The Social Currency of Victimhood

 

Much has been made in recent months of the so-called “generation snowflake”. This is hardly surprising given the disproportionate role of millennials in re-shaping social and political norms in frankly sinister ways; the destruction of free expression and open conversation on university campuses; the championing of censorship, the anti-science impulses that run through gender-identity movements; and the segregationist attitude to identity in general. To be clear from the outset, I am always against the demonization of people just for the membership of a generation or age-group – I always found the stereotyping of Generation X as feckless and nihilistic or Generation X’s own loathing of baby-boomers distasteful. I was disgusted by the hatred directed at the elderly following the Brexit vote and I recognise that there are many millennials who are extremely frustrated by the attitudes of their peers. Be that as it may, generation snowflake, as a description of an attitudinal subset of millennials, is somewhat apt and warrants further analysis. Read More…

How Simple Narratives Conceal Complex Truths. Interview With Peter Hitchens

On the Imagine Athena podcast I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, one of my go-to writers and thinkers.

We discussed how simplistic moral narratives are used in political discourse to conceal harder, more complex truths about the world.

Did Britain really attain the victory it set out to in WW2? Is Britain’s relationship with the US a lot more adversarial than the two countries like to admit? And can Trump really make America great again?

The two books he mentions in the podcast are The Deluge by Adam Tooze and The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

The Imagine Athena Podcast is also available on iTunes.

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.”