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Kylie Jenner Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Wearing Twists | PEOPLE.com

I realize some sociocultural shifts are relative based on trends & technology & affluence; and some are cyclical, i.e. Woodstock et Burning Man.

I try to keep up, I really do.

But I fear we’ve open the gates to a liberty-crushing “Not-so-Brave” New World.

We see recurring examples of this in the Twitter-verse, catalyzed by their apparatchik mouthpieces
in the media.

I offer as evidence, the latest crime against the Doctrine of Intersectionality:

Cultural Appropriation.

I don’t know Kylie Jenner and I’ve never seen an episode of The Kardashians.

Her Crime? Wearing her hair in Cornrow braids while being white.

Evidently, licensing of hairstyles – with all the deep meaning imbued by it – are now solely owned by certain races or ethnicities. Yet we have no clue who deemed this was so or how these groups were granted sole jurisdiction over these domains. Do they grant franchises or limited usage licenses or other exemptions? TBD, I suppose, by the same toxic ideology that created this cultural poison.

Inquiring minds want to know if same outrage would apply had she gone full Skin-head on Instagram. Would Richard Spencer be outraged? No, probably not…but I’m sure someone in the Twitterverse would have would have accused her of dog whistling to the neo-nazis.

What’s next…
Thought Crimes???

https://people.com/tv/kylie-jenner-accused-of-cultural-appropriation-after-wearing-her-hair-in-twists/

Posted in Education, Free Society, Leadership, Liberty, Organizational structure, Policy Issues, Uncategorized

The Role of the University: Lux et Veritas VS. Social Change – The Importance of Viewpoint Heterodoxy. Jonathan Haidt on breaking up the Axis of Outrage

“He who knows only his side of the case, knows little of that.”

– John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The Intellectual Problem: 17:1 Viewpoint Orthodoxy = Motivated Scholarship = Ideological Monoculture

The Solution: Viewpoint Heterodoxy = Institutional Dis-confirmation = Evidence-based Solutions

“The surest sign that a community suffers from a deficit of viewpoint diversity is the presence of orthodoxy, most readily apparent when members fear shame, ostracism, or any other form of social retaliation for questioning or challenging a commonly held idea.

In these contexts, it is likely that the dominant idea is not entirely correct because it is protected from challenge and change. If, however, the response to dissent is civil discussion and evidence-based argument, then the community does not suffer from
orthodoxy.

The question, then, is whether colleges and universities welcome and celebrate viewpoint diversity. While some individual institutions do (see our Guide to Colleges), many American universities are typified by an ideological monoculture.

Do you think students are “walking on eggshells” in the classroom and on-campus? Administer our Campus Expression Survey to find out.”

 

https://heterodoxacademy.org/the-problem/

 

https://heterodoxacademy.org/the-problem/

Posted in Education, Free Society, Government Regulations, Liberty, Organizational structure, Policy Issues, Rule of Law, Uncategorized, Unsettled Science

Did Nietzsche Predict the Post-Modern Politically-Correct Censorship Being Peddled by the Social Justice Warriors?

“It [Politically correct legislative coercion] is resentment, and the demand for power, disguising itself most reprehensibly as compassion; and its time for the mask of that to be taken off and things set straight…” – Jordan Peterson

Because, for man to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.

Otherwise, however, would the tarantulas have it. “Let it be very justice for the world to become full of the storms of our vengeance”—thus do they talk to one another.

“Vengeance will we use, and insult, against all who are not like us”—thus do the tarantula-hearts pledge themselves.

“And ‘Will to Equality’—that itself shall henceforth be the name of virtue; and against all that hath power will we raise an outcry!”

Ye preachers of equality, the tyrant-frenzy of impotence crieth thus in you for “equality”: your most secret tyrant-longings disguise themselves thus in virtue-words! 

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Posted in Free Society, Influence peddling, Liberty, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Rule of Law, U.S. Constitution

Micro-totalitarianism – Thomas Sowell – Page full

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Dr. Thomas Sowell

The concept of “micro-aggression” is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be “hate speech,” instead of debating those differences in a marketplace of ideas. To accuse people of aggression for not marching in lockstep with political correctness is to set the stage for justifying real aggression against them.

via Micro-totalitarianism – Thomas Sowell – Page full.

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Thuggish Censors in the Marketplace of Ideas – Jeff Jacoby – Page full

political-correctness-voltaireSo now in Baltimore, which has the nation’s seventh-highest violent crime rate, the nonracial word “thugs” is banished as racist — even when spoken by a black mayor. Thus the degradation of the public discourse proceeds.

Meanwhile, Rawling-Blake’s forced walk-back was nothing compared to the self-mortification of Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, two gay hoteliers in New York who hosted a small reception for Senator Ted Cruz on April 20. The business partners, longtime backers of gay-rights causes, strongly disagree with Cruz on same-sex marriage, but share his views on foreign policy. They invited a dozen guests to meet the Republican presidential hopeful over dinner for a discussion of politics. Apparently they were under the impression that in America it is permissible, even admirable, for voters to talk to politicians, exchanging thoughts on a range of issues.

They know better now.

via Thuggish Censors in the Marketplace of Ideas – Jeff Jacoby – Page full.

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The Soft Tyranny of Opinion Censorship

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Robert Nelson

Sure, LinkedIn is a professional online networking site. However, it is not reasonable to expect that those in professional spheres are entirely insulated from policy and politics. On the contrary, the nature of what many of us do requires an inevitable merging of personal philosophy with the politics of public and social policy. Are there some topics and posts on LinkedIn that are better suited for Facebook or Pinterest? I think we would all agree that we have all seen multiple examples of posts and photos that are better left to other social media sites.

My motivation in writing this post is to draw attention to an insidious form of tyranny and thought control wielded by elitists who have appointed themselves judges and juries over the opinions and writings of others in this forum (LinkedIn), many of whom articulate carefully thought out opinions in a respectful manner. With the multiple professions and industries represented on LinkedIn, combined with the intellectual acumen of these talented individuals (and the egos that sometimes accompany them), we can expect posts and updates on a vast array of serious topics, some which are quite controversial. While I prefer to stick to topics that I know, discussions will quite often wonder outside of our spheres of expertise and into the realm of opinion and conjecture. As long as these remain respectful and civil, I think the benefit far outweighs any negatives. With that said, facts are nice to include in posts though.

Read more via The Soft Tyranny of Opinion Censorship. by Robert Nelson, MD