Questionable Motives

January 25, 2019

Look how ‘fringe’ Valerie Terico has become!

Filed under: Uncategorized — tildeb @ 10:20 am

Valerie has written a very clear post here about this similarity I have raised between the group-based anti-liberal ‘woke’ culture and evangelicalism. Because she’s a former evangelical (whereas I am not), she takes the time and makes the effort to carefully lay out twelve areas of close similarities in an article well worth reading… not because these points mirror my own observations and encounters but because they are written much better!

She raises many vital points I have already raised that demonstrate the illiberal principles we face as this ideology becomes put into practice by various levels of authority – and the very real danger to our shared rights and freedoms that evangelical ideology also brings to bear… enough to warrant a strong atheist reaction to it in the past – that form the foundation of what I see as this totalitarian ‘progressive’ ideology in action, such as the following tidbits I’ve extracted in order to highlight the extent of the alignment of views and criticism between us:

“Through the lens of dichotomizing ideologies, each of us is seen—first and foremost—not as a complicated individual, but as a member of a group, with moral weight attached to our status as an insider or outsider.”

“The intent is to rectify old wrongs and current inequities–to literally solve discrimination with discrimination.”

“Jargon isn’t merely a tool for efficient or precise communication as it is in many professions, it is a sign of belonging and moral virtue.”

“Note that this is not about individual experience of oppression or privilege, hardship or ease. Rather, generic average oppression scores get assigned to each tribe and then to each person based on intersecting tribal identities.”

“Note that this contradicts core tenets of liberal, humanist, and traditional progressive thought.”

“Anyone who questions core dogmas commits heresy, and anyone who preaches against them should be de-platformed or silenced. The Woke also have tenets of faith that must not be questioned.”

“In Woke culture, any pushback is perceived as a sign of white fragility or worse, a sign that one is a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe, or transphobe.”

For many of the Woke, the equivalent of mainline Christians are old school social liberals, like women who wear pink pussy hats. Working for colorblindness, for example, is not just considered a suboptimal way of addressing racism (which is a position that people can make arguments for). Rather, it is itself a symptom of racism.”

“Maoist struggle sessions (forced public confessions) and Soviet self-criticism are examples of extreme shaming in social-critical movements seeking to upend traditional power structures. So, it should be no surprise that some of the Woke show little hesitation when call-out opportunities present themselves—nor that they remain unrelentingly righteous even when those call-outs leave a life or a family in ruins.”

“Disinterest in inconvenient truths or worse, denial of inconvenient truths, is generally a sign that ideology is at play.”

“Critical Oppression Theory on campus has its epicenter in gender and race studies but has become a mainstay in schools of public health and law as well as the liberal arts. Once this becomes the dominant lens for human interactions, students police themselves—and each other.”

“Where Evangelicalism traffics in hubris cloaked as humility, Woke culture traffics in discrimination cloaked as inclusion. The far left demands that hiring practices, organizational hierarchies, social affinity groups, political strategizing, and funding flow give primacy to race and gender.”

“Some Christian leaders have actually proclaimed that the suffering of the damned in hell heightens the joy of the saved in heaven. Some of the Woke curse those they see as fascists to burn in the very same Christian hell, metaphorically if not literally. They dream of restorative justice for criminal offenses but lifelong, ruinous retribution for political sinners.”

This is why I make the call that we need – our liberal secular democracies must have to survive – a new breed of New Atheists, those who do not believe in GroupThink,  those who have chosen the red pill over the blue, and those who are able to begin to criticize and counter this anti-liberal ideological ‘woke’ onslaught, to see its pillars of Post Modernism, Identity Politics, and Marxist roots for what they are in practice, in reality: an intentional attack against core liberal values, against individual rights and freedoms, against the ongoing quest to achieve equality and dignity of individual personhood in law that respects all individuals, in governance, in public policy. We need people willing and able to show that what is being sold to well-intentioned but naive and gullible Western populations – these willing believers (or silent critics) in GroupThink – as ‘progressive’ and therefore ‘Left’ is in fact the opposite. It’s creeping totalitarianism.

These incorrect assumptions about the ‘higher’ moral virtue of this regressive ideology disguised as ‘woke’ culture are the lies being promoted and protected in our education system, in public issues, online and in media, in boardrooms and bedrooms. The self censoring must go. The assumptions that empower this ideological coup against our enlightenment values have to be challenged directly and openly and the New Evangelicals/Social Justice Warriors called out publicly to have their incorrect assumptions revealed for the totalitarian nature they front and see themselves as this movement’s pathogenic carriers, the foot soldiers, of this toxic ideology.

If we don’t rise to the defense of our core liberal values based on the individual from this malignant GroupThink ideology that assigns victimhood and inherited guilt by tribe, nobody will. And then it will be too late. For you. The culturally empowered Red Guard will have its day and you will be assigned by them what you will think or face the consequences of your blasphemy. You have a personal stake in this, whether you recognize it or not.



  1. Yep, I read all of her posts and have read her book as well. At first I thought the topic might have been a stretch by I think by the end of it she nailed her point quite nicely.

    There is a propensity to identify people into groups to acquire “followers.” There is also a propensity to exaggerate as the early “Save the Earth” campaign demonstrated. (The Earth is in no danger … our own assess, however, are, but a Save Your Ass campaign wouldn’t have created much of a stir.)

    Comment by Steve Ruis — January 25, 2019 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  2. Hey Steve, I understand the usefulness of creating groups and using the construct to create a larger identity beyond the individual but this ideology I am criticizing has done the opposite: reduce the individual to be the construct in all ways. This is the danger to our Western civilization that is based on the empowerment of the individual. That is why the ideology is absolutely and unequivocally anti-liberal and so all these expressions of the ideology is an attack against each and every one of us.

    Comment by tildeb — January 25, 2019 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • Maybe it’s easier for those people deeply familiar with dishonest evangelical methods to recognize the same being used in the social justice movement than it is for many of us who assume the jargon represents its content when in fact it actually fronts the opposite (the inversion of meaning I have often mentioned). Thanks, John. This ‘fringe’ position is starting to get crowded… not by wingnuts as some commentators have tried to argue but quite respectable and intelligent and erudite people. That’s a clue, too.

      Comment by tildeb — January 26, 2019 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  3. And here’s another so-called ‘fringe’ voice chiming in on what pernicious wider effect the ‘woke’ cohort has on our society – a cohort always so quick to buy into the GroupThink narrative by which they frame the world while applying their social justice ideology to interpret real life events… creating an alternate reality filled with bigotry, discrimination, intolerance, and faith-based conclusions they believe as a matter of faith must be true. Reality be damned.

    This article was written by Andrew Sullivan about the Covington school teens waiting at the Memorial waiting to be picked up by their bus and the false narrative that swamped both the media as well as social media creating yet more real life victims of this toxic ideology named ‘social justice’. It’s anything but. He writes (emphasis is mine),

    The point here is that tribal hatred can consume even the best of us. And this is what will inevitably happen once you’ve redefined racism or sexism to mean prejudice plus power. (Snip) This is the abyss of hate versus hate, tribe versus tribe. This is a moment when we can look at ourselves in the mirror of social media and see what we have become. Liberal democracy is being dismantled before our eyes — by all of us. This process is greater than one president. It is bottom-up as well as top-down. Tyranny, as Damon Linker reminded us this week, is not just political but psychological, and the tyrannical impulse, ratcheted up by social media, is in all of us. It infects the soul of the entire body politic. It destroys good people. It slowly strangles liberal democracy. This is the ongoing extinction level event.

    Comment by tildeb — January 26, 2019 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  4. On the bright side: thousands of laid off SJW “journalists” have found out that they will have to learn to code or find alternative employment. 🙂

    Comment by Ron — January 30, 2019 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  5. Ah yes, citizen ‘journalists’. And woe to them who report just the facts. After all, facts are so subjective and patriarchal, not to mention racist and privileged, so alternative facts will do just fine. Within the narrative guidelines, of course. That’s how one keeps one’s job as a correspondent in the public square these days.

    Comment by tildeb — January 30, 2019 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  6. And don’t think for one second the arts are immune from this totalitarian bent of the social justice warriors. Sensitivity Commisars? Oh yes. Intersectional Red Guards? Sure. We need these ‘guardians’ to protect the public, donchaknow! These are the people who are self-appointed to read books prior to publication to check whether or not the fiction – fiction, mind you – meets their ideological approval and passes the litmus test for correct Identity Politics, privilege, and power imbalances. GroupThink.

    This social editing practice is now endemic throughout the Canadian publishers landscape… especially concerning to those who rely on Canada Council grants to stay in their subsidized business. After all, why should some mere writer have the final say over their creative work and dare to then allow the public to decide on its merit? No, no, no. We must have the SJWs in charge: the right people, properly educated, the people who confuse freedom of expression with sedition. These are the social justice warriors we are to follow. Such writers who dare to protest this totalitarian championing must be enemies of the People… unless they willingly and meekly go along with the ideological progressive purists who populate the ctrl Left.

    “Orwell’s 1946 essay is quite relevant here, since it ends with a warning that liberty of thought—and literature with it—is not only doomed under actual totalitarian regimes, but endangered when writers in free countries adopt a “totalitarian outlook.” Current “social justice” ideology, which insists that all attitudes or tropes that may “uphold oppression” in some form must be ruthlessly eradicated, is fundamentally totalitarian. It may not have guns or gulags at its disposal, and despite its considerable influence it is certainly very far from having total control of society. But its zeal to remake culture and consciousness is strongly reminiscent of China’s Cultural Revolution and Soviet Russia.” (Source)

    Comment by tildeb — February 10, 2019 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  7. Oh, look: another ‘fringe’ professor:

    “Whole categories of inquiry about race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and identity can only go so far before the enquirer exercises prudent self-censorship or is shut down as racist, sexist, or x-phobic.

    These lines of inquiry are judged so out of bounds that they don’t require a response based on evidence or argument. Rather it is sufficient to identify them as falling into a particular category (sexist/homophobic/Islamophobic/racist or socialist/collectivist/globalist/secularist depending on context and one’s politics) to discredit them. Once the appropriate category is identified, one is freed from the need to counter the argument or debate the point. It might be called refutation by categorization.

    The best analogy I have found for this type of thinking is religious heresy. Heresies are ideas that have been judged to be false by religious authorities. Once an idea is judged heretical the faithful need no longer engage with proponents of that idea. The idea is heretical and the person who advocates it is himself a heretic and thus not just incorrect or wrong, but wrong in willful defiance of the truth as defined by authoritative consensus. Heretical ideas, and the heretics who espouse them, should not be ignored in their wrongness; they should be suppressed lest the innocent be harmed by the heretic’s falsehoods. It is even possible to dismiss someone’s ideas because similar ideas have been espoused by known heretics.”

    Comment by tildeb — February 10, 2019 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

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