores disinviting him from a reading. At the time, Blumenthals allies called this McCarthyism though neither the government nor the corporate elite had any interest in his book tour one way or the other. Blumenthal spoke for most of the left at the time, meriting red carpet treatment on the Taibbi and Halper podcast. If you have the slightest familiarity with left politics, youll realize that canceling has been around since the early 1900s. As long as it occurs only in heated polemics rather than firing squads, Id argue that it is essential.
Taibbi continued with his publicity campaign against the cancel culture. His next stop was a podcast with Bret Weinstein, an ex-professor at Evergreen State College in Washington and a victim of cancel culture, at least in his own eyes. In 2017, Weinstein, who was teaching biology there, clashed with minority students and faculty over a yearly day of remembrance, when they would stay off campus to highlight their contributions to the college. That year, the minority asked white students and professors to take part in a role reversal. They would remain off campus to discuss racism and the minorities would attend class on campus. Weinstein wrote an open letter denouncing this change as an act of oppression since it made a virtual demand for whites to stay away.
In the opening moments of their conversation, Taibbi repented for not making a big stink over Weinsteins ostracism and eventual resignation from Evergreen over student protests. Suing the school for $3.8 million in damage, Weinstein walked away with only a half-million.
One wonders if Taibbi looked into the case against Weinstein made by three Evergreen professors that year on Huffington Post titled Another Side of The Evergreen State College Story. One of them was Zoltan Grossman, who has written dozens of articles for CounterPunch over the years. The three make an essential point:
In order for a propaganda campaign to succeed, it needs a Big Lie. At Evergreen, the Big Lie is that Evergreens Day of Absence demonstrated reverse racism as whites were forced to leave campus because of the color of their skin. It is stunning to us how often this alternative fact has been repeated until it has become unchallenged truth. The truth is that the Day of Absence has long been an accepted and voluntary practice at Evergreen. On the Day of Absence, people of color who chose to do so generally attended an off-campus event, while whites who chose to participate stayed on campus to attend lectures, workshops and discussions about how race and racism shape social structures and everyday life.
Once they got past the Evergreen business, Weinstein and Taibbi settled into a litany of how bad things have gotten in the U.S. because of uppity anti-racist students dragging the country down. They struck me as two middle-aged men ready to write a book titled The Decline of the U.S. after the fashion of Oswald Spengler. They probably could make good money writing such a book since there is always a market for screeds against political correctness, identity politics, and that sort of thing. Usually written by conservatives like Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind), they also have their liberal counterparts like Todd Gitlin, who wrote The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars in 1996.
Gitlin, who signed the Harpers letter, described himself in the book as sympathetic to blacks but was distressed by their retreat into what he felt were self-absorbed, symbolic politics, according to a N.Y. Times review. He wrote that few political campaigns are launched against the impoverishment of the cities and that The diversity rhetoric of identity politics short-circuits the necessary discussion of what ought to be done about all the dying out there. He had come to the same conclusions as Adolph Reed Jr., who also got the red-carpet treatment from Taibbi and Halper.
Weinstein gushed over Taibbis long record of courageous journalism as if writing take-downs of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump risked a jail term. Yes, Taibbi is entertaining, but how far can you go stating the obvious, even if scabrously. Id prefer a little less scabrousness and a lot more economic analysis. Thats one of the reasons I stopped reading Taibbi after the good old vampire squid days ended.
What stopped me in my tracks during the interview was Taibbi calling for an all-out crusade against a culture that was inimical to freedom, enlightenment values and the core ideas of our American experiment. Listening to this, I began to wonder if Taibbi wrote Trumps Mount Rushmore speech rather than Stephen Miller.
We had to protect this great experiment against men like Lenin, whose greatest fault, according to Taibbi, was a lack of a sense of humor. In one of his Sovietologist tomes, Adam Ulam dwelt at length about this flaw, something that helped Taibbi steer clear of anything smacking of Bolshevism. Unlike Lenin, Taibbi has a great sense of humor. Politics, not so much.
Taibbi compared BLM type activists to Lenins little clan of super-motivated Bolsheviks who were never going to go anywhere because they were tiny. They came across as nuts to the Russians, including the more sensible socialists in Russia who saw things like Bernie Sanders rather than the ruthless and joke-averse V.I. Lenin. The Bolsheviks were victorious in 1917, only because they had a way of thinking difficult to counter in an institutional setting. Really? I always thought it had to do with hunger and a war that had cost the lives of over two million soldiers. But what do I know? Ive never read Adam Ulam.
Weinstein then raised the stakes on the kind of danger cancel culture presented. Yes, it could lead to Bolshevism, but other even worse scenarios could unfold. The people writing nasty tweets about JK Rowling or Bari Weiss could be the incubators for the same sort of genocides Nazi Germany, Rwanda and Cambodia suffered. Like the fearless anti-fascists of Weimar Germany, Matt Taibbi and Thomas Chatterton are the only men capable of stopping mobs ready to beat up Jews. Bari Weiss must thank her lucky stars that she has such courageous defenders of enlightenment values on her side.
After spending what seemed like an eternity listening to Taibbi and Weinstein telling each other how great they were, I decided to learn a bit more about Weinstein. It turns out that he is a member in good standing of the Intellectual Dark Web, a term that Bret Weinsteins brother Eric coined. Eric Weinstein is the managing director of Peter Thiels private equity firm. You might remember Thiel for his vendetta against the Gawker website that outed him as gay. Writing for the Cato Institute, Thiel blamed welfare and women getting the vote for making capitalist democracy into an oxymoron. He is also the author of The Diversity Myth, a book that blames political correctness and multiculturalism for the decline of higher education.
Eric and Bret Weinstein are prime movers in the Intellectual Dark Web, whose ideas appear in Quillette. This I.D.W. outlet once asked the question why Jordan Peterson did not make it to a list of the worlds top fifty intellectuals. No one else did, of course. Unsurprisingly, Quillette has embraced the Harpers Open Letter, claiming that it stands in the tradition of John Stuart Mill. Mill is famous for invoking the marketplace of ideas, a concept that is distinctly at odds with A.J. Lieblings insight that freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. Given the roost Harpers signatories enjoy at prestigious magazines and newspapers, one can understand why they are so willing to give free advice. Let others start their own periodicals like Ariana Huffington. No money? No problem. Just use social media even if it pisses off liberals.
The Intellectual Dark Web got a big boost when Bari Weiss wrote an op-ed piece hyping a development that dovetailed with her agenda. She wrote:
Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biological differences between men and women. Free speech is under siege. Identity politics is a toxic ideology that is tearing American society apart. And were in a dangerous place if these ideas are considered dark.
She quoted Eric Weinstein: You have to understand that the I.D.W. emerged as a response to a world where perfectly reasonable intellectuals were being regularly mislabeled by activists, institutions and mainstream journalists with every career-ending epithet from Islamophobe to Nazi. This claim, of course, is made by Taibbi and the Harpers Open Letter.
Weiss also pays tribute to Joe Rogan, whose podcasts reach millions. If you have the patience to sit through the Taibbi-Weinstein lovefest, youll note that Weinstein considers Rogan and Taibbi as two of the most fearless and capable defenders of the great American experiment. Taibbi felt flattered by this salute. Maybe he wasnt aware of the controversy Rogan was embroiled in about a month ago. A video surfaced with him laughing at a friends story about coercing a woman into giving him oral sex. The Independentquoted an exchange from Rogans podcast:
Recalling a woman performing oral sex on him in the Comedy Store in California, Diaz says: You think Im fucking kidding? Yeah, youve got to suck my dick to get up to [venue] the Belly Room. Ill make a call for you. Thats the fucking gateway into Hollywood, everybody knows that.
Rogan then asks: How many girls did you have do that? To which Diaz replies: 20. Rogan bursts out laughing and claps his hands.
I imagine that Taibbi got a big laugh out of this since it reminded him of his days at the eXile, a Russian English-language magazine that put out the same kind of garbage regularly. It had graphic descriptions of women being raped and humiliated, something Taibbi would later describe as only fictional and satirical.
What wasnt fictional was Taibbis nasty attacks on female correspondents in Moscow who had gotten on his and his pal Mark Amess wrong side. The Washington Post reported on their antics, including Taibbis disgusting reference to Kathy Lally, the author of the article The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in Moscow. If there was anything satirical about this, I for one couldnt see it:
When I wrote an article about advertisements that used sex to sell cigarettes new for Russia Taibbi addressed my Baltimore Sun editors in his eXile column: Lallys article is pathological, illogical, inaccurate, makes no point, and is insulting and hypocritical besides. ... Lallys gaffes may be comic, the wild meanderings of an aging woman nearing derangement. Once, the eXile declared me the winner of its Gnarliest Elephantine Ass on a Journalist With No Ethics Award. Another time, it published a cartoon showing me in bed with my editor.
In a conversation he had with Reason Magazines Nick Gillespie, this kind of misogynism came up. Taibbi naturally regretted having said things like this even though you get the feeling that he remains nostalgic for the time when political correctness wasnt such a hamper to the funny stuff that Lenin would never have published in Iskra.
Back in the mid-2000s, I used to catch Taibbi on the Don Imus show when the local Pacifica station became too ponderous. They got along famously, especially when Taibbi opened up on some lying politician. Imus, like Taibbi, was a notorious bad boy and much less worried about offending people. After all, thats what shock jocks do. In 2007, Imus resigned after referring to the mostly Black Rutgers womens basketball team as a bunch of nappy-headed whores. Thats a victim of cancel culture, no? If it were up to Taibbi and the Intellectual Dark Web, restrictions on speech would be relaxed even if it made Black people hurt. This is what the culture clash is all about in the long run. Oppressed people have the right to challenge and overcome the racism that has haunted the U.S. since 1619, even if it pisses off powerful liberals.
This Week in Podcasts: feat. Big Shiny Takes, Oats for Breakfast and more | Ricochet – Ricochet Media
Listen to "The 20th Century: Mackenzie King and the Canadian Subconscious (w/ Kino Lefter)" on Spreaker.On a special Canada Day crossover host Andre Goulet teams up with the sensational socialist film crit of Kino Lefter! Join Abdul, Laura, Evan and Dre for a hallucinogenic history tour as they unpack Matthew Rankin's surreal 2019 not-quite-biopic 'The 20th Century' featuring beloved bachelor and long-time Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
In this week's Tech Won't Save Us, host and Newfoundland-based academic Paris Marx is joined by Motherboard senior staff writer Aaron W. Gordon to discuss how VC-backed tech companies upended the bike-share industry, how that specifically played out in the case of Uber and Jump, and why the dockless bike and scooter model is failing.
The United Conservative Party have dramatically changed the rules around municipal elections in Alberta making it easier for conservatives to win and for big money to sway elections. On a new episode of The Progress Report, host Duncan Kinney dissects the rule changes and the upcoming municipal horse races in Edmonton and Calgary with writer and activist Romy Garrido.
On this week's episode of Oats for Breakfast the Toronto socialists chat with Green Party leadership candidate Dimitri Lascaris about how he became a socialist, the need to abolish billionaires, his hopes for advancing a progressive agenda that can grow the Green Party, Canada's failed bid to win a UN Security Council seat and more.
The media crit gang at Big Shiny Takes return to read through Jordan Peterson's comeback column at the National Post about how cultural Marxism has infiltrated academia at the highest levels! In other words, the exact same one note he's been hitting for the past few years. Has a benzo addiction scare and an induced coma in Russia changed nothing for Canada's most famous cultural crank? The boys discuss.
IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again and well worth the read.
Karen Harradine:From the Guardian, a toxic anti-Semitic smear against Farage
Meredith Brent:BLM demonstrators havent a clue, but they are having fun
Chris McGovern:Headteacher who says: Respect all views? No, smash them!
Chris McGovern:Punished, head who told the truth about lazy teachers
Will Jones:Now the proof is out there: This disaster of a lockdown has harmed, not helped
Joe Baron:Dont the Gunners realise BLM play on the Left wing?
Joseph Berry:Malaria drug and zinc, the missing link
Kathy Gyngell:Jordan Peterson debunks white privilege
Kathy Gyngell:Speak out now to expose the divisive anti-racist fanatics
Linden Kemkaran:Parents! Its not too late to save the next generation from this woke madness
My pick of the week from outside the top ten is by a debut writer to us, Elizabeth Smith. Her articleThe Covid brat pack: Has lockdown turned adults into children?is an observation about the infantilising of society which the Governments response to the Covid pandemic has exacerbated. Sh argues there were good signs at the start, with society showing encouraging signs of maturity. Indeed it did look for a while as though this sudden and enforced reflection wouldreturn to us old values ofrestraint and respect. But no, as she observes, it didnt last. Excessiveemotion became theorder of the day. And it isdangerous. You can read the article here.
Margarets choice is Simon KnightsOh, for Gods sake, archbishop! Of course Jesus can be white, a succinct and comprehensive demolition job on the Archbishop of Canterburys woke view that Jesus may be portrayed as any racial type but white Caucasian, and on his pompous warning that some of the statues in Canterbury Cathedral will have to come down. Knight suggests that a degree of humility is surely in order, but that seems to be beyond Justin Welby.
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Warning: contains spoilers for season 3 of The Sinner
A man on a train throws death glares at the chap across the aisle, who is playing something loud and silly on his phone. Its just a fleeting shot in the first episode of series three of Netflixs The Sinner, but one that communicates multitudes.
For schoolteacher Jamie (Matt Bomer), an outwardly perfect life is bubbling out of control. Hes boiling with resentment: towards his career, looming parenthood and the idiots with whom hes forced to share his commute. Soon this will all crystallise into dark, dangerous urges.
Quicker than you can say Fight Club rewatch, anyone? Jamie is up to his bloodied-knuckles in conspiracy, murder and out-of-body visitations. The last of these features a toxic friend from university who has clearly watched the punch-drunk David Fincher filmseveral hundred more times than recommended. And who continues to haunt and taunt Jamie even after his apparent death.
It all sounds like a rather unlikely premise for a cop show: more Twin Peaks-meets-Jordan Peterson than Law and Order. But then thats the charm of The Sinner, which has across three seasons quietly carved out its own space as a police procedural with a difference.
The series, a major hit for Netflix, is a murder mystery, but one where the identity of the killer is established from the outset. For instance, it takes of all of five seconds to work out that Jamie willsoon to be up to no good, and will quickly have blood on his hands as hedoes by the end of the first instalment. Forget the whodunnit and say hello instead to the whydunnit.
The Sinner, which has Hollywood superstar Jessica Biel as co-producer, didnt invent the whydunnit. All the way back to Peter Falks Columbo in the 1970s, a sub-strata of crime capers have tried to stand out from the mob by revealing the villain of the piece upfront.
Bishop Robert Barron on Internet ministry, Black Lives Matter and the art of dialogue – America Magazine
If youve spent any time looking for Catholic resources online, you have certainly come across the work of Bishop Robert Barron. The auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the founder of Word on Fire Ministries and has been called a Fulton Sheen for the 21st century. He reaches millions of people over social media and has spoken about God in the expected (seminaries, Cathedrals) and unexpected (Google headquarters, Reddit AMAs) places alike.
We caught up with him to talk about his ministry during coronavirus, attracting controversy (yes, we talk aboutthat Jordan Peterson interview), West Coast Catholicism and the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
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At over 800 years old and with an educational legacy almost unmatched across the globe, Cambridge University has maintained what you might call a reputation. This reputation has allowed it to attract high-feepaying students from across the globe as well as acquiring a lavish endowment fund to the tune of nearly 7 billion. To all intents and purposes, Cambridge has been at the heart of British (and western) society for generations, continuing to train the future financial, political and academic elites today.
Surely then, when the woke mob complains about structural racism, institutional bias in public life, a cause so apparently worthy it requires public destruction of historic artifacts, Cambridge would be bang in their cross hairs as a building block of this modern, white supremacist system. So, when brave BAME professor Priyamvada Gopal tweeted the following, Ill say it again. White Lives Dont Matter. As white lives, before following it up with, Abolish whiteness, surely everyone was expecting her to be fired?
In fact, the opposite happened. Despite a large outcry concerning her comments, Cambridge posted a robust defence of their professor, apparently upholding their free speech values.
The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease.
This tweet has since been deleted, but its evidence has been archived. If this were not enough, Professor Gopal has subsequently claimed to have received a full professorship from the university, effectively a promotion off the back of this public outcry. For those who have followed the gradual decline in academic freedom within British universities, this achingly hypocritical stance by Cambridge may prove to be the final straw. Cambridge itself has embroiled itself in two previous controversies, one involving rescinding a fellowship to Professor Jordan Peterson after a minor outcry from a small group of students, the other being Noah Carl, a promising young scientist who was dismissed from Cambridge university after 500 academics signed a letter demanding it, all because they disapproved of his research into intelligence.
I would venture to say that neither Peterson nor Carl ever stated anything half as controversial as Gopal. To pick out a racial group and claim that their lives do not matter is exceptionally inflammatory and would likely be a hate crime in other circumstances. She may defend her words by saying they were misinterpreted, or that her definition of whiteness is a psychological one and not one tied to biology, yet any racialist could make a similar excuse. Why should she receive the benefit of the doubt? The Oxford definition of hate speech is abusive or threatening speech or writing that expresses prejudice against a particular group, especially on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation. Gopal can claim otherwise, but when I apply for a job and am asked to state my race, I am given the option of white British. White is a racial marker for a significant group of people, making her comments textbook hate speech.
Strange then, that in a society which supposedly privileges a white patriarchy, in this area at least an Indian woman is clearly being privileged over her white contemporaries. More than that, she is being privileged by the elite structures which she so eloquently would claim hurt people like her. Perhaps this woke ideology needs a bit of a repackaging considering all the holes. To be frank, I dont want people like Professor Gopal fired. I want a consistent system. Either we ban hate speech across the board, or we allow an open platform for unpopular opinions and controversial points of view. For now, this seems to be another instance of one rule for the woke and another for the rest of us.
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The inclusive and intimate Thai martial art has forced one new follower to reckon with her inner agreeableness and fight the impulse to be nice.
Women have long been stereotyped as more apologetic than men. We are, apparently, more empathetic, caring, and better in tune with peoples emotions. The divisive YouTube celebrity and psychologist Jordan Peterson even goes so far as to suggest womens agreeableness is a major contributing factor to the gender pay gap. Whether you side with Peterson or not, the fact remains that our culture continues to adhere to deeply entrenched ideas about how men and women are meant to behave.
Some might optimistically argue that recent years have brought about change. But progress is always slow, and long-held ideas and expectations no matter how contested are tough to resist.
So it is that despite my long-abiding fear of being described as nice, I also find myself falling prey to Petersons accusation of agreeableness, and, like many women, tend to apologise far too much (a stereotype that has some basis in fact, according to a 2010 study).
None of which Id really thought much about until I put on my first pair of gloves at a Muay Thai gym.
Often referred to as the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai (literally Thai boxing) is a stand-up martial art that uses eight points of contact hands, elbows, knees, shins. Before this first class, my knowledge of Muay Thai was zero. Anything I did know about martial arts Id gleaned from the Van Damme and Steven Seagal movies Id watched as a kid. Women in those films tended to have big hair and bodysuits, their narrative purpose limited to a bedroom scene intended to secure our heros manliness while showing off his bulging biceps and oiled skin.
Little wonder, then, that despite being relatively fit, I was also extremely nervous. In fact, I probably would have canned it if I hadnt promised a girlfriend Id attend a trial class with her.
Somewhat surprisingly, I was almost immediately hooked. So much so that a fortnight later Id cancelled my gym membership. As a workout, Muay Thais fairly versatile, offering a range of cardio and strength-based exercises that can be easily modified for different abilities or fitness levels (good news in the wake of the common Covid diet largely comprised of chips, chocolate and beer). However, it was the unexpected side effects I found most addictive.
Chief among these was an unravelling of a number of invisible gendered assumptions that Id unknowingly found myself perpetuating. Despite a womens studies undergrad degree and third wave embrace of gender performativity, the notion of actually hitting something remained utterly foreign to me. I hadnt grown up rough-and-tumbling with boys and had always steered clear of physically aggressive sports (or any sports, for that matter). And so, the first time I landed a punch, I flinched, closed my eyes and instantly whipped out a Sorry!
The irony, of course, was that I was apologising for something Id intentionally set out to do.
Undoing this impulse towards niceness and amenability has been a deliberate and difficult task. Mistakes are part of learning and, as such, dont actually require an apology (a point thats been enforced during training with threats of burpees for every sorry that slips out). More broadly, its meant a growing refusal to stop apologising for both my assertiveness and physicality in general, qualities we arent always comfortable seeing in women, even if we do valorise them in depictions of masculinity.
This perhaps goes some way towards explaining the historical lack of women in martial arts.
By all accounts, entering a martial arts training facility for the first time is terrifying for most people, men and women alike, triggering self-doubt and fears of being an imposter. On a personal level, this was worsened by my acute awareness of my gender. Consequently, as a new member, I tended to either run deliberately late or lurk around the edges trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. For a long time, I only trained in the quiet morning sessions, avoiding the much busier evening classes where the mens physicality, their play-fighting and sheer size could feel overwhelming.
Its important to point out that this isnt a reflection on where I train or the members themselves, nor does it necessarily echo other womens experiences. The owner has, in fact, worked hard to create an inclusive environment where diversity is welcomed. Kids are catered for, with options to train alongside their parents, and theres a portacot and collection of toys on site. Theres even a jar of spare hair ties available (which shows a degree of thoughtfulness Id never before encountered from a gym, including the women-only facility Id attended where, really, youd think theyd know better).
Instead, I suspect my apprehension was born out of a lifetimes awareness of violence as inherently gendered.
Consider, for instance, the horrifying fact that one in three Kiwi women will experience physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime. Or that nine women will be killed by a partner or ex-partner every year. Our sexual assault statistics arent much better: only one out of every 10 attacks are even reported and, of those, only one will result in conviction. Not surprisingly then, the fear of violence permeates many womens lives (a situation made doubly dangerous for some during the recent lockdown). It may even be a factor in why some women choose to learn a martial art in the first place. Auckland-based champion fighter Victoria Nansen, AKA Lady Smac, has spoken openly about her own childhood sexual abuse and the role martial arts played in helping her recover from it.
All of which is to say that while I definitely dont subscribe to the all men are rapists branch of feminism, practising drills or sparring with guys can sometimes feel more loaded. At 56kg and 5 foot 3 inches, it can be fairly intimidating when a much bigger man tries to punch or kick me, especially after years of trying to avoid precisely that situation.
Fast forward one year, though, and much of my anxiety has eased. This is almost entirely down to the culture of respect and trust thats been cultivated at Titan Training Ground, the Christchurch gym where I train. Finding a facility thats built on these values is doubly important given how unexpectedly intimate Muay Thai turns out to be. A clinch, for instance, looks an awful lot like an embrace, while catching kicks or practising throws means handling another persons (often sweaty) body and being prepared to be handled in return. This kind of physicality is markedly different from my past gym experiences. Here, rather than exercise being a way to achieve an idealised (read thin) female body, the body instead becomes a tool, the focus shifting from how it looks to what it does. Consequently, youre much more likely to see the women in a Muay Thai gym comparing bruises than activewear.
Youll probably still hear them apologising a lot, but youre just as likely to hear someone encouraging them not to, a sentiment Im now quick to share with other women starting out. This doesnt mean we cant offer an apology when its due being held accountable is important and sorry can be a powerful word. Likewise, a rejection of agreeableness and the tyranny of niceness shouldnt be mistaken for a lack of empathy or a refusal to try and bring generosity and warmth to our interactions with others.
Surprisingly, its these lessons that linger and which have kept me coming back. Its just a shame they literally needed to be knocked into me.
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I believe that the fundamental reason such plans are required, particularly of those who practice in the so-called hard STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is so that those who could not hope to assess the quality of research endeavours in those specialties as a consequence of their own inability or ignorance, can be made into judges by enforcing the adoption of standards of attitude and behaviour that have nothing to do with the fields in question.
Consider this, in addition: a group of three professors at Concordia were awarded a New Frontiers in Research Grant (announced in late 2019) aimed at engaging Indigenous understanding and involving Indigenous communities in the co-creation of knowledge, the project aims to decolonize contemporary physics research and attract Indigenous students. The head researcher, Dr. Tanja Tajmel, questioned the colonial assumptions made in the way Western science evaluates light and what it considers knowledge. Dr. Louellyn White, associate professor in First Peoples Studies, added that Indigenous ways of knowing have been suppressed and marginalized throughout academic history and we are finally gaining momentum in elevating Indigenous knowledges as equally valid to Western science If we, as an institution, do not embody the Territorial Acknowledgement by recognizing and affirming the expertise of our Elders as Knowledge Keepers, the acknowledgement becomes nothing but empty platitudes. Dr. Ingo Salzmann, the last of the three principal investigators to whom the funds were awarded, says, The culture of physics certainly changes with diverse people involved. He argues, Therefore, decolonizing science involves challenging the underlying hierarchies.