CATCHING UP ON MY READING

Here of late I have been kind of busy. So, I am happy to have a little bit of time to relax and read. That includes reading my favorite blogs. So, when I saw this recommendation, Cynical Theory/Cognitive Liberty? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com), I decided to take insanitybytes22 advice.

What did insanitybytes22 suggest? She points us to four posts on Mel Wild’s blog, In My Father’s House | “…that where I am you may be also.” Jn.14:3 (wordpress.com).

Mel Wild has been doing some great educational posts around the idea of Deconstructing the Communist Manifesto and How Identity Politics came to America.

Also, The Cynical Theories of the Left and Repressive Tolerance: decoding the hypocrisy of the radical left.

Really good stuff, easy to read, has some good videos and links, too. I snagged a couple of phrases, “cynical theory” being a more accurate name for “critical theory,” and “cognitive liberty” actually just being the freedom to think for yourself, including things like engaging in free speech.

Cynical Theory/Cognitive Liberty? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)

If you want to understand just how destructive the Democratic Party has become, check out Mel Wild’s blog. Then contemplate the American Civil War. The Democratic Party, the same political party that nearly tore the United States apart over the issue of slavery still exists, and that party is just as racist as ever. In fact, because that party has adopted Marxist beliefs, the Democratic Party more dangerously bigoted.

Don’t agree with me? Well, unlike a Liberal Democrat I will tolerate your right to have a differing opinion. Nevertheless, I suggest you check out Deconstructing the Communist Manifesto | In My Father’s House (wordpress.com). The subject is a video where Jordan Peterson goes through the major points of the Communist Manifesto. What is impressive is Peterson’s demonstration of critical thinking, what it means to thoroughly examine an idea.

We all need to critically examine what the politicians we vote for stand for. Those who vote for Democrats in particular need to think critically about the ideas that Democrats stand for. Otherwise, foolish Democrats will destroy our republic.

7 thoughts on “CATCHING UP ON MY READING

  1. Tom,

    Interesting opinion articles we all need to discern about the present path of political folly we are now experiencing in our Nation.

    For example

    “Movements from the left must be extended tolerance, even when they are violent, while movements from the right must not be tolerated, including suppressing them by violence.”

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sad.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  2. Thanks for the plug, Tom. In view of what’s happening, if the Democratice party doesn’t divorce itself from the neo-Marxist radicals that have taken over their party, they are going to be done as a functional alternative political party. People are finding out what this is all about and it won’t bode well for them.

    I also want to stress that I differientiate between liberals and leftists. They are not the same thing if you define leftism as one embracing neo-Marxism and all its offshoots. The radical left has confused this in order to hide behind a reputable party. But when you look more closely, the two groups couldn’t be more different. Traditional liberals are progressive and believe in free speech, neo-Marxists are regressive and want to suppress free speech. Traditional liberals love America; the neo-Marxist leftists hate America. We need the liberals in this country to stand with us against the cancer of neo-Marxism (“neo” being cultural Marxism–Identity Politics, CRT, SJW, Cancel Culture, anti-American, woke, Antifa, BLM, etc.)

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    1. @Mel Wild

      Providing the plug was my pleasure.

      The politicians in the Democratic Party have nearly destroyed the words “liberal” and “progressive.” When a politician calls himself “liberal,” people have learned to think that politician as a tyrannical busybody. Similarly, when “liberal” politicians started calling themselves “progressive” after “liberal” lost its once positive connotation, people started thinking of self-professed “progressives” and regressive threats to their liberties.

      So, how should we use these terms? Unfortunately, we now have to use a modifier with the term “liberal” as you did, “traditional liberals.” My preference is the expression “classical liberal.” Except to use it this way, “liberal/progressive,” I usually don’t bother with the term “progressive.” I have always thought the term “progressive” too nebulous to be useful. What is progress to one person may be the opposite to another. That is especially true when the government is involved.

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      1. @ Tom.

        I’ve kind of landed on “liberal” meaning classical liberal and the neo-Marxists are the “leftists,” or radical leftists.

        To be progressive, I believe, comes from Hegel’s dialectic method in the early 19th century (also Kant), which you could say is also a bit Marxist since Marx was influenced by Hegel. With the dialectic method you have the thesis (for example, society as it is), it’s contradictions and problems (antithesis), and synthesis (make improvements from contemplating the thesis and antithesis). That would be the positive connotation—the classic progressive liberal theories. They believed that this method would eventually bring about some utopian society with no poverty, crime, etc. The problem with their theory is that there is no utopian layer under all the problems, only fallen humanity. That’s why it never works. It’s also why free enterprise capitalism and our constitution does work. Those are built with checks and balances (or competition) that mitigates against fallen human nature.

        But the postmodern neo-Marxists with their “woke” CRT and the criticial social justice theories are very much regressive. They’ve turned antithesis into the totally negative deconstruction of our culture with no regard for sythesis, only the destruction of capitalism and freedom. They do it by bullying the opposition into silence, and only allowing their position to be heard, which is classic totalitarianism. That’s why this is such a pernicious cancer to our culture. Classic liberals, libertarians, and conservatives should all be very much against it.

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