I have grown tired of railing against social justice activism and attempts at censorship. I no longer take as much pleasure in listening to deeply interesting people such as Douglas Murray, Maajid Nawaz, or Helen Pluckrose discuss regressive leftist ideology or political correctness gone mad. It all truly strikes me as a giant opportunity cost where time would be far better spent discussing the actual science and not the meta controversy, or the actual philosophy and not where it fits into an arbitrary political spectrum.
Unfortunately my exhaustion with the topic doesn’t mean that I can live on pretending it doesn’t occupy an important part of the social dialogue, indeed it perverts the dialogue itself and renders the so-called Overton window a curiosity rather than a useful gauge of what people think or want to discuss. This is why it is that my new aim is to engage where necessary, and otherwise tackle the interesting and occasionally unnecessarily controversial topics as though we have all agreed that this rise of the far left is nothing but the fancy of a few misguided and loud individuals.
What are the conversations I want to have in good faith? Let’s start with the game theory behind having disparate populations working within a global system communally abandon our evolutionary tribal tendencies such that we can tackle truly planetary issues together. Or an even bigger issue, from where now do we get our morality with an increasing number of people no longer satisfied with the answers provided by failing organised religions? Of course there are also all of the political problems that need tackling in a reasoned manner rather than within the arena of the party wars. This isn’t to mention my desire to completely ignore the pretend issues based on falsehoods such as “why are women paid less?”