‘Critical Social Justice’ and biological viruses have some surprising similarities… and both can be devastating to their host.
The spooky thing about James Lindsay’s academic insights into the changes hitting up academia and the nation’s institutions is that through that lens, AOC’s insane statements suddenly follow a perverse logic.
Even ridiculous notions like this one: AOC Wants REPARATIONS Considered In Coronavirus Relief Funding fit within a particular narrative.
This isn’t the same as saying they make SENSE, exactly, it’s just that we have a far better window into the nature of the poisoned ideas she’s so busily regurgitating.
They — like viral infections — follow a specific pattern that can be both understood and predicted.
Virus work toward an endgame of hijacking a host to replicate its genetic material — without regard to any harm done to the host.
Similarly, ‘Criticial Social Justice’ movements work toward an endgame of hijacking institutions with ideology — without regard to any harm done to the host.
If you’re interested in a deep-dive into this topic Lindsay’s your guy.
Here’s a sample:
It does this in easily describable ways in various contexts. Because these dynamics are easily described, the outcomes they produce and progression they follow is predictable. Within communities, it creates something like a divisive standoff, where everyone has to take (moral) sides on Critical Social Justice issues until the infighting conquers the institution. This is part of a bigger pattern of infection and takeover, though, that is particularly poignant in our academic environments, where Critical Social Justice was engineered, incubated, and thus still maintains overwhelmingly the most sway. I wrote this pattern down some months ago, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it as it pertains mostly to academia, which might as well be in Narnia for all anyone cares about it unless they work or study there.
Recently, I noticed the same pattern is playing out in a very rapid fashion with the mounting response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In academia, this process can take years, maybe even a decade or more, to really start having a significant impact—and make no mistake, it can start having this impact in any field, not just the humanities and social sciences, but also the “hard sciences,” including math, physics, and astronomy. For example, as was recently published, among many similar pieces and a nasty controversy about compelled diversity statements in mathematics professorships, in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society: “This small sampling suggests a handful of possibilities for mathematics as, say, an intersectional, anti-racist, and class-consciously feminist enterprise. In any case, if we can agree that mathematics can operate as whiteness, then we have a moral duty to ask how mathematics might be otherwise,” by Tian An. — NewDiscourses
Grab yourself a beverage, mark out about an hour — even grab a notepad if you like. He takes his time going through it, but he covers the topic deeply.