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Very crudely re-stated, Moldbug’s Cathedral concept says that whatever is happening in the universities is an authoritative rough draft of what society more generally has coming to it. Politics is downstream of prestige culture, which the academy commands. So this is huge.

The American academy has become a self-propelling anxiety machine, in which steadily-consolidating totalitarianism and mental disintegration have been run-together into a circuit of amplification that no one knows how to turn off. Haidt and Lukianoff call it “vindictive protectiveness” driven by “emotional reasoning” which it in turn (nonlinearly) promotes. It corresponds to a systematic transfer of incontestable authority towards feelings of grievance. Questioning the dynamic is considered to be “blaming the victim” and thus a heinous crime in itself. Everyone gets out of the way, if they’re not indeed joining in. Madness intensifies. (It’s classic Left Singularity machinery.)

Nearly all of the campus mental-health directors surveyed in 2013 by the American College Counseling Association reported that the number of students with severe psychological problems was rising at their schools. The rate of emotional distress reported by students themselves is also high, and rising. In a 2014 survey by the American College Health Association, 54 percent of college students surveyed said that they had “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past 12 months, up from 49 percent in the same survey just five years earlier. Students seem to be reporting more emotional crises; many seem fragile, and this has surely changed the way university faculty and administrators interact with them.

The universities — being craven concentrations of cowardice, when not actively evil — are scared to tell their students to stop being scared. Radical feedback runs away unchecked. Victimological terror is sovereign.

This is what is coming down the tracks, so fast that the headlights have started to dazzle people. Take a look at the future. It’s screaming.

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  • Lucian of Samosata Says:

    “The rate of emotional distress reported by students themselves is also high, and rising. In a 2014 survey by the American College Health Association, 54 percent of college students surveyed said that they had “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past 12 months, up from 49 percent in the same survey just five years earlier. Students seem to be reporting more emotional crises; many seem fragile, and this has surely changed the way university faculty and administrators interact with them.”

    These microaggressions will not stand.

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  • blankmisgivings Says:

    The report emphasizes that this is ‘student led’; which may be more disturbing for the future, but also calls into doubt the whole Moldbuggian premise of the Cathedral as an active Gramscian vanguard, shaping norms. As a university academic myself (albeit not in the bastions of the worst kinds of ‘protective vindictiveness’) I see these phenomena as bottom up responses of young people to their everyday experiences in over protective suburban and exurban environments, exposure to anodyne generic global entertainments and preparation for work in the ultra cautious, multi-cultural environments of TNCs. NRX needs a right wing Adorno to account for these bottom up changes; many of them I believe are simply endogenous to capitalism itself and its economies of scale, and have nothing to do with the top-down manipulations of imaginary entities like the Cathedral.

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    NRx_N00B Reply:

    Too funny. I submitted my comment below before I even saw yours.

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    NRx_N00B Reply:

    “responses of young people to their everyday experiences in over protective suburban and exurban environments”

    I do agree that these environs act as incubators to dysgenic jamtartery.

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    admin Reply:

    “… the whole Moldbuggian premise of the Cathedral as an active Gramscian vanguard …” Is that the Moldbug premise? Seems to me it’s more of an unfortunate degeneration of the Cathedral concept, in the direction of vulgar conspiracy theorizing.

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    Kwisatz Haderach Reply:

    There is no way to read Moldbug and recover the “Long March Through the Institutions” hypothesis from it except through motivated reasoning.

    The real tragedy is that there was no Long March. This is just what happens to the prestige class, given the initial conditions of Western-European outbred genetical altruism and prevailing Hypercalvinist theology.

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    I wonder if a long cryptoNRx Gramscian style “march through the institutions of” liberal academia could even take root—by planting subversive seeds across the entire spectrum of cream of the crop journals. Doubtful? No?

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  • Mike Says:

    I suspect Lukianoff and Haidt are overintellectualising. They’re presupposing that there’s actual sincerity behind the whole trigger-warnings thing. There isn’t: the kids are just feigning offence as a means of competing for social status.

    The “systematic transfer of incontestable authority” is the systematic transfer of, or contest for, contestable social status (contestable, hence the contest – if it were prima facie incontestable, there would be no contest over it).

    So… why does victimhood confer social status? If we can answer that question we can get somewhere.

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    EvolutionistX Reply:

    Victims get handouts. Non-victims are forced to give handouts.
    What you incentivise, you get.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    Part of the story is the loss of masculinity – screaming “you hurt my feelings” is definitely NO locker-room talk, as it leads to LOSING status as a sissy wuss.

    So one of the reasons is that they completely managed to eliminate masculine values where being a wuss is shameful.

    From that on, the rest is obvious I think. Any society, even in the Middle Ages or Ancient age, had customs or laws against not hurting each other e.g. not killing with assassination or not stealing cattle. Judges or rulers served justice. Making a complaint like my neighbor Lucius has beaten me up and stole a cow from me was always a way to win one over him, if the judge or king believes the story. The main incentive against doing this was social custom that made wussy men lose status points: the king may as well ask what kind of weakling you are that Lucius could so easily beat you up and now you come here bawling like a baby to me? Can I even use you in battle? Etc.

    Gaining power through victimhood exists everywhere laws or customs against harming each other exist, and civilization cannot exist without that.

    The counter-incentive of victimhood games is looking like a weakling, and losing status points through that.

    In traditional societies, these two balance out. The fear of looking like a wuss makes you not play the victim for insulting words or for having got a light beating, but you take revenge on your own. But when the harm is big, like some guy burned down your house, then you are more interested in actually getting justice served than worrying about how having been unable to defeat the arsonist makes you look like a wuss, so you file a lawsuit. This is an nice balance.

    Thus, this two incentives keep in traditional societies lawsuits and other complaints in balance: for serious cases only.

    And they removed masculinity from the picture now. They are no longer afraid of looking like a wuss. Hence, they can now play the victim game to extreme extents.

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    Alia D. Reply:

    I suspect there is a mix of sincerity and insincerity in the calls for trigger warning and protection from micro aggressions. The couple of liberals I have known who were both sincere in their beliefs and given to intelligent rational thought had major issues with depression. But I’ve meet many more liberals who weren’t sincere and/or weren’t given to thinking logically in general. SO it may be mostly the best of them who are harming their own mental health.

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    arran james Reply:

    Having sat in on workshops on trigger warnings and safer spaces there is a lot of sincerity. Too much maybe as the game comes down in all but a few rare cases to emotional displays casting off any pretence of debate. That might be whats really going on all the time but its hard to respond to when its out loud, immediately provoking the desire to respond therapeutically- ie. nicely- rather than negatively therapeutically- ie. challenging.

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    I spent the first few years in a strict convent school wearing an Angus Young style cap and suit. Every morning, after the bell, we were made to line up for inspection—those shoes had to be perfectly polished. If we were caught chewing gum in class we were forced to spit it out and embed it in our hair—spending a few weeks walking around with big chunks of hair missing was pretty amusing. Chatting in class or being plain rowdy/rambunctious was met with a few good swift cracks across the open palm in front of the class (i.e. a very mild version of a Singapore caning). It works.

    Those days have gone the way of the dinosaur.

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    NRx_N00B Reply:

    Oh, and if you did as much as flinch, it would elicit another quick crack across the open hand with “the ruler”.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    I went to a school in a Commie country, they were not strict at all, but we still got tough because of each other: lots of brawling and bullying. It was not intended at all. But when in the breaks every teacher goes to drink a coffee and have a cigarette in the teachers lounge and thus there is no supervision at all, just what doesn’t happen? Everything happens. If you want to kick ass, you do, and the only thing to worry about is the revenge, individually or getting beaten by a group. It was a fairly brutal experience and we did not exactly feel coddled.

    Maybe modern US schools are inefficient at discipline but efficient at not letting boys be boys i.e. constant supervision or something.

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  • Ur-mail Says:

    @Mike As a first approximation victimhood is an indicator that one is part of the outgroup (not an elite), and is therefore a strong signal of outgroup membership. Since being part of the victim group means holding a perceived morally superior position, having claim to entitlements, and confers the incontestability of moral righteousness to one’s opinions – it is a highly desirable position. It is especially appealing because all these benefits are gained by the victims mere existence rather than through work or contribution.

    Being a victim means getting to suspend the market order and claim free stuff without contribution.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    I don’t think kids are really conscious of the market order or the handouts.

    Alternative theory. Consider this. If you say “he has hurt me” it makes you come accross as weaker than him. This is something masculine men find shameful. If masculinity is eliminated, suddenly there is no shame in appearing weak and thus victimized. I think this is it.

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  • 4candles Says:

    I urge every client that I work with on the post-academic transition to seek professional help with a therapist (from Quote note #178).

    And then this article: ‘CBT! CBT!’

    The goal is to minimize distorted thinking and see the world more accurately. You start by learning the names of the dozen or so most common cognitive distortions (such as overgeneralizing, discounting positives, and emotional reasoning; see the list at the bottom of this article). Each time you notice yourself falling prey to one of them, you name it, describe the facts of the situation, consider alternative interpretations, and then choose an interpretation of events more in line with those facts. Your emotions follow your new interpretation. In time, this process becomes automatic. When people improve their mental hygiene in this way—when they free themselves from the repetitive irrational thoughts that had previously filled so much of their consciousness—they become less depressed, anxious, and angry. [My emphasis]

    Kant isn’t going away gracefully (but then we knew that).

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    Shenpen Reply:

    Wait. Um. Ugh. Wait.

    So it means… say, Jack is fat guy but relatively happy. SJWs convince him that all the movies showing ripped guys are shaming and oppressing him. He buys it. He will AUTOMATICALLY feel bad every time he goes to watch an action movie with fit actors?

    So basically the Tumblr folks are not necessarily faking it – maybe it used to be fake, but once they started to believe the ideology, it _felt_ truly real to them?

    This… this would mean a self-reinforcing loop. That infinite amount of _felt_ oppression can be generated, and it will _feel_ real.

    It basically means just using words, you can put humans into a hellish virtual reality.

    This is like the perfect way to kill a society. Like pop a depression causing pill into the water supply, more or less. If it was 1970 I would say the Kremlin is behind it.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    In Marxist circles this is referred to as ‘hyperstition’.

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  • Metanoid Says:

    @MikeVictim hood confers social status because Christianity made a powerless, persecuted scapegoat its icon of ultimate truth and goodness. Christianity began the re-writing of history from the victim’s perspective, which is why the central animating principle of modern western ethics is concern for victims. The ‘Cathedral’ is Christianity with Alzheimer’s, Christianity that has forgotten its origins and degraded into an idolatrous cult of victim worship. Rival victim groups now jostle with each other for ‘sacred’ victim status. Nobody knows how to ‘turn it off’ because they don’t recognise it as a religion.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    I think you stopped reading the Bible at the end of the gospels and did not get to the other parts that present Jesus as a glorious supernatural king.

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  • The Man Whose Blood Was Replaced with Worry Says:

    @Mike

    One of the problems the Romans had, dealing with early Christianity, was that they couldn’t shove it around the way you could with, say, tribal/feudal loyalists. The Christians actually seemed to thrive on victimhood—it was in the DNA of their religion. Meekness, humility, suffering… all pretty mythical things, even back then, and for someone you knew to have attained that level of myth—well, that’s what a martyr is, right? Dipping into reality with a symbolic dimension attached—feeding yourself to nature, slowly, with intention.

    And then there’s basic incompetence signalling—”no my lord, how could I possibly notch an arrow with these long nails?”

    But we’ve discussed this before.

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  • Kgaard Says:

    Well it’s encouraging that this ran in a LEFTIE magazine — so perhaps even the left is getting freaked out by this trend. I have trouble seeing how obsession with microaggression and rule by the victim class will become dominant, simply because eventually the men with guns (the cops) will just find it too retarded to go around arresting (at the behest of neurotic 23-year-old women) meek guys who are just standing their with their palms up saying, “What did I do?”

    Maybe STEM will provide a route-around for men to get through college with some immunity from PC bullshit, now that it’s increasingly clear that women are not taking STEM classes because they don’t like math?

    There must be some level of peak moronicness that can be reached. Is that not what the Trump candidacy is saying? Is that not what Atlantic is trying to say by running this article (which by rights should be run in a right-wing mag)?

    I don’t know … maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s a one-way train to rule by frothing-at-the-mouth 32-year-old junior professors of comparative lit with spiky hair …

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Too retarded? They’d be paid to do it. If that means actual criminals have to be let go, well, obviously we need to hire more cops.

    Remember the deep wisdom of Galaxy Quest–I have one job on this lousy ship, it’s stupid, but I’m going to do it, OK?

    Not to say that the academy is infallible or swift at setting trends. Just that cops will do what they’re paid to do.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Still you have the issue of this story running in the ATLANTIC which is a lefty mag top to bottom. Perhaps the left is starting to sense that this hyper-sensitive victim pose is going to set back women in the workplace by a couple generations. Who in their right mind would hire a woman if he could avoid it, knowing that they are such delicate and sensitive snowflakes — and with the whole weight of the legal system potentially backing some absurd claim to hurt feewings?

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    EvolutionistX Reply:

    As the window moves, some are left standing not quite in it.

    Erebus Reply:

    The Atlantic has always had pretensions to “centrism” and “moderate” political discourse. Now and again they’ll run articles like that one, if only to keep the pretense alive. I wouldn’t read too much into it. They’ll be back with more Ta-Nehisi Coates and more rabid leftism next week.

    I agree that hiring women is foolish, by the way. The last woman I hired didn’t last longer than two days — she started trying to tell me how to do my job, and started blabbing about (irrelevant) compliance with various (inapplicable) government regulations, so I decided that she’s useless & that I’d be much happier if I cut her loose. Much weeping ensued. Now I simply do not hire women; that I’m in chemistry and engineering helps, as there are very few decent applications from women.

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  • Kgaard Says:

    Related:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/08/tinder-hook-up-culture-end-of-dating

    This Vanity Fair article on Tinder is mind-blowing. Basically ALL young urban women are whoring themselves out for nothing on Tinder, six nights a week. (At least that’s the impression left by the story.) So, you know, how far can the micro-aggression craziness go in one direction when there is so much empirical evidence running in the other direction that young women are relentless horn-dogs pursuing their right of sexual equality?

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    That’s hilarious.

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    scientism Reply:

    Hook-up culture is what you’re left when when you apply all these cognitive disorders to relationships.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    Isn’t lust a sufficient explanation? I don’t think hormonal hot young bodies need complicated reasons to fit matching parts together.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    >“New York guys, from our experience, they’re not really looking for girlfriends,” says the blonde named Reese. “They’re just looking for hit-it-and-quit-it on Tinder.”

    You know, I never fully subscribed to “red pill” theory, largely because my dad was very masculine and yet strictly monogamous. But I noticed here one thing – a guy needs to be insanely attractive to do this, given how even moderately attractive guys must invest a huge effort into charming a lady into bed. And the fact that they are not looking for relationships sounds like they are, how to put it, very tough in the mind. A guy like me, a softer guy, always wanted a real GF, to share life, to experience life together, have long walks on the beach, talk a lot etc. It takes a really tough minded guy to say no thanks I have my male buddies, all I want is sex. Super tough. These guys are surely not like me, who hardly have any male friends, and surely not like the average guy who has male friends but still wants that emotional intimacy with women. These guys must be like american football or hockey players i.e. they are only interested in super masculine things and thus can have only super masculine friends, not average guys, and thus the women they fuck cannot be their friends either.

    So… I just want to say, Tinder looks a lot like a “red pill” proof, saying basically those guys who have such a tough mind that they want no emotional intimacy, just sex, are the most attractive to women.

    Tinder even kills Game in the Roosh V sense. There is no Game on a photo.

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    John Reply:

    > This Vanity Fair article on Tinder is mind-blowing. Basically ALL young urban women are whoring themselves out for nothing on Tinder, six nights a week.

    LOL I can see how you would get that idea from the Vanity Fair piece, as that’s the narrative the author pursued, at the expense of nuance, curiosity, and an accurate depiction of reality.

    But I’ve been on Tinder and all the other dating apps for a few years, and while there is certainly a lot of “hook up culture” going on, there are also a lot of people finding deeper relationships.

    I’ve met women with desires that ran the gamut from “immediate casual sex” to explicitly searching for a husband. What I can tell you is that the majority of women (at least the ones who cared to interact with me) are looking for some type of ongoing relationship — they view fucking a guy once or twice and being discarded as a shitty deal for them.

    Women have always figured out of how to get what they want from men in exchange for sex, so this idea that they’ve all become stupid enough to give it up for nothing in return is just ridiculous — that only happens for a small slice of very desirable men, who also want that type of lifestyle. The article writer simply chose to only investigate this minority demographic.

    The women she interviewed were also very young, college aged — these are the ones who haven’t learned what their sexuality is worth yet and what they want for it. What she fails to note is that “hook up culture” usually ends in the early to mid 20s, it ever happens at all.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Thanks John … After further thought I more or less arrived at the same conclusion: The author (and the girls in the story) had to be cherry picking the men (apex fallacy). Also the author likely was focusing on a particular cohort of young and perhaps not-to-bright or only moderately-hot women. That said I recently met a Tinderhead woman who was 35 and slept with 100+ guys and was having some sort of ovarian cysts as a result. So anyway … there’s that. But basically I think you are right.

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    Exfernal Reply:

    As a result of what? An infection? Or else?

    Xoth Reply:

    Well, the bloom goes off the rose around age 27 or so, which seems suspiciously close. (Then there are the grimly upbeat 35 year olds. “Such as thou art, sometime was I, / Such as I am, such shalt thou be.”) But anyway, perhaps women prefer to stop playing the dating game once it starts getting miserable and difficult.

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  • michael Says:

    watching my 20 year old daughter I would say the brighter ones have some capacity for reasoning its even i think a status thing she reads lesswrong and was wondering about Bayes theorem,But its subordinate to progressive religion.Of course they have been indoctrinated for far more than their first seven years.And they are social at that time particularly the women, and they are constantly plugged in it really is like the matrix they are never unplugged and constantly signalling into all these digital shrines. Their brains are impatient even good readers.This makes double think second nature because they havent the patience to go a couple moves down to find the contradiction.And of course the are steeped in contradiction from birth, facts are what leftist documentaries spout.And of course the irony fallback which is shorthand for you caught me.Social media now has direct pipelines from the fartrhest left academics straight to social media the academics many of them twenty somethings themselves tailor their memes to work as what we would call soundbites.All ready she has all over her tumbler page tripe about “white feminism” being a place of comfort for white women and if youre not ready to tear down the privilege structure yadyada pretty sure that a fairly recent idea but id be the last to know. you cant talk to them they are too sure of them selves they have been hearing about global warming and evil capitalism in school textbooks from preschool. you can choose to homeschool but then you wife will leave you and take the kids.
    The universities cant complain their is a sure fire cure for this day one establish authority and the rule of reason, but of course that would be counter productive.productive. Almost everything the left does only barely works because of legacy capital its now gone and the chickens are coming home

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    Kgaard Reply:

    That’s innaresting about your daughter … You’d think you’d just be able to have dinner with her and set her straight on a single sheet of white paper and a couple of decent arguments?

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    michael Reply:

    ha ha
    my dad and i used to argue politics over whiskey we never agreed when i was her age but we had the same ground rules about how an argument works thats gone now they simply know that they are right” because thats how they feel” and as the article suggests you dont want to make them feel bad. I guess you could say its a cult you would have to deprogram todays youth.so no not sitting down over dinner , locking them in a room for a couple weeks with dprogrammer LOL

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  • yyeltzin Says:

    ““It looks like you guys are being slowly suffocated by these questions,” he recalled saying. “Am I on a killing spree or what?”
    After the student reported Jung’s comment, a group of nearly 20 others e-mailed the UCF administration explaining that the comment had clearly been made in jest. Nevertheless, UCF suspended Jung from all university duties and demanded that he obtain written certification from a mental-health professional that he was “not a threat to [himself] or to the university community” before he would be allowed to return to campus.”

    People turning into super sensitive and literal minded machines that can’t comprehend anything except that which is explicitly spelled out for them.
    The leveling has reached such a point that it folds back in on itself, creating a black hole sucking everything in. What does learning even mean when the content is self censored and distorted by the student himself, when the teacher is just a robot pretending to teach. How could a nation operate like this? It’s virtually begging for a shadow government to secretly handle the real business while inwardly ramping up the coddling more and more. Not that this hasn’t been in the works for a while now, but it’s just getting so obscene, incredible.

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    wenshuang Reply:

    “t’s virtually begging for a shadow government to secretly handle the real business while inwardly ramping up the coddling more and more.”

    Indeed, and how better to recruit elites with memetic immunity (mastery?) than probe sensitivity? They couldn’t possibly be noticing the bright young warriors who don’t fall apart from cognitive dissonance. Hard to devise a better way to identify intelligent sociopaths that doesn’t involve breaching doctor patient confidentiality than to make everyone else a patient.

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  • Butler Says:

    @blankmisgivings
    “The report emphasizes that this is ‘student led’; which may be more disturbing for the future, but also calls into doubt the whole Moldbuggian premise of the Cathedral as an active Gramscian vanguard, shaping norms.”

    Well, as a student, I can attest that none of us ever have an original idea, so these students are unlikely to have come up with their victim mentality on their own. If you’re expecting the victim mentality to diffuse directly from the quack-ideas section of a university humanities department, straight to the university’s admin department, you’re missing out a key step that Moldbug himself proposes: the media. I’d suggest a plausible route to look something like:

    1) Ideas cooked up by Marxist-feminist Harvard academics
    2) Ideas of (1) diffuse to their students, who become journalists, opinion-piece writers, staff at Slate
    3) Works of (2) are read by those incorrigible nonconformists, edgy teenagers with internet, who see an opportunity for both attention-seeking satisfaction and holier-than-thou signalling by spouting New Thought
    4) Members of (3) grow up (well, chronologically), and enter universities
    5) And now (4) press their new memes on (6),
    6) University administrators

    It’s a real Red Guard sort of dynamic, here: the Party elders whipping up the youth wing to rip apart the Party rank and file.
    If you’re gonna do Left Singularity, you may as well learn from the Chinese. One really has to count his blessings that this time they went for Mao rather than Xianzhong.

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  • EvolutionistX Says:

    The left itself is creating its own misery.

    It’s like advertising. Find something no one is particularly concerned with, and then bombard them with images implying that they should be concerned, and the next thing you know, they’re buying your products.

    Tell people over and over that it’s a horrible racist microaggression for someone to ask where you’re from, and soon people will actually be stressing out over friendly, innocuous conversations. Tell people lies about inter-racial crime rates, and they’ll start believing it. Read graphic accounts of people being raped and murdered every day, and soon you won’t be able to walk down the street without flinching.

    This stuff was just getting started in my own college days, and I was rather shocked by how quickly it spread, even to people who weren’t in college.

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  • Shenpen Says:

    This is OK. In fact, this is very good. This is excellent and gives good reasons to stop being pessimists and start hoping again.

    Given that the Left is anti-reality, sooner or later they shoot themselves in the foot. I.e. start doing things that are utterly ridiculous for the average, non-Leftie observer or voter.

    Fat acceptance is one excellent sign. It is beautiful. It is like a prayer answered. Because they use the same terminology as SJW activism, EXCEPT it is a ridiculous butterball telling loudly that they are beautiful and deserve wider airplane seats. Everybody else is laughing hysterically at them. It is like fat activists are making an excellent satirical parody of SJWs and they don’t even know it. They push with the fury of another wave of activism, and they don’t even know how hard everybody is laughing.

    This is the same. Outside the Left circle, people are still tough. It is still not unknown that an insult gets replied with a punch instead of tears, and people even accept that. All these people who spent the day laying hot tar and got into fights in the bar in the evening would laugh hysterically if they met a Leftie who is hurt by mere insensitive words.

    This destroys. All. Their. Credibility.

    The quesiton is how far does the epidemic of vulnerability spread before the bubble pops. Liberal Americans? All educated Americans? All white Americans? All Americans? Also Western Europeans? Also Eastern Europeans?Planet?

    I think it must stop at least at white Americans. Pedro the leaf blower is not having any of this. He has too much machismo for buying this. He’ll laugh hard and never believe these people anymore.

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    Butler Reply:

    “I think it must stop at least at white Americans. Pedro the leaf blower is not having any of this. He has too much machismo for buying this. He’ll laugh hard and never believe these people anymore.”

    I think pessimism is still a warranted attitude when the prognosis is “The disease will stop advancing when the patient is dead”.

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    Shenpen Reply:

    Good point.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    good point indeed. if continuing this analogy with patient, maybe worth to consider few more scenarios. 1. dead is dead 2. not completely dead, like in neurological coma. on my memory one such patient come back to live after 18 years in coma. 3 patient survive and retain some fixed functinal impairments. 4. completely recover. 2 and 3 is loe same , with defference in certanry of out come only.

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  • Metanoid Says:

    I’m not talking about where I ‘stopped reading the Bible’.

    I’m talking about what has happened culturally in the west. A cultural ethic of anti-persecution has degraded into a narcissistic victim cult that persecutes (under the guise of anti-persecution) anyone it can smear as a ‘persecutor’. Since these are now deemed the only legitimate targets for persecution.

    It’s an attempt to scapegoat those accused of scapegoating.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    in broader sence maybe it is worth to re-evalute significance of the whole Cathedral concept and its place and impact on future. At first sight it seems like one of the central and fundamental components in structure of human civilization. like: humans created art and art made us humans, or art and beauty will safe the world. but looking back from the future it may appears like our art is just garbade and our education system is just degenerates factories. well … from future everything appears different, but how much the whole Cathedral thing significant now.. it has impact on technology and science, aproximately 80% of all science in chemistry and biology done in US.

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    Erebus Reply:

    “80% of all science in chemistry and biology done in US.”

    What are you basing that on? The best chemistry journal is still “Angewandte Chemie”, Germany’s BASF is the largest chemical company in the world, China has the most factories and the most exports, and US chemical production is downright insignificant when compared to Asia and Europe. In terms of academic research, solely, America punches above its weight — but I don’t believe that anywhere near 80% of all academic chemistry research is done in the USA. Even 40% seems unlikely to me. Japan and Germany have always been at the forefront of chemistry and materials research, and China is also producing a lot of good research these days. Then there’s the rest of the world to consider….

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    SVErshov Reply:

    that was an article in science few years back, unlikely anything changed since then. in science how much money you spend that much science you get. no one country spending on science like US. Germany was on same level with South Korea last time I cheched. China good in duplicating things and innovating duplications, also I would not trust their stats on spending. Chinese scientists who are capable producing independent work all in US or as researchers or as spyies.

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    Erebus Reply:

    Do you have a link to that article? Is it credible? To me, it sounds like you don’t really know what you’re talking about, and your ‘statistics’ can be dismissed out of hand.

    Erebus Reply:

    That article you’ve read is wrong, by the way. Over the past 20 years, US-based institutions have published a fraction of all papers in the field of chemistry. They’re in the lead, if countries are taken individually, but even that is changing — look at the year 2014 in isolation.

    And that’s just journal articles. By every other metric — production, exports, etc. — the US chemical industry is a bit player.

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  • Mike Says:

    Great thread. Thanks for the replies everyone.

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  • arran james Says:

    Yep, the left is ridden with a generalized victimology. The problem is that it remains caught there unmoving as if victimized by its own possibilities.There are two possibilities: first, to move in the direction of a more rigorous and explicit therapy and away from the culture of aversion that perpetuates post-traumatism. Or, more excitingly if less helpfully, to realize that it has yet to become victim enough. “You have not realized how helpless you are”- UGK. The helpless demands the other provide, sure, but the helpless, the utter victim, is also a cauldron of pure and unremitting resentments that cast spite on any culture of therapy that would ask to forgive, forget and make yourself fit, join in the idiotic civilities of the Upbeat. At the moment swathes of the left, I shouldn’t generalize too much, are caught in a holding pattern, believing they are victims only of this person or that system of oppression, seldom considering that it might be the whole thing.

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  • Good Article at Xenosystems - Says:

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  • Atheism Is a category error Says:

    The next administration is going to have no choice but to consider using precision air strikes on some of these campuses if the Marxist treason factories can’t be shut down through political means.

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  • Good Article at Xenosystems | Neoreactive Says:

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Burn the schools.

    Problem solved.

    Also exposure to actual aggression will be healthy for the species as well as beneficial
    to the survivors.

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    4candles Reply:

    You’re not interested in achieving bottom-up takeover then?

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  • Kaiser Dishelm Says:

    I read and enjoyed that article. The title is a riff on Allan Bloom’s “Closing of the American Mind” which is a great thrashing of modern Academia. I don’t know if Bloom self-identified as a Reactionary, but he was definitely a fellow traveler.

    “Sycophancy toward those who hold power is a fact in every regime, and especially in a democracy, where, unlike tyranny, there is an accepted principle of legitimacy that breaks the inner will to resist…. Flattery of the people and incapacity to resist public opinion are the democratic vices, particularly among writers, artists, journalists and anyone else who is dependent on an audience.”

    It’s a bit of a dense read, but the full text is here:
    http://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/14434540-The-Closing-of-the-American-Mind.pdf

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