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Kanye Broke Progressivism With Seven Words


This seven-word tweet by Kanye West will be looked back upon as the straw that broke the back of progressivism.

Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) and Scott Adams understand this. In a Twitter thread Rubin observed:

 “[Candace] doesn’t view victimhood as a virtue. And this is where the modern Left is exposed.” And “Now they’ll call Candace far-right and anti-gay, all the while waking up millions to how they are the ones who practice true prejudice and bigotry. Kanye sees this and now the jig is up. More and more people, regardless of skin color, sexuality or gender will see this too.”

Adams explains the synergistic effect of (presumably) liberal Kanye’s support of Owens who is conservative:

Forget about whether you think Candace has everything right or everything wrong. That’s not the story. The story is that, that these two people that shouldn’t be in the same conversation, in seven words, Kanye just changed that. And he just freed a lot of people from a mental prison. Kanye, in seven words, unlocked a mental prison and is bringing you to the Golden Age.

My perspective is that Kanye’s tweet and the reaction to it by Rubin and Adams are small pieces of a much larger scenario.  The following list identifies some of the other pieces. Together they convey an idea that grows ever clearer as the days, weeks, and months pass.  A spontaneous grass-roots movement is growing; spreading like a forest fire that is about to consume progressivism.

– Trump’s electoral victory.

– Brexit’s electoral victory.

– The resistance to the coddled, cognitively distorted, thinking of progressivism by people and organizations like the following who collectively are known as the intellectual dark web:

“Thanks to the internet, millions now have access to views mainstream media considers ‘forbidden’.”  – Specator, Inside the Intellectual Dark Web

Sam Harris did a podcast about it.  Intellectuals are speaking directly to people and bypassing the stranglehold that traditional media and progressivism (but I repeat myself) formerly had on the flow of ideas. The tremendous attention, popularity, and support they garner are evidence that they’ve tapped into a sentiment that’s been simmering for years and is finally boiling over.

— Jordan Peterson (@jordanbpeterson)

— Jonathan Haidt (@JonHaidt )

— Michael Rectenwald (@antipcnyuprof )

— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein )

— Nicholas Christakis ( @NAChristakis)

— Lindsay Shepherd (@NewWorldHominin)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro)

— Christina Hoff Sommers (@CHSommers)

— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza )

— Milo Yiannopoulis [ Yes. Milo. ]

— Heterodox Academy (@HdxAcademy )

— The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) (@TheFIREorg)

— Young America’s Foundation (‏@yaf )

— William F. Buckley Program at Yale (@BuckleyProgram)

 

Rubin’s entire Twitter thread from which the quote above is excerpted is worth a read:

 

Adams’ YouTube video, transcript here, is also time well spent:

 

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