Month: April 2016

What is the Regressive Left?

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This is text for a flyer that I wrote.  It’s intended to be a brief, concise introduction for people unfamiliar with the issue, with just enough information leads for them to delve deeper into the topic if they so choose.

What is the regressive left? What are SJWs?

The regressive left is a strain of activism which has arisen recently from within liberal circles which is explicitly pro-censorship, neosegregationist and authoritarian.  Often referred to online by the sardonic/sarcastic pejorative “social justice warriors” (SJW), regressives reject the meritocracy exemplified by Martin Luther King’s maxim “a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” in favor of an absurdly nonegalitarian, collectivist and ad hominem interpretation of identity politics.  SJWs are notorious for tactics such as attempting to have people fired from their jobs for expressing opinions which they deem to be politically incorrect or “oppressive”, leveling false allegations and smear campaigns, “crybullying” (posturing as a victim while aggressively attacking others), “no-platforming” (revocation of free speech in the form of disinviting speakers from academic functions), and have even escalated their harassment to the level of physical assault.  Among the lecturers who have been the target no-platforming efforts are feminist author/activists Germaine Greer and Julie Bindel, atheism and science proponent Richard Dawkins and conservatives such as Milo Yiannopolis, Ben Shapiro and Condeleeza Rice.  Regressives have made major inroads into mainstream thought by masquerading as traditional Leftists, all the while promoting a set of concepts which are antithetical to Enlightenment classical liberalism (such as the principles  described in the US constitution’s Bill of Rights).  SJWs represent a dangerously illiberal new force in contemporary culture.

Some prominent leaders in the SJW community are Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, atheist youtuber Steve Shives, social critic (and alleged con artist) Anita Sarkeesian, political theorist Jonathan McIntosh, video game developer Zoe Quinn (a key figure implicated in the “#Gamergate” corruption scandal), and #CancelColbert hashtag originator Suey Park.  Media outlets associated with regressive ideology include Gawker and it’s affliates, Buzzfeed, Vox, Huffington Post, Salon, The Young Turks, Vocativ, Upworthy, The Guardian, Kotaku, Polygon, the social network site Tumblr, and the very bizarre new incarnation MTV (notable for its lack of music videos).

What are antiSJWs?

AntiSJWs are a broad coalition of activists, commentators and concerned citizens from across the entire political spectrum who oppose the regressive left.  AntiSJWs tend to be in favor of freedom of expression, protection of individual rights under due process of law, an open marketplace of ideas (instead of the silencing of controversial voices), equal opportunity for everyone regardless of factors such as race or gender – and view these as foundational pillars of modern democracy, as well as important safeguards of liberty worth defending.

If you desire to educate yourself more about the regressive left and its critics, check out the antiSJW Facebook group, and peruse some excellent, informative, entertaining and frequently hilarious antiSJW youtube channels, such as:

Cristina Hoff Sommers (aka The Factual Feminist), Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin), Dave Rubin, Vernacularis, Lauren Southern, Honey Badger Radio (featuring Brian Martinez, Alison Tieman, Karen Straughan, Hannah Wallen and Anna Cherry), TL;DR (aka Teal Deer), Internet Aristocrat/Mister Metoker, Chris Ray Gunn, The Drunken Peasants/The Amazing Atheist, Bearing, Sugar Tits, Blaire White, Theryn Meyer and Ceara McCord.