Wednesday September 23, 2020
Articles, Podcasts, and Videos
Rod Dreher (Editor/Writer). Dreher wrote what I think to be the most important article of this decade. It will be the only article showcased here today.
Senior editor for The American Conservative Magazine, Dreher looks at Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, a radical public intellectual whose books include How to Be an Antiracist (2019) and Stamped from the Beginning (2016) are best sellers over the rise of Black Lives Matter. Kendi has been covered at New Discourses specifically in the article, Defining Racism Up: Ibram X. Kendi’s Weird Definition of Anti-racism. As writer and economist Thomas Sowell explains, “[i]intellectual’s work begins and ends with ideas… Adam Smith never ran a business and Karl Marx never administered a Gulag… They were intellectuals” (Intellectuals and Society, p.3). Kendi is cut from the same cloth. As Dreher cites from Kendi’s own twitter account, a person is either racist or anti-racist but never not racist. Kendi’s intellectualism distorts reality for his radical ideals which are to make us all broke or woke. He cannot nor does not acknowledge the absurdity of his argument that we must always be “Doing the work” of fighting racism which sounds like a good cause until one realizes that his form of racism is everything White, Eurocentric, Westernized, Classically Liberal, Conservative or Judeo-Christian in nature. His ideals are as I have noted:
Far from the spectrum of coexistence, woke ideals hold a Socialist-Marxist predisposition in uprooting systems by devaluing people who oppose them and belittling constructive debate that could possibly cultivate ideas across ideological lines. Almost a hundred years ago (98 to be exact) the economist and social theorist Ludwig von Mises published, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (1922), warning against socialism:
According to the Marxist conception, one’s social condition determines one’s way of thought. His membership of a social class decides what views a writer will express. He is not able to grow out of his class or to free his thoughts from the prescriptions of his class interests. Thus the possibility of a general science which is valid for all men, whatever their class, is contested… Thus Marxism protects itself against all unwelcome criticism… Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person. Few have been able to withstand such tactics (pp. 18-19) (Source: Get Woke or Get Broke: When Reason Fails to Stand).
In their mind, not only are negotiations over but they were never going to begin. They are here to destroy. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such a radicalism in America as these Intellectuals whose ideas are quickly infecting corporations, governments, and the like. And it all arose from Colleges and Universities.
Read Dreher’s article: American ‘Intelligents’