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Nov 1, 2023·edited Nov 1, 2023

How to irrefutably link movements, like the Trans Agenda or the LGBQT+ Flag to Marxism? Every school or admin that waves the pride flag should fully understand that the equivalence is the gold hammer and sickle on a red background. Every parent should see it for what it is!

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It's not such a direct link. The genealogies of critical race theory, for example, and transgender ideology are different. CRT is more directly derived from identity-based neo-Marxism, as you will see in my book. But transgender ideology has mostly a different lineage, deriving from postmodernism and left-wing Nietzscheanism, predominantly through Michel Foucault. There is some overlap, as some theorists have tried to hitch trans identity into a Marxist oppressor-oppressed dynamic and believe that "transgender liberation" can only be achieved through the abolition of both gender and capitalism. On the Left, there is usually a "blender effect," in which all of these ideologies are mixed together. But from a strict historical perspective, they developed out of different lines of thought.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Yes, It does appear like a coalition of false, not yet publicly discredited, theories that share a common opposition to those who seek honest discourse -- for the pleasure of the power-above-all-else democrats' voting block. Quite a tent.

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There’s a lot of overlap! The point is we’re the fuel came from driving this, the citizens of these United States through there tax dollars courtesy The Biden Administration!!! Other wise these groups would be a bunch of indoctrinated college kids flapping there jaws and of course the rest of the older gays, bi’s and xyz’s demanding the world’s recognition while being used as pawns by the very people that will extinguish them after they help destroy the idea of a country founded on Judeo Christian beliefs!

It’s been used and going on sense Jesus Christ walked the face of the earth!

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It might be useful to review the contents of the "sex education" program Bela Kun and Gyorgy Lukacs introduced in Hungarian state schools in 1919. While this curriculum most definitely targeted Christian family values, I believe it was also designed to create gender confusion and to advance a transhumanist agenda.

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Yes, important.

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I wrote to Joe "Caesar's Messiah" Atwill for details in that I've heard him lecture on this topic. I would also consider the activities of Wilhelm Reich in Vienna in the mid-1920's and his comrades like Fritz Perls.

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GEORG LUKÁCS' MARXISM: ALIENATION, DIALECTICS, REVOLUTION. By Victor Zitta.

Zitta wrote that "education became something perverse" under Lukács and that special lectures were organized in school and literature printed and distributed to “instruct” children about free love, about the nature of sexual intercourse, about the archaic nature of the bourgeois family codes, about the outdatedness of monogamy, and the irrelevance of religion which deprives man of all pleasure. Children were urged thus to reject and deride paternal authority and the authority of the church, and "to ignore precepts of morality".

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I disagree. It really does not matter whether they have the same genealogies or different ones. They arrived at the same point and share the same fundamental principles and the same implementation as those found in totalitarianism. They are variants of Marxism, which is an ideology that constantly mutates--much like COVID-19--to form new variants.

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True! But one can not paint the entire left (or right) with such a broad brush.

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You are deeply mistaken in your concepts.I was born under the hammer and sickle and lived for 42 years.Nothing like what you write about happened there, and if it happened secretly, it was punishable.

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The relationship between Marxism and the family is quite interesting. Orthodox Marxists believed that the "patriarchal family" was an impediment to developing revolutionary consciousness. At the same time, many left-wing theorists complained that the left-wing political parties in Europe, for example, upheld largely bourgeois cultural standards. Foucault made a variation on this argument quite forcefully in relation to the trade unionists, who did not accept the cultural revolution that was driving the student rioters in France during the late 1960s. There was always a sense that changes to the family did not go fast or far enough. Now, looking back, we can see that these cultural changes, which happened not only in Marxist countries but also in the capitalist countries of the West, especially the United States, have been a disaster.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Not to mention Karl Marx didn't work and was nortiously horrible to his kids and family and was an alcoholic, freeloading, failed aristocratic pos but I digress.

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Marx was a gem!

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Nov 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I'm honestly suprised he couldn't get some vodka profits to live off of from the czar. Lol

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Also what Foucault and the French intelligentsia thought of the family (a bourgeois structure that needed to be dismantled) is very different from the position of the French Communist Party, which, like all communist parties, was very conservative when it came to sex. (I am a French scholar, btw) There were women who were excommunicated from the French Communist Party for "moral reasons." In Communist Romania there was a concept called "the socialist morality" which meant that even divorce was frowned upon. None of this is known by American Marxists because their view of Marxism is completely divorced from the reality of it in former Communist countries.

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André Marty was quite a figure, yes. Nothing about gender or dismantling families.

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Most of the traditional heroes in Communist countries were very macho.

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I was born in the USSR and family narrative was pretty strong there along with criminalized homosexuality (rus. «мужеложество»). It was also shameful for a woman to be divorced or having a kid outside marriage.

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Exactly. See may answers too.

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There is an enormous difference between Marxists in contemporary Anglo countries and the way Marxism was applied in all Communist countries. In the latter, all alternative sexualities were punished by law. In Communist Romania where I lived, a homosexual could go to prison for 20 years. Contemporary Western queer Marxists are very much like "Queers for Palestine." Marx had no concept of "gender" and would be perplexed to see what his theory has become.

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In the land of the hammer and sickle, which was based on the ideology of K.Marx, the family was erected and supported.

As for this country, quick and smart reforms will help and save it.

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After the revolution they at first tried to destroy the family. That was ultimately such a disaster that they had to reverse course.

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After the revolution from 1917-1923 there was a Civil War.It is unlikely that at this time someone had the right thoughts in their heads.

Basically, the contradictions were about the inheritance of property, and not for any other reasons.

But since the whole idea is that "a strong family is a cell of a strong society," these problems were quickly sorted out.

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You are misunderstanding his point. He is talking about parallels between Communism and the LGBTQ/Trans movement's oppressor vs. oppressed framework for interpreting reality. Now we see Trans bringing Hamas into their intersectionality of the oppressed. The aim in all cases is the destruction of categories, the rise of Transhumanism (Communism's concept of the New Man), and destruction of the West itself.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I agree I missed the point. The LGBTQ/Trans movement did not exist under communism. It utilized different pairs of oppressor/oppressed. Elena, I apologize if your comment was not a denial but rather a clarification of this important difference between life under communism vs life under woke. Of course, both lead to human suffering, but they are different -- with the commonality that both were/are based on placing people in camps against themselves.

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I think your misunderstanding, the rise of Hilters regime was ground floor separation of the family by I doctrinarian of the children and pitting them against there families. Then pushing the the pure blood agendas.

The approach here in US is very similar!

All the groups mentioned haven’t been persecuted at least not since the mid-70s in the far is interracial marriage that’s been excepted for 25 years or more. Black life matters, LBGTXYZ community is all been added to attack the family base in general coupled with the attack on Christianity in this country, which is the base of its founders .

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I think what the Left and the radical Islamists have in common is the desire to destroy Christianity, whose decline has already brought about a weakening of morality and social cohesion, and whose destruction will allow those ideologies to impose themselves on all Western countries.

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But I should add that Christians and Muslims will surely unite against transgender ideology and that may make a strong bond.

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It forever shocks me that we just flat out kill or incarcerate black men in the US so black families have zero chance. And no one says anything- DNC, BLM, President Obama have changes nothing. Here in the quiet Midwest of Missouri we have the highest black murder victimization rate in the US and have been 1 or 2 in the US for the last 14 years but the MOGOP concedes STL and KC cities without even trying and "targeting races" is the BS excuse I suppose. https://www.riverfronttimes.com/news/missouris-black-homicide-victimization-rate-again-highest-in-us-39941072

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"It's forever shocks me that we just flat out kill or incarcerate black men in the US so black families have zero chance." This is not true at all and, to the extent that it reflects any reality, gets the causation backwards.

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> It's forever shocks me that we just flat out kill or incarcerate black men in the US

We don't. We kill or incarcerate Black men when they commit crimes, just like we do to everybody else.

> Here in the quiet Midwest of Missouri we have the highest black murder victimization rate in the US

Well most killers kill within their race.

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While both your statements are basically true, I've been all through the issue. I want to know why it's acceptable to anyone but especially black voters. And if we as conservatives say the nuclear family is the key to our society, then this is a problem for us as well.

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Destruction of the current system/ institution is the end goal of critical theory. It's sinister in the Democratic Party bc some really are standing for trans rights and then when they realize the point is them being used to break the only system which actually has trans rights in it, it's too late.

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No you don't. Hamas is a terrorist group. Most trans people I know will quickly tell you that too and no they do not want the destruction of the west.

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Nov 1, 2023·edited Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Trans. as an ideology, with ideological categories. This phenomenon is wholly apart from adult persons who pursue their delusions surgically.

And, what is "No you don't?" Are you..."scolding" this man for saying something you don't care for? If so, then is it not enough to prove him wrong - without tedious moralisms?

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BTW, this "Cassandra" is a know shill.

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It will be interesting to see what she (?) says to my question whether she affirms that the Trans delusions are truth (not delusions).

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The "No, you don't" is a response to this from him, "Now we see Trans bringing Hamas into their intersectionality of the oppressed."

Also, being transgender is not an ideology. Being transgender is the same as being black, Hispanic, or Asian. They simply are. Just like you simply are. Your ideologies aren't you. The difference is that you have a choice in agreeing with an ideology, whereas you do not have a choice in being you The same applies to trans people.

Like all people, transgender people do have ideologies they agree with. There are trans people who are adhere to conservativism, republicanism, liberalism, etc. as there are in any other population.

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> Also, being transgender is not an ideology.

Yes it is. It is also a denial of objective reality.

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Attempting to become another sex is a choice. Race is a separate issue. It is fixed, just like age. Surely, you actually know this to be true.

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His point would have been more accurate had he said "Now we see Trans ideologists bringing..." That said, there is an ambiguity which has arisen (and which you clarify) - and that is over the word "Trans" - whether (in caps) it refers to individuals or the ideology/movement. I have used it as he did, but am not committed to that - reality is what matters. I will say "Trans ideologists" going forward, now that I see the ambiguity (I did not consider it ambiguous, until now - but speech should be clear).

The rest I agree with and stated above (in my own way) - unless you mean to say that "being trans" is a reality - which I do not believe. And this is an ambiguity for you to address/resolve: are you saying that there are people who exist who believe themselves to be transexual/have had surgeries, etc., or are you saying that they are actually correct to think that?

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I am sure many if not most trans people do not want the destruction of the West, but, unfortunately, there is a big difference between trans people and the Trans ideological movement of the radical far left. The leading academics of the ideology are Judith Butler and Susan Striker, among others. They call for the obliteration of all categories of meaning that Western civilization has produced because its values, accomplishments and systems of social organization and scientific endeavor are nothing but patriarchal oppression masquerading as progress. It is sheer nonsense. I have a feeling that you might agree, but read those authors for yourself and you will see blatant statements to destroy the West.

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I'm not so sure that "many if not most trans people do not want the destruction of the West." My sense is that Americans who claim to be transgender are very far to the left on the political spectrum.

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Got to run. Time for my live show at 6 PM Eastern.

Anyone want to join me?

https://www.youtube.com/live/e4BfNfDo_5M?feature=shared

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"Trans" people are confused about their own gender. They're not going to have coherent positions on civilizational issues.

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Most trans people do not know who Judith Butler or Susan Striker are and could care less about their academic philosophies.

While they are academics, they are by no means leading academics on what it means to be transgender. Just as your views are yours, and you are entitled to them, their views are theirs, and they also entitled to them too.

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Of course, we are all entitled to our own views. They are in fact the leading academics in the fields of transgenderism, queer theory and gender studies. So, they, along with others, have laid the foundation and are the thought leaders of the far left radical Trans ideological movement now waving the banner at pro-Hamas rallies on campuses everywhere. Trans people are not necessarily part of this movement but they should call out injustice when they see it, as we all should. Lastly, if we are interested in rational thinking, we have a responsibility to analyze ideas and critique bad ideas that negatively impact our social cohesion, and therefore, you should take a closer look..

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Part of the reason for my initial post was I've really been thinking about "Queers for Palestine." I cannot imagine they realize what would happen to them in Palestine. So what convinces a person to support a cause that would likely or eventually violently kill them?

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> So what convinces a person to support a cause that would likely or eventually violently kill them?

Possession of a latent death wish.

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I don't know, James. It makes no sense to me. I still don't know why Log Cabin Republican's support a party that seeks to erase and delete every word that would identify them from across the entire federal enterprise and that doesn't not want them in the party.

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I see what you tried to do there. Your analogy misses by the length of a 3-story drop tied to a chair to your death.

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There is a direct parallelism between the "classic" Marxism and the neo-Marxism/Communism. It's exactly the same divide of society based on the oppressed /oppressor antagony. In the classic Marxism - workers versus bourgeoisie, in the neo-Marxism - sexual minorities, racial and religious minorities versus white people ann Christians.

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The parallelism is in the structure of ideology, per-se. It has a gnostic (Manichean) religious basis which will make all such movements/ideologies "familial."

Bourgeois Radicalism (the present phenomenon) is no exception - what you say of the dualism is correct, and true of all of them (Communist Marxism (Lenin) Fascist Marxism (Mussolini), National Socialism, Bourgeois Radicalism, etc. etc.

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Bourgeois Radicalism. I think you are spot on. But what does that mean? These people think the rebellion is transkids products in the front of the store at Target. The next week when it is pushed to the back and the following week removed, they are looking for tiny Palestinian or Ukrainian flags for their profile. And the main reason all this happened is so someone at PRSA or in marketing can get another data point on a consumer.

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You raise more than one question - and all good. As to Bourgeois Radicalism and ideology, I can answer well. My third reply is more tentative.

Bourgeois Radicalism is the ideology of the "Liberation of the Individual from all Oppressions." Ideology is in-turn a gnostic religious recurrence combined with (and governing as an idealism) by Praxis, as understood by Francis Bacon to Karl Marx.

In the case of Bourgeois Radicalism, it predates Marx. It was suppressed by Marxism and its related social ideologies (Fascism, etc.) but, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union (and the other régimes in WWII) and objective defeat of Marx's counter to the Bourgeois Radicals - Dialectical Materialism - B.R. has been rediscovered (Stirner to Marcuse).

All ideology is utopic, and a comprehensive falsification of reality. Its votaries look to utopia, and devalue the world of reality to a symbol - they constantly talk about what "should be" (but is not). They try to remake the world as this "should," which is not an ethical "should" based upon human nature/anthropology but a fideistic "should" based on utopia. Combined with Praxis, this means violently remaking the world w/o ethical considerations. It is a kind of violent, dishonest moralism.

To your question of outcomes. My thoughts are more tentative, and I have only generally written about this. I just spent over a week in New York meeting with other Catholic philosophers, and this was our main subject!

Trans is a good case: they try to alter reality itself, but find that they cannot - something about forms in nature prevents success. They cannot via technology change men into women or horses into men. To put this another way, their Praxis fails to remake the world. What next?

I believe postmodern theory is the place to look. The way to read it broadly is as a description of life under total ideological régime - it is underrated by its opponents and misunderstood by its proponents. It describes life as an immersive fiction - a LARP. This is the fall-back position of the ideologists - if they cannot radically transform reality via technology (and it appears that they cannot), then they will settle for a comprehensive immersive fiction. You see both approaches or "attempts" side-by-side (remember, as "Praxis" all of this is "experimental").

There is a related phenomenon of careerists and fellow-travelers who "don't really mean it." Well, they are responsible for what they say - their motives are their own. They are furthering the problem, and become part of it - future camp notaries and press-agents who "didn't know." They will execute whatever orders they receive - as they are informing us. The Hamas Atrocity Exhibition is a stress-test both for votaries and fellow-travelers - how much will they be complicit in? Quite a lot, it seems...

I hope that this attempt is worthy, and furthers your thinking. If you wish to question it or disagree, you will find me receptive - I am after comprehensive understanding of the truth. As a servant of God, I am not permitted to make this "about me."

Cordially,

PS, I will be soon making a new comment to Christopher concerning the effect of "Intersectionality." I hope that you will read it when it posts.

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We are not discussing parallels with Marxism and neo/marxism.

I responded to the previous comment exactly as it was submitted.

Take care

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Elana, I am happy you were not touched. But as a child I lived a few months with many Russian children who would told me how they would hide their Bibles because they did not want to go to prison. And the documentation is quite extensive. Denial is surely conducive to pleasurable thoughts about the past, but for the millions of people who suffered greatly under Stalin and others Russian leaders, not so much.

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Solzhenitsyn talked about it.

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I agree with what you say of Marxism - mostly. That is, "Intersectionality" is a Bourgeois Radical conception, and only Marxist insofar as it tries to "pick up the pieces" of Marxism after the real-world refutation of Dialectical Materialism. Really, "Marxism" is a kind of "Mystification" - a rhetorical device by both the Bourgeois Radicals and their enemies on the "Right." The real pedigree is Max Stirner, et. al. along with Mao - who himself emulated the "social movements" of the National Socialists, etc.

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This seems directionally correct. I'm assuming you mean that the Marxist political movements never shed their bourgeois origins—and now refuse to shed even their bourgeois desires. This is one of the great lessons from Del Noce.

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Marx did try to suppress Bourgeois Radicalism - which predates him; his comments on Stirner and other "Left-Hegelians" are brutal. What he offered - Dialectical Materialism - failed objectively (by his standards). "Mystifications" of "Right" and "Left" ideologists aside (both have a stake in propping-up Marx's corpse and many outright don't understand and/or are sentimentalists), the "Left" has returned to its Bourgeois Radical roots. Of course, some never left those roots - as Marx and both Communists and Fascists never tired of observing.

At this point, the Left IS Bourgeois Radicalism - which in-reality means a kind of universal bureaucratic administrative/economic state dedicated to "physical an emotional 'well-being.'" That is, a kind of (gated) Bourgeois Disneyland.

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This much said, "Intersectionality" has opened a grotesque, perverse, laughable and repulsive complication - as your recent Twitter post of the Judith Butler talk attests. Your typical B.R. aspirant - say Ta-Nehisi Coates - both aspires to Bourgeois Disneyland and advocates murder.

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Nov 1, 2023·edited Nov 1, 2023

Then you are not seeing it. Go back and watch those activist leftists...rallies. The Hammer & Sickle is proudly displayed in the mob, along side BLM and Pride flags. Sometimes you will see a hammer sickle wrapped in pride stripes. It is no longer subversive. You own lived historical experience could very well be foretelling a near future. Messaging is key. Open people’s eyes to what the possible future may look like if this path continues.

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No, I saw it and it just amused me.Most of the people you mentioned have no idea how it was.Under the hammer and sickle was a different morality and concepts.Therefore, one should not mix one with the other, otherwise it is simply ridiculous

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An excellent question. We do need to show Americans these ideologies are all variants of Marxism because they are. We need to clearly explain this to Americans so they know we are dealing with the hammer and sickle. If we can't get the diagnosis correct, we will not have the right cure. Saying transgender is a new theory is a wrong diagnosis that simply confuses people. In fundamental principles transgenderism and critical race theory are essentially the same. They are variants of Marxism. Now is the time to increase Americans' awareness of the real nature of the ideology that is destroying America.

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That’s completely insane.

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It's not insane. Everything that's happening now, every one of the moronic groups and "movements" (e.g. BLM, LGBTQ) are part of the agenda to destroy white/Western civilization. Wake up.

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@Frans. I think you are confused about who is replying to who. This is hard to follow on Substance.

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You clearly know, nothing about Communism, the Black community, or the gay community. Please go read a book and get your head out of QAnon conspiracies.

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Have you read Rufo's book? See the index for "Intersectionality," pp. 237-39. A quotation that might be helpful:

"The simplest way to explain intersectionality is that it expands the Marxist oppressor-oppressed binary into a finely graded, multivariate hierarchy of oppression."

The hierarchy is not based on economic class, but identity, hence "NEO" Marxism.

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Yes, this is right. It's a practical, radical than ideological, question of alliances.

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OK. Everything and everyone are always prosperous, well, and happy under communism and BLM leadership. All sunshine and roses. Is that what I'm not understanding about communism and BLM?

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I don't think my grandparents were feeling the sunshine when they fled Russia, nor did my great- grandfather and uncle when they had to return to Russia due to an eye infection. They were summarily executed upon their arrival in their homeland.

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I was being sarcastic. Sheldon is sleeping while BLM burns down cities.

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Are you related to Sheldon W. Helms?

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I was being sarcastic. Sheldon is sleeping while cities burn.

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Very "2020" - hostile, emotive rhetoric and no substance.

None of it has any effect any more - those of us who refuse to be ruled by ideologists have come to accept your social aggression and obdurate irrationality as a given, and very much part of the problem. We were put off for a bit by the sheer incivility and unreason of it, but we have "gotten over it," and are moving forward to reassert our right to govern our own lives without your permission or approval.

By "you," I do not speak of you personally - there is always hope for you personally - but your movement and its weird gnostic religion.

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If you weren't so dedicated to committing ad hominem attacks, you might have suggested that s/he read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, but...

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Sheldon, you clearly need to wake up to the reality of what's going on around you!

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

You are one of the few warriors the conservative movement has to battle the Left, yet they seem to have an endless supply on their side. How can we level the playing field?

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I'm training journalists and activists this year to expand our team: https://manhattan.institute/article/the-manhattan-institute-announces-the-logos-fellowship.

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Read a book, become the warrior.

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Yeah, read Rufo's book and lend it to anyone who's willing to read it.

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Most warmongers refer illiterate warriors.

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Yes, they say "Do not attribute to malice what can be attributed to ignorance." The useful idiots are the army of those far fewer warmongers with deep seeded hate converted into irrational activism.

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Ignorance above all, but also idiocy and mental dysfunction/failure are underrated! That still leaves plenty of malice...

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We need legislation to stop this massive transgender social contagion. The government, universities, major medical associations and social media are complicit. Thousands of parents like me are experiencing indescribable grief as our young adult children are misled to poison and mutilate themselves. How can we stop it?

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This is a tragedy and I'm sorry to hear about your adult child. You are correct that all of the major institutions have been promoting this ideology, despite the mounting evidence that is it based on a false metaphysics, science, and medical practice. The good news is that public opinion is shifting, due to the work of many journalists, doctors, and activists who are exposing the transgender movement for what it is: a nihilistic cult that engages in child sacrifice as an expression of moral purification. The bad news is that this is likely cold comfort for those who have children currently struggling with this ideology. My recommendation cannot be universal—each particular family must approach it with a sense of prudence, based on particular experience—but my general sense is that you must love your child unconditionally, try to maintain a connection as much as possible, and be patient, steady, and faithful. Remember the story of the prodigal son.

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One of the best things I have seen you write. You are, after all, a father.

The Transgender cult as "a nihilistic cult that engages in child sacrifice as an expression of moral purification" is strong and points to what we know of human history/anthropology. It goes straight to the regressive nature of neo-gnosticism - in this case a recurrence of child-sacrifice - as if Judaism had never happened! We see the same with race ideology.

Have you written on this specific element, or can you point to anyone who discusses this cultic recurrence? This strikes me as a vital insight.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

This is America, so lawsuits - which are already happening.

Turns out it's legally risky to use the consent of inherently mentally ill people as the basis for untested & unstudied chemical and surgical experimentation! Who could have guessed?

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Criminal conduct.

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You can ask your child to read and answer questions about this article https://www.thefp.com/p/gender-affirming-care-dangerous-finland-doctor

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good article.. i think the difference is in the usa, everything is driven by profit.. not so in finland....

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"Everything" is a bit strong. Do not understand the reference to Finland. But I do agree that we Americans need to rediscover our true compassions -- which have been hijacked by the left in too many corporations who find virtue signaling profitable, not to mention the educational institutions who use it to defend their stupid theories and attract useful-idiot followers.

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Nov 1, 2023·edited Nov 1, 2023

read the article linked by rethink earlier to understand the finland reference.. here it is again for convenience.. the position in the usa is this transgender thing is driven by big money as i see it.. i am not down with this left-right divide.. i think it is too simplistic.. cheers https://www.thefp.com/p/gender-affirming-care-dangerous-finland-doctor

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Great article. Thx.

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American is no more capitalistic than Finland.

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i think big pharma has much more control over the regulatory bodies in the usa then in europe... i could be mistaken, but i do believe this is driven by money which explains some of the differences here, especially the difference between finland and usa...

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Big pharma funds the FDA by paying them for doing everything they do for them.

I doubt if they fund the The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in the same way.

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how do you explain the different approach taken in the usa verses finland and some of the other countries listed in the article?

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Wouldn't it be easier to make sure that our children are literate before they go into the world without us? Young, innocent humans have always been more likely to be interested in things they have been warned off from while being left largely ignorant about them than those things they are well educated, rather than well indoctrinated, about.

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Are you aware of or could you help develop, specific policies or laws in every state, county or school board that should be targeted when we win a local election. What are the specific laws or policies that leverage power and money for these entities that we need to know about right away? There have to be similarities across states.

If the good guys win an election, is there a plan or a list of things that should be addressed on Day 1?

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This is a great idea. I believe that Moms for Liberty is working on these kinds of programs.

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We have people running for County Commission next year, and that is it’s own work. On Day1, I would love for there to be a checklist of things to look for.

They hide everything or it’s buried in places you can’t see it obviously.

If you can tell citizens, “look here and ask about this specifically,” work will GET DONE!

Thank you for what you’re doing!

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It would be good that they start out complying with whichever constitution they took an oath to and continue to comply as long as they are in office.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Rafe Heydel-Mankoo recently highlighted research showing that ethnic diversity is significantly linked to decreased social trust, which arguably leads to a host of other social ills. The core data he cited was from a 2019 meta analysis on the topic which found almost all evidence supporting this notion. In looking into one prominent article by Robert Putnam called 'Bowling Alone', I found a rebuttal claiming that some of that data was somewhat misinterpreted. Again, this was one critique and not related to the full meta analysis. Given this overall data, what are your thoughts and implications, or ways forward for society, given that ethnic diversity is likely perpetual and inevitable in many places? Are any benefits of diversity being thrown out with the bathwater? Can we be successfully multi racial yet overcome pitfalls of being overly multi ethnic?

Sources:

Diversity is not a Strength. It weakens Society, Research Clearly Shows

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o821QX5LFpg

Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Narrative and Meta-Analytical Review

https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-052918-020708

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-diversity-create-distrust/

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Yes, I'll leave the math to the social scientists, but yes, I believe that, all things being equal, ethnic diversity is inversely correlated with social trust. I saw this when working on a documentary about America's poorest cities: street gangs, prison life, and other major conflicts were almost always divided along racial and ethnic lines. This should not be a surprise. It's obvious that groups with different cultures, religions, languages, traditions, values, and physical characteristics will find themselves more easily at odds than groups with more homogenous traits. However, I do not believe that all kinds of diversity are equal or that ethnic differences cannot be bridged. In our country, some groups are more easily assimilated into the dominant culture. And more broadly, the Catholic Church has been able to serve as a unifying force across vast cultural boundaries. My own parish is multiracial, with one white American priest, a Filipino priest, and an African priest. There is no DEI department or focus on "diversity." Quite the opposite: there is a firm belief that we are all made in the image of God and have a shared faith commitment that transcends racial and ethnic divisions. That is a better model than modern "diversity" ideology.

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Just to offer another opinion on the multiculturalism lie, you cannot force people to live together harmoniously by law or zoning or bureaucratic policy or decree. Harmony and cooperation must arise organically. We see what happens when people are forced to live cheek-to-jowl with people alien to them.

Human nature appears to dictate that people prefer to be among those like themselves. Duh! That's not an observation that needs some sort of affirmation by social science statistics.

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Let's not make the mistake of upholding some new bit of "social science" "research" when it upholds some particular prior...it is literally all hogwash built on sand.

When you accept the legitimacy of any modern work in these fields - *especially* any modern work making broad claims about sociocultural racial attitudes - you do waaaay more to legitimize pseudo-progressive nonsense than you do to help you own cause.

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good post

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How can we better illustrate the problems with credentialism? Having expertise in a specific field matters and should provoke thoughtful assessments and conversations. But so often, having educated opinions (educated but without a degree) is dismissed when that opinion contradicts mainstream consensus. This is a question that reaches across paradigms, ie journalism, medicine, law, etc. How might we strike a balance between appreciating skills and knowledge without slipping into the authoritarian, lazy assumption that the “experts” know best? Are there useful philosophies / approaches that can be instructive or should we think about creating new ones?

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The experts have been blowing up their own reputations since 2020 in dramatic fashion. Keep highlighting this, exposing them, and trusting your own judgement. Never delegate your power as a citizen to bureaucratic experts!

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Excellent question Theresa! I hope Chris responds to this. I think our recent experience with Covid magnified the risks in only listening to the credentialed. Also, the recent anti Semitic protests by “nearly credentialed” college students promoted by their tenured professors is chilling. Our constitution doesn’t mention credentials or advanced education requirements.

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Good points! I feel like we are expected to make choices for ourselves as citizens and as people with bodily autonomy that don’t require advanced education. We may consider guidance from people in specialized fields, but it seems like COVID policies were really a giant shove towards technocracy, where technocrats are the new priesthood class who cannot be defied in any way. The “liberal” side of the argument tends to be one that insists their detractors are “anti-intellectual” but it’s not very intellectual to take your brain out of your head to only do what you’re told.

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How can we possibly know who, in politics or any media, mainstream or alternative, to trust anymore? There is always the “controlled opposition” red flag thrown at anyone who remotely sounds sane and all conservative thought is equated with fascism, showing its roots of “bad white men”, throughout history, taking advantage of everyone else.

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Use your best judgement—there is no other substitute. Reflect on your own experience and if it confirms the truth of what you read. If it does not, look closely to determine whether it's because of a gap in experience or because what you read is false. Trust your instincts, but not so much that you never question your judgements.

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Anyone throwing around accusations of "fascism" is not to be trusted.

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Unless their accusations are spot on, as rare as that may be.

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True, but we must insist upon definition from the person.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

The problem is that "fascism" has no definition outside the context of mid 20th century Italian and German politics. And even that conflates Fascism with Nazism even though the two philosophies had rather important differences.

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The problem is that many of those who define fascism find themselves forced to make their preferred system not appear to be synonymous.

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They define "fascism" to mean "resembles Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy in whatever way I deem relevant".

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Yes. Same with "Marxism" and "Communism" becoming mere rhetorical devices.

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No, Marxism and Communism were worked out universal theories before any governments adopted them.

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Or the definition of the person from whom they accepted it.

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It is a day by day process in a situation where most of the electorate can't remember the plot of a movie after they return from the restroom, let alone the promises made by the winner of the election.

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For one, look to free speech absolutists who didn't shame themselves calling for the arrest of anti-Israel/pro-Palestine protesters. At least you know now that they don't have the courage to stick with their formerly stated convictions.

Also look at who publicly denounces or calls for the arrest of Assange and Snowden and who cheered the banishment of Alex Jones and Donald Trump from social media. Authoritarian hypocrites are the worst sort.

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You surely know the "boundary" is important. Was the pogrom-like treatment of jews in NYC free speech? Is chanting for death to jews free speech? If I spit on a cop, is it free speech? If I terrorize certain groups with suggestions of violence is it free speech? Just asking.

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"Pogrom-like treatment"? Who was murdered, exiled, or sent to a concentration camp in NYC during the demonstrations?

"Chanting for the death of Jews" is ugly, and says quite a bit about those benighted Americans who do it, but it's permissible under the First Amendment, as the once-useful ACLU argued many years ago in Skokie, IL.

Spitting on cops is also a "speech act" of a sort, though if you want to get technical about it, it might be considered "assault" if you want to stretch the definition.

"Suggestions" of violence are not actual violence, obviously. Direct threats of violence are another matter, and don't fall under the protection of the First Amendment (never mind the "crowded theater" bullshit that's always taken out of context).

Speech is either free or it isn't. The level of one's offense does not change the principle and, in fact, the grosser the offense the greater the protection required, since offense is a purely subjective response to some irritant. So-called "hate speech" is a bad idea that has gained far too much traction, giving leverage to those who would throttle political discussions.

I hate Hamas probably as much as you do and, viscerally and emotionally, I'd like to see them all killed, but so what? I also see that it's easy for the pro-Israel faction to conflate criticisms of Israel's foreign policy with "antisemitism" since Jewish identity is often deliberately mixed together with the nation's politics to deflect reasonable political criticisms.

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Campus activities re Israel-Palestine have done a lot to expose the intellectual rot on our campuses. You’ve drawn a line in some of your tweets between that and CRT, BLM. I’ve never really understood the connection. Is it as simple as the left needing to place everything into an oppressor-oppressed paradigm? And the only real debate in the Dem Party is which category Jews fall in? Also what is with the tactic of tearing down photos of Hamas kidnapping victims? That seems like such a transparently stupid thing to do that not even the Squad can give it political cover.

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The only real leverage to get wokeness out of schools is donors withholding their money. Is there an effort to connect and organize major donors so that there is strength in numbers and individual donors are less hesitant to stick their necks out?

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There aren't very many schools that operate by donation in comparison to those that operate from mandatory taxation.

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was referring to colleges.

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Nothing is different for colleges than for K-12.

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I just learned that my cousin's daughter, who is now 13, came out as trans 2 years ago. My cousin and his wife are affirming the transition but thankfully not initiating any medical interventions. Seems likely though, that this will change because the environment they live in (lower east side of NYC) is seriously progressive. I've been counseled by friends and family members not to intervene. Any suggestions of what to do?

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Here's what I wrote to a commenter above, who has a child in this position:

"This is a tragedy and I'm sorry to hear about your adult child. You are correct that all of the major institutions have been promoting this ideology, despite the mounting evidence that is it based on a false metaphysics, science, and medical practice. The good news is that public opinion is shifting, due to the work of many journalists, doctors, and activists who are exposing the transgender movement for what it is: a nihilistic cult that engages in child sacrifice as an expression of moral purification. The bad news is that this is likely cold comfort for those who have children currently struggling with this ideology. My recommendation cannot be universal—each particular family must approach it with a sense of prudence, based on particular experience—but my general sense is that you must love your child unconditionally, try to maintain a connection as much as possible, and be patient, steady, and faithful. Remember the story of the prodigal son."

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So what if the parents actually want to do what's best for their child? Is their consent not valid? Why don't you ask parents of trans kids who consent to care what they think? No one is forcing them to sign anything.

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> So what if the parents actually want to do what's best for their child?

Then they wouldn't be castrating and mutilating him,

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Speak up!!

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I've tried contacting the grandma, my aunt, but she basically said to stay out of it.

I've been told that speaking up directly would simply alienate me from the family and I would be ignored. It seems like the family has completely swallowed the media messaging on this.

If you google search on "social contagion trans" you'll get a ton of articles (like in Scientific American) that debunk the notion of ROGD, which stands for "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria". It's ROGD that describes the social contagion epidemic. Companies like Alphabet seem to be promoting this narrative very actively, which makes it almost impossible to penetrate the realm of rational, objective thinking on this subject.

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check out the article rethink shared up above..

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Get her in touch with a public health nurse that doesn't support affirming.

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You can ask your cousin’s daughter to read this article https://www.thefp.com/p/gender-affirming-care-dangerous-finland-doctor

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Thanks Rethink. Good piece.

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How much do you care? Do you really, really, really, really care? Then you need to be on the inside. You absolutely cannot seem like a "men should be men" traditionalist. That is what you will be tarred as, if at all possible - so you must make it impossible.

Either you or your chosen advocate must be "post-gender." This is the only thing that trumps genderism from a progressive direction. Transgenderism appeals to young people because it promises freedom from societal strictures - you must demonstrate that this is not true, and that it is rather the abandonment of normative genderism that is freeing.

Now I don't know if you would be willing to dress in drag personally to make these arguments - but that is what you would do, in an ideal case. "Look, here I am - today I felt like dressing the way women usually dress. Does this mean I don't count as a man? Does this mean I'm so "unmanly" I should be castrated for my own good?" Shock is the order of the day - it is by shock they have been advancing. Without a shock from your side, things will likely creep along in the way you fear.

If you aren't willing to do that, then you need someone who can. You need someone who clearly exists outside "gender roles" and yet is not "transgender." You need to find lesbians, gay men, crossdressers and drag queens who *are not* transgender - who are happy in the healthy bodies they were born in - and you need to introduce these people to your cousin's daughter. They will be a more powerful counterargument than any "resources."

You could also look for women who have detransitioned - this might be difficult, but if you contact detransitioner support groups, you should be able to find a few willing to help, especially in a large city like NYC.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Where is this long thread of discussion going? Isn't the main challenge for us the defeat of the present Regime that is destroying our country and our freedoms? We need voices like Christopher Rufo's to be resounding through the halls of Congress, the wayward state legislatures, the universities and the media to counteract the brainwashing that has now captured the minds of multiple generations. This requires the ABILITY TO ARTICULATE THE ISSUES, which I wish Rufo would teach to the Conservatives who spend the most time in front of cameras. Until propaganda is replaced by truth in the culture and in the media, our country will continue its slide into oblivion. Everyone reading this thread has a job to do in that respect, so please get busy on what is important!

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It's a place for new ideas, debates, and discussions. Hoping that it will generate positive outcomes for readers and for me.

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We are an unruly dinner-table conversation which breaks into very serious library discussions late into the night over coffee and brandy. I have made a few friends here, and an working on a project with one. Fellowship is very important in this process - Philosophers, for instance, call ourselves "friends" as we look for the truth. We need community with truth. This forum gives us some, at-least.

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Nov 1, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I'm an attorney for a public interest law firm, the Upper Midwest Law Center. We and others like us bring cases to uphold individual rights and the rule of law, including against government imposition of CRT and its related ideologies on government employees and students. I agree with you that politics is downstream of culture, but I think the legal arena is an important driver of cultural norms. Other than representing individuals like you in amicus briefs and co-authoring law review articles not read by many outside the courts, how else can we work collaboratively to bring important cultural perspectives like yours into the legal arena?

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Agreed! The legal work is essential. Bringing the cases and changing the precedents is the best way forward. Also: work with state attorneys general to have them issue opinions and pursue legal action on CRT in schools, for example.

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In light of your recent discussion with Charles Haywood, what do you make of the claim that conservatives won’t be able to conserve anything as long they are operating within a western liberal framework? The premise of course being that western liberalism’s entire purpose is to advance liberalism, and thus any attempts to stop such “progress” is bound to inevitably fail in the long run.

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We all live in a "Western liberal framework"—this is, after all, the major innovation of the American Founders—so I'm very skeptical of anyone who believes they have the solution to transcending that framework. The result of such a program is more than likely to create chaos.

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If we want order and stability, then restoration is required.

If this were Austria, I would be a forthright advocate of Catholic monarchy and would regard liberalism as an illegitimate foreign import and an imposter régime (which correctly expresses my own disbelief in Liberalism as having universal value/meaning - it is a Hobbesian compromise). But, that is not the established custom or religion of the Americans - and a decent order comes first. Disorder begets disorder and evil. Catholics, like Jews and Hindus, must settle for influence and a share in self-government.

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Nov 2, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

A tradition of co-belligerency between various radical groups in America goes back to the early republic. We see this repeatedly in the early Jacobin clubs, various social reform movements (a sampling of which were mocked 200 years ago in Hum-Bugs of New York), utopian communities, Henry George's single tax movement, Edward Bellamy's Nationalists, and a huge Encyclopedia of Social Reform in the 1890s whose contributions reads like a directory of the reform-minded academic, intellectual, and ministerial elite of the day. So-called Nationalism and Christian Socialism was far more prevalent than Marxism and identity politics would become much later. The blending of various forms of socialism and neo-Malthusianism is evident in the encyclopedia. Nietzsche's influence would be increasingly be felt in the American Fabian movement after the turn of the century.

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Nov 2, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Last week I read your book, Americas' Cultural Revolution, while reading the news about the anti-Israel / anti-Jewish protests at supposedly top colleges and universities here in the USA. I could not tell where the news ended, and your book began as your book explains how we got here. On Friday October 5 colleges worried about safe spaces and correct pronouns and on Monday October 8 suddenly "free speech" (harassment of Jews / glorification of the attack (wasn't rape violence against women) / calls for the eradication of Israel) became the new rule.

To what extent do you think these anti-Israel protests and harassment of Jewish students will turn the public against the woke higher education industrial complex?

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I think it’s already shifting opinion in the right direction.

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I live in a blue state, blue county, blue city. I can’t leave (try selling a house with 9% interest rates). For all your impact in FL and elsewhere, things only get worse in places like this - every place, every forum, every job is DEI/decolonize/equity infected. Run by the maoists. Everywhere. Why isn’t there any conservative effort (for example, via the initiative process in west coast states) to take this on in a real way? Everyday is hell here.

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At some point, you'll need to sell your house, even if it's a bit less than the peak a few years ago. If you bought it at least three years ago, you should still turn a profit. Then move to a red area in your blue state or a red state elsewhere. I am not optimistic about blue city culture in the short to medium term. If you absolutely can't, try to find at least a small group of like-minded people, then meet with them for regular dinners and events. That's the best way to make sure you do not go crazy.

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Community. Culture starts and ends there.

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Move. I moved from CA to FL. And I had deep roots in CA. Wasn't easy. Required a lot of planning. Just make the decision. Once you do, everything will follow. 🙏

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Unless you are in a blue city.

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I likewise live in a blue city in a blue county in a blue state, but there is literally one pride flag I've seen in a five mile radius and I've never once heard pronouns given.

My secret? I live around immigrants. Hispanic, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern. It's a balm to the soul. Diversity of background, viewpoint & religion - unlike the white suburbs of my youth, which are now utterly choked in monolithic racialism.

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Nov 3, 2023·edited Nov 3, 2023

Makes complete sense. Immigrants are focused on advancement and generally have no time for radical politics. Jared Kushner, when talking about the Abraham Accords, mentioned a universal truth shared among all (mentally healthy) people. "Fundamentally, all people want to better their lives." This could not be more true for most immigrants. A balm to the soul, no doubt!

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This is an important question. I would love to hear Mr. Rufo’s ideas about a resistance within an ideologically captured organization, city, county, state. We can’t abandon the cities to harmful ideologies and we can’t abandon whole states either (such as NY, CA & MN for instance).

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Hi Christopher, I am one of hundreds, if not thousands, of parents that have seen our beautiful children destroyed by the Trans Cult. We wait in the darkness for fear of losing what connection we do have with these confused and hurting children. Would you be willing to tell our side of the story?

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I see a lot of news coverage regarding the rise of antisemitism in our country,, particularly on college campuses. But there is very little coverage of what is the root cause of this explosion of Jew hatred? It feels clear to me that it is directly related to race based ideology being taught to our children. Why is no one holding those teaching these divisive ideologies accountable? This feels like the time to convey the deadly consequences of this poorly thought out doctrine. If our young people think it’s justifiable to go house to house murdering civilians in Israel because they are the oppressors/colonizers, will they also cheer when innocents are slaughtered here because they fall into these categories? This is insanity and stupidity, which needs to stop.

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Yes, it's critical race theory, but with the added poison of antisemitism.

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It's easy to conflate hatred of Jews with opposition to Israel's foreign policy and its pursuit of a scorched-earth policy against Hamas.

Dumb little over-privileged college students are following the lead of their post-colonial studies professors. You can't tell them anything they no longer want to hear. It might take one of them being held hostage by Hamas or having his legs blown off or something to consider the Israeli point of view.

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Sadly BH, even being taken hostage would not help. I saw it with a left wing Persian lefty I knew who was taken hostage in Iran for six months. I saw it with my sister who is a lefty who went to Czechoslovakia only to be there when the Soviets invaded. Lefties do not have the mental courage nor mental capacity to change. As Elon Musk says, "You need to wait a generation."

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Yes. Religious fanatics must suffer grievously to have hope of coming to reason. It is our job as fellow-citizens - our duty, I would say - to inflict this suffering. When they are forced to find work from within the ranks of the working-classes and must "face" true harsh reality without being fed cream skimmed from our hard work, the process of healing can begin. "Captains Courageous" is not my favorite novel, but it does cover this exact theme.

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Have you looked into helping injured parties sue BLM or any of the schools that instructed, conspired or aided and abetted in the crimes of their student activists and radical revolutionaries, as laid out in your book?

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What percentage of American Conservatives are properly trained for the rhetorical and literal battles they face?

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Just me, and I'm not even a conservative. The rest of these goombas don't even know Latin

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Not necessarily if forward isn’t accurately progres