Saturday, November 19, 2016

- A More "Fact Based" Reality

I resisted the urge to read this because of the source. But now that I have, I find Maggie Gallagher one of the few establishment right writers who is correctly identifying the problem with Ameircan culture:

In the week since Donald Trump was elected, the Left has been quick to hype the crisis of “fake news” on Facebook, complaining that the social-media giant swung the election by allowing the spread of false pro-Trump stories. There is no doubt a kernel of truth to the charge — fake stories were shared on Facebook during the election, and that is worrisome — but insofar as it allows the mainstream media to avoid even a moment’s introspection in the wake of Trump’s victory, it is a convenient distraction. The much bigger problem is we no longer have a consensus, centrist view of what is true and not true: There is no mainstream media anymore.

Of course, in the same editorial breath, Ian Tuttle from NR has said that the Alt-right, in my view a predominantly fact and evidence based worldview that is unusually willing to consider uncomfortable and difficult to accept evidence, is too immoral to be included any discussion of what reality is. So National Review hasn't exactly settled on this themselves.

While I appreciate the instinct to call the NR team a worthless bunch of cucks and dismiss them, I disagree with that. I've seen rational people change their minds, and I believe there are people in the establishment right who are rational. So the burden then falls on us to frame our discussion in a way that a rational person can accept, even though they are uncomfortable with what those facts point to.

Hardcore Feminists will never change their minds, and that probably goes for the operatives who work for the Democrat party, academia, the majority of the 'mainstream' press - about 25% of America. But I believe the right is salvageable. And we would be better off for it, if we can just find a way to express alt-right views in ways that don't 'trigger' them into seeing things as purely moral argument.

We should probably start with these three assertions:

Women and men are (on average) not equally skilled in all things.

Black Americans and white Americans are (on average) not equally skilled in all things.

Equality can only be imposed by force, and it would be immoral to do so.

Please feel free to tell me where I'm wrong.

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