9 Responses to Is Your Intersectionality Too Small? – II

  1. Many are looking for social capital. Unfortunately, we do not fit with a group of people exactly. I quit looking at myself as a victim of outside forces and I took charge of my life. Writing a book was the exercise that put my life into focus. I am much happier now because happiness can be achieved through improving your thinking, which is a skill. A practice that has helped me in the last eighteen years is to read books that do not reflect my values. I have read popular intellectual conservative authors, such as Jordan Peterson, who use tradition and cultural practices to support their views. Peterson wrote the popular book Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. I read that book, and I have read his latest book that came out March 2, entitled, Beyond Order: Twelve More Rules for Life. I wanted to understand the thinking of those who occupied the Capital on January 6th. Consequently, I read a book that was a favorite of many Trump officials named Bronze Age Mentality authored by a man called The Bronze Age Pervert. He supports his far right-wing views as he attacks contemporary values by using Greek history and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, whom I have also read.

    My goal is to be objective by being able to understand an issue from every side. By objective, I mean expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion caused by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations. I am kidding myself to think I can be totally objective, but at least I can try to be successful. However, I have a history of rejecting my long held beliefs. I totally agree with you about simplifying complicated issues that may blind us to the facts. Thank you for another thought-provoking article.

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    • Thank you. I don’t think objectivity is obtainable, either, but I think it is worth striving for and difference in degree matter. I’m impressed with how you have taken on that challenge.

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  2. J. Jones says:

    I really needed to read this, thank you.

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  3. Steve Ruis says:

    And . . . :o) . . . I think, as intellectuals, we tend to over think things. Our politics and culture are labile and we haven’t really found a way to address the fundamental issues, so we keep blundering around, as if in the dark. We invent ideas like “microagressions” and then we run with them. Such terms should be useful in discussions but not in rules of behavior.

    The fundamental issues I think are what are our individual responsibilities and collective responsibilities. We have lost the Founders desire for us to display civic virtue at all times. What do we owe one another as citizens in the Great American Experiment in Democracy. Should we have an entirely “pay-as-you-go” economy as the GOP seems to want or more of a democratic socialism as Bernie Sanders envisions. We squabble and throw stones and epithets, but we do not seem to address the fundamentals and so make little to know progress. There are people, those heavily invested in the status quo, who benefit from this state and who continue to fund things like the culture wars, so getting down to brass tacks has opposition, but if we do not, them much of all of this is meaningless discussion, as it doesn’t address the actual issues and just stirs the pot of distrust.

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    • Yes, a key challenge here is that there are people invested in things not going well. And I think there are many people who are more narrowly self-interested than they realize, seeing moral virtue in whatever is in their best interests or that of their tribe.

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  4. tildeb says:

    Although it’s relatively easy to see the striking similarities between fundamentalist religious thinking and the current wave of ‘progressive’ thinking, it’s quite another to explain why it’s the same method of binary thinking wrapped up in the certainty of moral virtue. And the obvious social divisions this way of thinking creates is just as harmful. When you referred to “Schrodinger’s Whites” I actually laughed out loud because this is very much the real world problem in an analogous nutshell. There is going to be a necessary disconnect with the real world when groups are believed to be real and deserving of privilege but the individuals who constitute them are believed to be just the mindless cogs within the group. It’s no stretch at all – in fact, it logically follows – to then believe that those group members who don’t ‘fit’ this model are moral impediments deserving of repudiation and censure. This behaviour of repudiation then becomes the badge of membership to the group!
    It’s just vicious.

    So it is very difficult to explain the obvious similarities, to make way, to make room, for correction and a return to civil union between individuals. That’s why your attempt is important and appreciated. It’s a step in the right direction. But it’s very hard slogging.

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    • It’s very hard slogging. A friend of mine, a former labor leader now progressive political consultant but relatively moderate spoke with me recently about how solitary and exhausting it can feel to be politically homeless.

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      • tildeb says:

        And yet I suspect that feeling covers the vast majority of us who live between the two extremes: people from both sides of today’s political spectrum who presume classical liberal principles are a permanent feature of the West rather than something each generation seems to have to fight to maintain.

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  5. Sieglinde A Gassman says:

    Thank you for these two pieces that cleared away some of the fog of intersectionality, cancel culture, and being spoke. Have a feeling I’m a long way from any of this and at 81 not sure it’s worth getting a fog brooms!

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