Sam Harris thinks Salon is irredeemable. Great interview of Sam, mostly on Islam, jihad, and Western values. Salon parodies itself for Thanksgiving: Our #blacklivesmatter Thanksgiving: Race, terror, Trump and political correctness collide at Thanksgiving. Progressives signal their contempt for us:
In many ways, Thanksgiving is a celebration of gluttony, sports, nationalism, militarism and waste. While some of the poor and homeless may be fed for a day, the institutions and structures that create income inequality and joblessness remain untouched. The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday.” It is a festival of consumerist excess and greed.
Other relevant reading: Jonathan Haidt's essay The Yale Problem Begins in High School. The pressure on college administrators and white male students to confess to evil thoughts reminds me of Maoist struggle sessions. Will the use of Maoist tactics expand in colleges and workplaces?
The PC war has shifted to Princeton will calls to erase Woodrow Wilson's name from their campus. But some resistance has popped up against some of the #blacklivesmatters demands: Princeton students stand up to political correctness. Some of the students want to retain their right to free speech. How quaint and 18th, 19th, and 20th century. However, the Princeton students for free speech are small potatoes as compared to all the things wrong with how our intellectuals think about the world.
This essay asks rhetorically if all revered figures in US history should eventually get erased from monuments and city names. Attempts will certainly be made.
Where will the impulse to purge the past of its sins end? Should Washington, DC, named after a slave owner, adopt a new title? Should the Jefferson Memorial be torn down? Or what about the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars or the Wilson research fellowship that Johns Hopkins University, where Wilson taught for years, bestows upon promising undergraduates?
My own reaction: We have to get used to the idea that our civilization is splitting. We have people living in the same country who do not belong in the same country. Incompatible values. There is no way to resolve these conflicts in values within the borders of the same country short of one side dominating and the other side being marginalized.
The social justice warriors will go as far as they can. Watch for promotion of self criticism in schools and workplaces.
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