Why Did Conventional Wisdom Get Trump and Brexit So Wrong?

Candice Holdsworth speaks to Thor Holt of the Write With Courage podcast. They discussed why the mainstream media got two of the biggest political events of our time – Trump and Brexit – so very wrong.

Many are now saying that the mainstream media is slowly dying. What will replace it?

Facebook, for instance, is beginning to increasingly dominate content production online. Thor makes some very salient points about why that should concern us.

Jordan B. Peterson: Hate Thrives Underground

Professor Jordan B. Peterson on why sunlight and air is the best disinfectant for hateful speech:

“You want to drive the people who hate underground?

We know what happens, psychologically, when you do that. It’s a very bad idea. Anything you drive underground thrives. It thrives.

It partly thrives because it isn’t even allowed to express itself. And then it festers and turns into hatred that far exceeds the original. The idea that you make society safe by not letting horrible people say terrible things is not a good proposition.”

 

George Orwell on Total Power

Chilling scene from George Orwell’s 1984, which demonstrates the true horror of total power:

“There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.”

Bertrand Russell: Free Thinker

Some wise words from the brilliant freethinker Bertrand Russell:

When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out.

Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts.


 

 

The Islamic State and the Fragility of Culture

Amid the hysteria and tumult of the Trump inauguration, some of you may have missed the latest event in the Islamic State’s far too enduring campaign of wanton destruction against everything that makes human culture a worthwhile project (author’s note: I will henceforth refer to them by their appropriate name of Islamic State rather than pervert the name of a beautiful ancient Egyptian goddess). Having retaken the territory after an earlier desecration in 2015, IS destroyed the Tetrapylon structure at the site of the Roman theatre of Palmyra in Syria, one of the most beautiful structures of classical antiquity. It seems they were intent on finishing what they started in 2015 when they tore through Palmyra in a frenzy of destruction, levelling the 2000-year-old Temple of Bel and many other historical artefacts. A spray-painted scrawl of Jihadist graffiti can be seen peppering the rubble, laying desecration on demolition. Read More…

Who Are The Fascists Here?

The so-called “anti-fascists” are unable to see beyond their own professed beliefs to how their behaviour actually comes across.

Last weekend, during the Trump inauguration in Washington D.C., nearly a million demonstrators descended on America’s capital city to protest the election of Donald Trump. This included the very well attended “Women’s March”, which was, for the most part, peaceful and well organized. Even if one disagreed with their reasons for taking to the streets, it has to be recognized that there was absolutely nothing sinister or ominous about it all. It was people expressing strongly held political beliefs in a perfectly legitimate way.

The same cannot be said for many within the “Antifa” or “Black Bloc” movement, also in attendance, who, storming along with their matching black outfits, flags and masked faces, smashing windows, cars and setting fires, appear just as intolerant as anything which they claim to oppose.

They behaved in exactly the same way during the 2010 students fees protests in Britain, injecting a fascistic strain of violence into normal democratic proceedings.

It is the fascist who responds to an utterance with an authoritarian fist and who engages in desecration rather than discourse.