Monday, April 25, 2016

A reader on the college kids

A reader and I had a brief discussion on whether the American college students really believed the things they were saying in the video on identity. I thought my reader's last comment to be a good summary of the likely situation:

I think some of them are True Believers. I think others manage to go along with it and believe it by being very careful never to examine their beliefs too closely because there's a part of them that suspects that asking themselves real questions might trigger major cognitive dissonance.

The essence of doublethink is never to take the risk of thinking things through. They know that men and women are absolutely identical and interchangeable and that gender is just a social construct. They know from their encounters with reality that the differences between men and women are profound and obvious. There's no way to reconcile these two ideas so they simply shut down their minds.

You can see the mental struggle going on in their minds in that video. Lots of nervous laughter.

If they ever find themselves in a situation where they encounter lots of people who don't believe this liberal nonsense their liberal beliefs will start to fade. Eventually reality will triumph. Of course our whole society is now structured in such as way as to make sure that young people never ever encounter lots of people who question these crazy liberal beliefs.

I don't have much to add to that, except to reinforce my reader's point that the system relies on maintaining liberalism as an intellectual orthodoxy. That's one reason why I think it's important to present to young people an intellectually serious criticism of liberalism.

There's one other issue I'd like to raise. I've noticed many of my female peers saying that "they don't take themselves seriously". This could just be their way of saying that they're not stuck up or pompous, or that they find it best to let go of egocentricity in order to live well. Perhaps it expresses something about womanhood. Even so, I'm not sure that people in traditional societies would have said such a thing. If you believe you are made in the image of God, and that your manhood and womanhood connects you to significant masculine and feminine virtues, and that you have important duties to self, family and community - then who you are, i.e. your "self", does matter.

What concerns me is that if liberalism teaches people that we can define our "self" however we choose, to the point that we can even choose to swap sexes, then the self will become thought of as just an arbitrary, self-chosen thing that we could just have easily made something else. Why then would the self be taken seriously? Perhaps that is where it all ends.


  1. Mr. Richardson, I agree with the written article's premise about true believers, doublethink, and liberalism's stranglehold on the academic intellectual class. I would like to add to the fact that some students who hold traditional outlooks for society, but are themselves too afraid or too uncomfortable speaking on camera out of fear of reprisals. Another reason students may not speak out is the all powerful cynical and defeatist outlook in which the Traditional/Conservative movement has for their current and future society. I bring these points out because I myself was a college student not too long ago. (Radford University 2007-2012) I found your blog back in 2011 after searching out for Traditionalism. I knew Liberalism was culture suicide, but struggled with the ideas about what gave an individual his identity, his worth, and his role within society. Many "Mainstream Conservatives" can explain what is wrong and the harm Liberalism has on society, but fail to promote a positive and uplifting alternative to it. A current example of this in America is the North Carolina bathroom law and the Target boycott. Many conservatives highlight the negative aspects of allowing transgender people into restrooms opposite from their sex at birth; However, fail to provide the positive difference between men and women, a greater sense of duty to family, local community, and country. Something the individual cannot do on his own even if he tries to self create, or reimagine himself.

    1. Thanks for this. It's a reminder to me to try and balance a criticism of liberalism with a more positive outline of the alternative.