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A Few Thoughts on the Intellectual Dark Web

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 1, 2019 12:30

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A group that's either on the frontier or the sidelines of political change.

The intellectual dark web (IDW) is a group of public intellectuals, most notably consisting of Bret and Eric Weinstein, Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, and Ben Shapiro. The term IDW transcends being on the Left or the Right, and its members can serve as a bridge between the two factions. They tend to be on the Left (with the exception of Ben Shapiro) when it comes to social issues, climate change, separation of church and state, and economics. However, it’s the issues in which they deviate from the Left that have made them controversial and left them with few allies in a changing political climate.

This is partly because a hot talking point for the IDW is criticizing the Left for where it has gone astray, mainly for its delving too far into the realm of political correctness and identity politics - shutting the door to important dialogue and violating the principle of free speech. For the IDW, this also means that the Left is not being honest about issues such as the spread of radical Islam into the Western World, inner-city crime, concerns about illegal immigration, etc.

In these areas, the IDW has accidently found commonality with much of the Right and garners some of its support at times. This may be because the IDW can be much more adept at criticizing the Left than anyone on the Right, as they don’t have the baggage of tribal association that plagues many on the political scene and are generally in the business of making logically consistent arguments - something that is clearly absent from the Republican and Democrat ranks when analyzing their platforms in totality.

However, the reason why the IDW doesn’t tend to identify with any group in the political landscape is because their viewpoints are centered around ideas, not pragmatism or tribal association. Whether you’re on the Right or the Left, you can see how the schism between social justice and anti-PC culture is now dominating the conversation and adding to the tribalism that already exists. More so than ideology, your position on PC culture and social justice determines whether society labels you as a Right- or Left-winger.

This is also why the IDW tends to despise Trump. They view Trump as a man who is devoid of principles, makes decisions at his own whims, panders to the lowest common denominator, and counters the Left’s brand of identity politics with his own brand - campaigning for the forgotten white man and conjuring up unnecessary anti-immigration and anti-minority sentiment in the masses.

The IDW’s effort to bridge the political divide and address rational concerns on both sides is, in fact, the proper way to advance the debate and implement needed reforms in America. However, since they deviate too greatly from the new political norm, the IDW has limited support and is being sidelined from the conversation on how to address the biggest national and international concerns of our time. 

 

 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 1, 2019 12:30

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