Just 2 days after my previous post about how the microscopic events at Evergreen State College were forbearing about the macroscopic world we find ourselves, the original whistleblowers at Evergreen, Brett Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying (as a matter of hours ago) presented their 22nd Darkhorse podcast breaking down the connection between the dystopian events at Evergreen and what we see taking place in the world today.
As alluded to in other posts I was drawn to Brett and Heather’s quarantine podcasts as a form of sanctuary during this highly unstable period. This 22nd podcast I consider their most illuminating including the subsequent Q&A session. Some of the most engaging parts entailed:
1. Their realization (and Heather’s quotes from the literary classic ‘1984’) that we are seeing a Dystopian reality reminiscent of Orwell’s coming into fruition.
2. Brett’s mentioning how people have to stand up and be on the right side of history. The ones who begrudgingly appease this post modernist movement are just externalizing harm for those next in line who will feel compelled to join the ‘larger’ mob.
3. Brett takes aim at Ezra Kline for not doing this which I did in 2018 in my post titled – Ezra Kelin, a rational or irrational lefty?. Someone wrote in their comments:
“they don’t really mean all that, they’re really intent on something more moderate“ -Ezra Klein 2017/Neville Chamberlain 1938
4. Their repulsion about Science magazine publishing and enacting on ‘ShutDownSTEM’ in support of this movement. The attack on STEM seems to be in large part down to the postmodernist concept of Subjective Truth, but this is completely at odds with Enlightenment Science.
5. Brett and Heather’s personal experience relating to the fruitfulness of Jewish culture in the Q&A session, which I have also linked below is about as insightful as anything I’ve heard about culture in my adult life.
6. They expand on their views about the 1619 project which I also commented on in the Glenn Loury podcast.
There are many other aspects about the broader topic broached which I found tantalizing to the ear and I haven’t got time to outline here. But, if I had to count on one hand the most important podcasts I have ever heard since the inception of the internet, this one would most definitely be included. I hope you enjoy it if you haven’t already seen it and please don’t hesitate to tell me your take on it.
Here’s your daily reminder that 1984 is not an instruction manual.
No ideological movement is for the previous.