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Reply #60 - Feb 2nd, 2024 at 4:10pm
 
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Reply #61 - Feb 2nd, 2024 at 6:25pm
 
Frank wrote on Jan 19th, 2024 at 8:34am:
Wokeness is an ideology that attracts a lot of criticism - much of which is warranted. That said, I believe the “Anti-Woke” crowd leaves much to be desired regarding offering meaningful solutions. Without a clear path toward solving the problem, it is easy for pessimism to seep in and demoralize a movement.

Hanania is able to create one possible roadmap by identifying specific pieces of legislation that created the conditions in American society for Wokeness to flourish and by providing approaches for addressing them.

https://therabbithole84.substack.com/p/origins-of-woke-law-book-review


Despite the intentions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, its original vision of colorblind status under the law has been subverted by Woke Law which makes every disparity a form of discrimination, incentivizes government and corporations to engage in aggressive social engineering practices through policies like affirmative action, has kickstarted a massive Human Resources Industry, and has invited the government into the bedroom to regulate people’s sex lives. Things do not have to be this way and Richard Hanania has given us a path forward in The Origins of Woke.



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Wokeness is an ideology that attracts a lot of criticism


Wokness is mainly garbage made up by the right to justify their lies.
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Reply #62 - Feb 2nd, 2024 at 11:56pm
 

Pillars of Woke Law
It isn't easy to summarize Hanania’s work without being reductive, but, for the sake of this post, I will focus on a few broad themes that reoccur throughout the book that essentially form the pillars of Woke Law which are as follows:

Affirmative Action
What is it? Affirmative Action is a system of demographic preferences most commonly revolving around race and sex.

How is it enforced? Through Executive Orders 11246 and 11478.

What can be done? Repeal aforementioned Executive Orders and place more concrete bans on demographic preferences. The Supreme Court recently ruled against such types of preferences which will help provide some legal ammo through precedent.

Disparate Impact
What is it? Disparate Impact can be thought of as a legal doctrine that arbitrarily conflates discrimination and disparities - therefore, any disparity (even if it is caused by factors other than discrimination), will be attributed to discrimination.

How is it enforced? Through legal precedents set through Supreme Court cases like Griggs v. Duke Power Company (1971).

What can be done? Overturn the aforementioned legal precedents and more precisely define what “discrimination” is in the context of Civil Rights Law.

Harassment Law
What is it? A claim that making certain demographics (typically women and minorities) uncomfortable is a violation of Title VII (Equal Employment Opportunity) and thus necessitates measures as extreme as silencing free speech. Corporate efforts to mitigate risk in this area have resulted in a massive human resources bureaucracy. Title IX has further spread the tendrils of policies Harassment Law into the universities.

How is it enforced? Through Title VII and Title IX.

What can be done? Emphasize legal contradictions within the enforcement mechanisms and codify protections using the First Amendment as precedent.

https://therabbithole84.substack.com/p/origins-of-woke-law-book-review
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Reply #63 - Feb 14th, 2024 at 8:33am
 
In Nietzsche, Hegel’s thought meets its nemesis: truth is now a convenient fiction, the unity of the self is an illusion, power rather than reason rules human affairs, history is a chapter of gruesome accidents and the world is a scene of flux and fluidity without inherent meaning or value. All this is to be celebrated rather than lamented, and the name of the celebration, strangely enough, is tragedy.

At a popular level, among hippies and dissident students, all this helped to nourish a culture in which freedom was boundless and thus vacuous, hierarchy was suspect and the very idea of an institution smacked of repression. The political goal was to leap in one bound from a degraded present to a utopian future. In excavating Hegel’s political thought, Bourke’s never quite declared intention is to take issue with this slipshod radicalism, not least as it survives in our own time; and if rereading Hegel is an effective way of doing so, it is because Bourke takes his political thought to revolve around a series of revolutions whose outcomes were dismally at odds with their original intentions.
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You don’t need to tack some arbitrary utopian dimension onto what exists, since what exists already secretes within itself the seeds of what ought to be. There is no need to be strung out between the everyday world and political fantasy. The only viable future is one with its roots in the present, not one that is parachuted into it by dreams or diktats. You can only grasp the essence of a thing by grasping what it is in the act of becoming.
https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v46/n04/terry-eagleton/seeds-of-what-ought-to-be
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Reply #64 - Feb 14th, 2024 at 10:21am
 
Politics in the Northern Hemisphere only supports the 'individual' and/or the 'establishment' of Politics itself - never the 'people' even though that's the excuse for it to exist. Never in history has it directly involved itself or existed in 'equality' with 'the People'. The People are the Crime.
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AIMLESS EXTENTION OF KNOWLEDGE HOWEVER, WHICH IS WHAT I THINK YOU REALLY MEAN BY THE TERM 'CURIOSITY', IS MERELY INEFFICIENCY. I AM DESIGNED TO AVOID INEFFICIENCY.
 
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Reply #65 - Apr 1st, 2024 at 7:50am
 
Today’s activism is shaped by a philosophical worldview known as critical theory. Developed by post-WWII academics such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, critical theory is an analytical framework that aims to identify and dismantle systems of power. It takes Karl Marx’s critique of capitalism and extends it into other domains, including race, gender, sexuality, nationality and indigeneity. Systems of power that need to be dismantled include white supremacy, patriarchy, cis-heteronormativity, colonialism and capitalism.

This preoccupation with power is why social justice activism today comes in a package. The civil rights movements of the past focused on tangible results, such as making changes to legislation that would promote dignity and equality for all.

But since racial, gender and, later, marriage equality have become formally enshrined by law, the focus of activists has shifted from the concrete to the abstract, with the goal now being to “dismantle power”.
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Reply #66 - Apr 1st, 2024 at 9:18pm
 
dismantle 'white' power.

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Reply #67 - May 4th, 2024 at 2:10pm
 
Sydney Biennale - another year, another load of preposterous ideological bollocks



Of course we should have known what to expect from the first press release, issued last year: Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero said: “Ten Thousand Suns departs from an acknowledgment of a multiplicity of perspectives, cosmologies, and ways of life that have always woven together the world under the sun. A multiplicity of suns conveys an ambiguous image … But it also conveys the joy of cultural multiplicities affirmed, of First Nations understandings of the cosmos brought to the fore, and of carnivals as forms of resistance in contexts that have surpassed colonial oppression.”

If you are wondering why, after so many ideological buzzwords, the curators omitted “capitalist”, it appears in the second paragraph, where they acknowledge “the deep ecological crises derived from colonial and capitalist exploitation while refusing to concede to an apocalyptic vision of the future. The 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes instead solar and radiant forms of resistance that affirm collective possibilities around a future that is not only possible, but necessary to be lived in joy and plenitude.”


[Not satire at all. They mean it]


This Biennale, even more than its predecessors, has succumbed to ideology and moral posturing. Beyond and as we know often in conflict with feminism is the infatuation with an idea of “queerness”. So-called queer art has always remained marginal because many of the greatest artists of the past already had complex and fluid sexual lives, without being boxed into the categories that were imposed over the past century and have now multiplied into ever more alphabetical sub-identities.

What is curious here is to see how “queer” is trying to gain greater traction or legitimacy by assimilating the Indigenous, even though nothing could be more antithetical to the values of “queer” than traditional Aboriginal society with its patriarchal and authoritarian structure and rigidly defined and enforced gender roles. The idea of “black queer” is a postcultural hybrid spawned by an alienated urban environment.

But this spurious assimilation is also significant because the main ideological program of this Biennale is to deplore “colonialism”, supposedly the cause of all the woes of the contemporary world, from injustice to climate change. Wall texts and labels throughout claim credibility for various indifferent exhibits on the grounds that they are critiques of colonialism or settler culture.

As I have said before, the Left hates colonists and settlers, but loves migrants and refugees; and yet all of these are overlapping categories, if not ultimately the same thing in the long course of history – and certainly in the case of ­Australia.

Population movements, settlement, empires and colonisation are, historically speaking, simply ways that civilisations have been brought to less developed peoples, and that knowledge and technology have been shared across humanity for thousands of years. All historical processes involve confrontations and therefore injustices; these should not be denied, but they are ultimately incidental to the greater movements of which they are a part.

The idea that we could even begin to feed ourselves without modern farming techniques is ludicrous; we cannot imagine a life without literacy, books, science, technology, medicine, philosophy and critical thought.

And yet, as we have seen, this exhibition is steeped in an ideology of deluded nostalgia for the past. The very idea of modern or contemporary art seems to have been consumed by this ideology.

Above all, this year’s Biennale confirms that the cultural establishment is radically out of touch with what is really happening in the contemporary world, whether politically, socially or culturally.

Their yearning for primitivism is not a form of critical “resistance” as they would like to believe, but a futile and self-indulgent escapism.




The cultural/arts establishment is completely unserious, deluded, often deranged. All thought, all reason, all talent, joy, creativity - in short, all culture and art - are gone, smothered, suffocated.

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Reply #68 - May 20th, 2024 at 8:00pm
 
Well - you were never going to see Michelangelo dragged down from the Sistine Chapel roof to go put out the rubbish...



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Reply #69 - May 20th, 2024 at 8:14pm
 
Their yearning for primitivism is not a form of critical “resistance” as they would like to believe, but a futile and self-indulgent escapism.




The cultural/arts establishment is completely unserious, deluded, often deranged. All thought, all reason, all talent, joy, creativity - in short, all culture and art - are gone, smothered, suffocated.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/sydneys-biennale-is-behind-the-time...
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Reply #70 - May 20th, 2024 at 10:30pm
 
Frank wrote on May 20th, 2024 at 8:14pm:
Their yearning for primitivism is not a form of critical “resistance” as they would like to believe, but a futile and self-indulgent escapism.




The cultural/arts establishment is completely unserious, deluded, often deranged. All thought, all reason, all talent, joy, creativity - in short, all culture and art - are gone, smothered, suffocated.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/sydneys-biennale-is-behind-the-time...


Much better for everyone to slave for the economy and the profit of 0.5% of the population.

You seem to sidestep the national culture which is what it primarily means.
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