Why it’s time to take ‘wokeness’ seriously

Jul 30, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: “Wokeness is a religion”. How many times have we heard that recently? White officials washing the feet of Black Lives Matter protest leaders, kneeling groups reciting pledges to renounce their privilege, ritual chants, not to mention public punishment of heretics and a growing body of fiercely-defended and not particularly logical doctrine. The comparison is always meant as a criticism. The people who wield it see the story of the West as one of Reason advancing...

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Lecturer, 73, who was sacked for praising Jewish scientists and German engineers slams woke brigade

Jul 26, 2020 by

by Ian Gallagher, Mailonline: As a young engineer, Stephen Lamonby was taken under the wing of an elderly colleague and given a piece of wisdom he has never forgotten – ‘Knowledge not passed on is knowledge wasted.’ Over the next half century, Mr Lamonby, now 73, designed Navy torpedoes, satellite-carrying rockets, oil rigs and special effects for Hollywood blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator. Generous with his time, he was true to his mentor’s maxim, and when...

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On critics and bullies

Jul 25, 2020 by

by Robert P George, MercatorNet: What are the differences between a critic and a bully? There is an astonishing amount of bullying going on right now—in academia and elsewhere—and it is imperative that people stand up to those who seek to intimidate them into either silence or, more appallingly still, the affirmation of beliefs they actually do not hold. At the same time, we need to remember that the spirit of truth-seeking is a self-critical spirit, so we must avoid the temptation to insulate...

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How the bullying of New York Times editor Bari Weiss points to a coming tyranny

Jul 21, 2020 by

by John Horvat II, LifeSite: Liberalism thrives on the façade of a single lie to which all must subscribe—that there is no absolute truth. Of course, everyone knows or at least suspects that absolute truth does exist. In a liberal order, however, people pretend it does not exist so that everyone can get along. Behind the fiction of this façade, people can believe whatever they want as long as they hurt no one and abide by the rules of polite, civil discourse. The problem with a system without...

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ACNA Archbishop says America has removed ethical, moral and spiritual foundations

Jul 21, 2020 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: America is seeing an unprecedented removal of ethical, moral and spiritual foundations which in the past has allowed the country to be blessed by God; to be civil; to be protected; and to be successful as a nation, says Anglican Archbishop Foley Beach. “I come this day with a heavy heart for our nation; for our people; for our children; for our grandchildren; and people of faith.” “Since we have had a public covenant with God, do you thank that...

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It’s not an exaggeration to compare the methods used by the new ‘woke movement’ to those of Mao’s Red Guards

Jul 19, 2020 by

by John Gray, Mailonline: Today we are no longer living in a free society. Instead, we are ruled by those who try to enforce their extreme views by shaming and ruining those who think differently. It is not far-fetched to compare the methods of this ‘woke movement’ to those of Chairman Mao’s Red Guards, who terrorised the Chinese people half a century ago. The so-called ‘cancel culture’ – publicly shaming and trying to undermine the professional standing of anyone who deviates from ever-more...

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