Category Archives: Affinity Fraud

Sometimes its best that an opponent hears your view from coming from someone who they believe is on their own side. This is how “Overton” windows may be moved.

Quillette Podcast Episode 144: James Kirchick on “The Disintegration of the ACLU”

Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to author James Kirchick about his recent Tablet article documenting how the American Civil Liberties Union abandoned its core mission in favor of doctrinaire progressive politics.

Source: Podcast 144: James Kirchick on ‘The Disintegration of the ACLU’ – Quillette

Opinion | America Has a Ruling Class – The New York Times

“Examples could be multiplied, but these cases are enough to show that the problem of insiders pretending to be outsiders cuts across party, gender and field. The question is why. Part of the explanation is strategic. An outsider pose is appealing because it allows powerful people to distance themselves from the consequences of their decisions. When things go well, they are happy to take credit. When they go badly, it’s useful to blame an incompetent, hostile establishment for thwarting their good intentions or visionary plans.”

Source: Opinion | America Has a Ruling Class – The New York Times

The Weeds Podcast (Vox) – The optimistic leftist – Matt Yglesias talks with Ruy Teixeira, Center for American Progress

Matt is joined by political scientist and author Ruy Teixeira to talk about how Democratic messaging has gone wrong, and how to get it right.

Resources:”Immigrant Neighborhoods Shifted Red as the Country Chose Blue” by Weiyi Cai and Ford Fessenden, New York Times (Dec. 20, 2020)

“The Five Deadly Sins of the Left” by Ruy Teixeira, American Compass (Oct. 13, 2020)

“‘Hidden Tribes,’ the new report centrists are using to explain away polarization, explained” by Zack Beauchamp, Vox (Oct. 22, 2018)

Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Thomas Frank: Liberals want to blame right-wing ‘misinformation’ for our problems. Get real.

“Let me confess: every time I read one of these stories calling on us to get over free speech or calling on Mark Zuckerberg to press that big red “mute” button on our political opponents, I feel a wave of incredulity sweep over me. Liberals believe in liberty, I tell myself. This can’t really be happening here in the USA. But, folks, it is happening. And the folly of it all is beyond belief. To say that this will give the right an issue to campaign on is almost too obvious. To point out that it will play straight into the right’s class-based grievance-fantasies requires only a little more sophistication. To say that it is a betrayal of everything we were taught liberalism stood for – a betrayal that we will spend years living down – may be too complex a thought for our punditburo to consider, but it is nevertheless true.”

Source: Liberals want to blame rightwing ‘misinformation’ for our problems. Get real | Digital media | The Guardian

You Can’t Censor Away Extremism (or Any Other Problem) Should we stop hate speech? What makes you think we can? – Freddie deBoer

When people say they want to ban hate speech, what they really mean is that they want to ban hate. And you may as well say that we should ban jealousy, or anger, or greed, or fear. Hate is an endemic part of the human experience and so hate speech always will be too, even after they implant behavior-modification chips in our brains. Ban all the words you like; people will find new ways to express hate. Censorship is always an end run around a larger issue, a deeper, more vexing, stickier issue. The problem is never the expressions you wish to repress themselves but the existence of the people who would express them, and those people are ultimately the product of conditions in the world you can’t control. You cannot eliminate hate from the world, and no one alive will live to see the end of fascism. What you can do is to mitigate the negative effects of hate as best you can by empowering targeted groups and by trying to present a more compelling and attractive vision than the fascists. But that’s wild, unrealistic stuff. Try to stamp out extremism and hate with censorship when every attempt to do so has failed in the history of the world, cool. Try to make people see why you’re right and the other side is wrong? That’s too crazy to contemplate.

Source: You Can’t Censor Away Extremism (or Any Other Problem) – Freddie deBoer