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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Thank you, Chris, for standing for truth.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:11

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What a hellish world this American nightmare has made of the American dream; meanwhile so many citizens suffer from ill fitting healthcare and lack of proper housing, employment or food. One big joke only the narcissism of The Joker Wokeness could produce. I loathe them .

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Good luck, Chris. We will ALL be pulling for YOU.

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"A cult-like belief system...the replacement of the system of self-governance with a system of ideological rule" A cult. It is a cult. Not cult-like, an actual cult. Specifically a gnostic and hermeticist cult, implying special knowledge ("educate yourself") and alchemical abstraction of thought ("trans bodies.")

Gnostic cults are parasitic, meaning that they glom onto other ideologies and beliefs like the Blob, transforming whatever cultural or governmental or regulatory or educational or bureaucratic or faith institution it touches into a source of contagion, redirecting its resources to the replication of the gnostic virus. If I sound a bit like James Lindsay, that is because I discovered his work whilst studying the phenomenon of "gender identity" as a faith formation from an historical perspective, informed by a lifetime of studying cults and magical woo thinking of all kinds. "Trans" and "gender identity" fit the all-American pattern of patent medicine fraud, which was imbued with religious marketing gimmickry and began as a psuedoscience. It remains more scientism than scientific. Chucking the "gender studies" department is therefore like closing the parapsychology department. Results should matter in science.

Only faith demands that we ignore results and rely on the sanctified, tearful testimonies of children instead. Only faith. Refuse to enter the wizard circle or repeat the magic pronoun cant. Refuse to participate in the mandatory faith fun. You will stand on solid Constitution and they will only blow wind at you.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

"If the state can force you to lie about basic reality—man and woman—then it can force you to lie about anything." - That, in my opinion, is the key sentence in the whole article.

This is psychological warfare against the citizens. If the government can force you to lie about things which are obvious, then you have essentially given up, capitulated. If you totally give in to the government, you become a tool of the government, you are a useful idiot. At that point freedom is gone, the American Dream is gone and it is total tyranny. Obviously, that is the goal of the Biden regime, the goal of the Marxist elites in the establishment. Their goal is to be the wealthy, elite ruling class forever and have the rest of society be the 'worker bees'. They want all the money and all the power, and the rest of society would be divided between being their servants and being collateral damage.

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Further proof of the real civil war we are fighting. You can all keep trying to do it the right way, but playing by the rules will land us all in concentration camps. I think I’ll choose to fight fire with fire.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I shake my head every day at the nonsense coming from these “wokesters”. Fight the good fight, Christopher. We are with you.

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Keep up the good fight Chris! Stay strong🙏

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You are a front line soldier in this fight for our country and please know there are millions of us standing with you. In our own spheres we are fighting as well and always ready to assist you should you send out a call.

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Thank you for all your vital work Chris! Sadly, the crazies seem unstoppable

while they are conjoined with our malignant government.

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The left is doing its best to obliterate opposition by lawfare, intimidation, and cheating. Several prominent conservative leaders have gone down in flames, have bowed out, have been "turned", or have lost their moorings. Under such vicious pressure, who can be surprised? Perhaps when we look back on this dark period of our national life we'll see that it was a few courageous individuals - "brave men and true" - who stood firm and were used by God to achieve the impossible and turn the tide. I hope so. Thank you for doing your part. Praying for you.

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In the end it really comes down to the courts, which are the last stronghold of conservatives in American political life. I think the odds are strongly in your favor, but even with conservative judges (some of whom have gender-something offspring) you never can be sure. I'm hoping this ends with a solid slap-down of the neo-Stalinists.

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Stay strong, Chris. Only the truth makes us free!!

We are behind you!

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How do you stop this steamrolling? Honestly feels like we are losing and there isn’t much hope. They figured out how to manipulate elections so that a conservative will never gold presidency again.

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We use the term "liberal democracy" freely without ever considering that it's an oxymoron. The "liberal" grounds laws in universal best-practices and rights that must govern society regardless of the will of the people. The "democrat" believes laws should reflect the will of the people. In America, this tension was historically held in check by federalism: democratic control at the local level backed by universal rights limiting the federal level. The Civil War dented this architecture; the Progressive era started the wrecking ball, and demolition was completed by the Civil Rights Act.

This is where I part ways with you Chris. I love what you're doing, but I think you're failing to see what time it is. We conservatives need to accept that we've lost. We live in a unitary government now; local control and democratic federalism are no longer options. The choice is between a Left-wing, progressive, liberal state and a Right-wing, illiberal state.

What many people call "populism" is the beginnings of the latter. If we're lucky, such an illiberal state could preserve liberty while grounding it in some kind of universal moral claims (Christian democracy or Aristotelian virtue as Patrick Deneen says). If we're unlucky, we end up grounding it in racially tinged language that differs from the Left only by which races are favored. In this sense, Richard Spencer and Ibram Kendi are mirrors of each other. However, this is a risk we must take, and we must be willing to embrace state power to do it (since we lack the ability to claim any other kind.) What you're doing is a necessary step, but it often feels like you're looking for a road back to Jeffersonian democracy. Alas, such a road no longer exists. Perhaps New College graduates can reconstruct it, but that's a long way off, and they won't get the chance if the Left consolidates power further.

If anything, your hint at the drastic consequences of losing this lawsuit understates the danger. If we do nothing, the woke will win and institute a progressive, Left-wing theocracy. At least the Right presents a road (however narrow it may be) that ends in something good. I wish it ended in Jeffersonian democracy, but the destination is closer to a cross between Burke and Hamilton.

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We must stop using the easy and puerile word “woke” - we must call this religion by its true name. These are the lesser orders, missionaries & lay brothers of the church of Psychology.

This religion wears the clothes of science, and it performs a caricature of the scientific method when needed, but it is not bound by science's limits. The dicta of Psychology are accepted without factual evidence and without waiting for scientific research. We see that when science contradicts Psychology, Psychologists abandon science. We see that "Psychology" is not an "-ology" any more than Scientology - it is a religion.

The "psych" of "Psychology" is not the brain - that would be neurology - it is the psyche, the spirit, the mind, the soul. We may observe the brain, we may observe the body, we may observe behavior. We may observe how chemicals, conditions & chromosomes affect the body, affect the brain, affect behavior. Yet the study of the unobservable mind - this is not in the remit of science. It definitionally can not be.

This is not a pedantic distinction - this is fundamental. When one attempts to study the unobservable, one steps outside science. The mind is studied with the mind, the soul with the soul, the spirit with the spirit. The study of the psyche by the psyche for the psyche - this is called art, this is called literature, this is called music, this is called religion. So-called Psychologists have set themselves above all these. They have set their purported true understandings of the psyche above art, above science, above everything.

Only the psyche may study the psyche. A psyche studying the psyche can communicate its findings on the psyche by art, by literature, by music. It can not purport to declare empirical truth. To do so is to found a religion. It will not matter how disturbed & bizarre the doctrines grow. Psychologists have claimed moral & scientific truth theirs to pronounce.

We must firmly restrict Psychology to the religious domain. As long as we fail to bind it thusly, its shifting dogma & whimsical clergy will rule us by clerical fiat.

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