Valerie Tarico on The Thinking Atheist – Purity Cults in the Struggle for Justice

The Thinking Atheist – The Righteous and the Woke: Purity Cults in the Struggle for Justice (1 hr, 7 min. audio)

In this crazy world, how often has a passionate desire for justice caused us to oversimplify complex problems, ignore details that don’t validate us, and vilify all who dare to disagree? Has “Woke Culture” sometimes exhibited a dogmatic, even religious, attitude toward the worthy and the unworthy? And is it even possible to have a reasonable conversation about this in the Era Of Online Outrage? Valerie Tarico joins Seth Andrews for just such a conversation.

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt; Deas and Other Imaginings.
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3 Responses to Valerie Tarico on The Thinking Atheist – Purity Cults in the Struggle for Justice

  1. thesseli says:

    Reblogged this on Thesseli.


  2. I think that in the frustration about Woke excesses, sometimes these real substantive difference between left and right get lost.

    What Seth and I didn’t address on this show is why, despite these discouraging social and ideological dynamics, we both continue to lean left. Here is some of my list: The best evidence available tells us climate change is human-caused and urgent. Market failures are real. Trickle-down economics has produced greater inequality, which has been growing for decades. Inequality is a factor in social instability. Social democracy (the combination of capitalist enterprise with a strong social safety net) appears to have produced greater average wellbeing than other economic systems. Investments in diplomacy reduce war. Reproductive empowerment is fundamental to individual political and economic participation. The Religious Right more so than classical liberals control social policy on the Right. Government, when functioning properly, is the way we do things that we can’t very well do alone.

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    • bscritic says:

      Great discussion with Seth Andrews. As you mention above, there is much more that could have been said. That is further evidence of your point that most issues are complex. And yet, some issues are already backed by plenty of evidence, and that is why I, also, am on the left. An argument without evidence, or, worse yet, an argument based on false, inaccurate, or deliberately misleading “facts” harms all of us. Faith and superstitious beliefs are not reasonable grounds for knowledge and sound decisions.

      Thanks for your reasonable articles.


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