What do leftists think of Ben Shapiro
"Intellectual Dark Web"Against the "left opinion dictation"
Those who are not "woke", i.e. who have a keen awareness of social inequalities and questions of gender, race or religion, apparently often feel labeled reactionary these days - especially in the USA. Conservative and anti-"left mainstream" opinions would not be tolerated there, criticize representatives of these opinions.
The case of the New York Times columnist Bari Weiss, who left her employer, shows that there is something to it. Reason: She was fed up with being defamed as a Nazi or a racist by her colleagues. An open letter in Harper’s Magazine recently caused a stir, diagnosing the free exchange of ideas as endangered. Against this supposedly politically correct opinion dictatorship, resistance is forming in the form of a movement that calls itself the "Intellectual Dark Web".
What is the "Intellectual Dark Web"?
The "Intellectual Dark Web" is a group of academics and publicists. As the name suggests, it is a countermovement. Because the "Dark Web" is a hidden part of the Internet, a digital and often criminal counter-world in which there are no filters - an anarchic place where you can do whatever you want.
This libertarian-colored symbol picks up on this movement by protesting against what they believe to be a left-wing dictatorship of opinion at US universities and in the leading US media. In their opinion, this punishes deviating positions with a moral boycott, which can have serious consequences for those affected. The "Intellectual Dark Web" advocates something that should actually be taken for granted: a confrontational exchange of views and the endurance and debate of uncomfortable opinions.
Who is included in this group?
This grouping is quite heterogeneous. It was founded by the mathematician Eric Weinstein, who first started using the term in 2017. Also included are the psychologist Jordan Peterson, a sharp critic of intersectional thinking and everything that has to do with identity politics. Also the traditionalist Ben Shapiro, the US-famous podcast host Joe Rogan and the activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Is there an "Intellectual Dark Web" in Germany too?
Not like in the USA, but there is already something comparable in this country - at least certain protagonists and media who sympathize with the agenda of the "Intellectual Dark Web".
For example, one could refer to the "axis of the good", which depicts opinions that are directed against a left zeitgeist. But also writers from the environment of the daily newspaper "Die Welt", i.e. journalists like Ulf Poschardt, Henryk M. Broder, who also works for the "Axis of the Good", or Rainer Meyer, who publishes under the name Don Alphonso.
Are there parallels between the USA and Germany?
I would be careful with that. I would make a big distinction between the USA and Germany because the discourse in the United States is much sharper than in Germany.
It is similar that apparently two privileged groups are arguing with each other. Progressive, educated, left-wing activists with academic training and right-wing conservatives who also do not come from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.
What does the discourse bring for the disadvantaged?
The actually disadvantaged are usually left out. Because: These debates that are carried out between these two groups - by a so-called "left language police", correct gender, a white hereditary debt and so on, of course, they do not help these people. So it is an elitist discourse that mainly takes place on the internet and on social media.
If you look into these digital reverberation rooms, the accusation that freedom of expression is now more endangered than ever is simply absurd. Because: Where else but on the Internet are radical positions expressed? The entire spectrum of opinion is represented, from Attila Hildmann to Hengameh Yaghoobifarah.
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