We have received some very important, albeit stern, advice:
If right-wing philosophers want to be taken seriously, this blog is not the way to do it! But if they simply want to have their own cyber-circle of self-congratulation plus unabashed sexism and racism, then they’re doing a great job!
This is extremely helpful. Apparently, if we just stop with the “insane bigotry”, “unabashed sexism and racism”, and “right-wing Christian prejudices”, we’ll have at least a chance of being “taken seriously” by the left. I had no idea. I hadn’t realized that all we have to do is stop saying things we think are morally true or empirically plausible – i.e., the things that conflict with the left’s views – and, in return, we might be “taken seriously” by them.
We must do this immediately. Let’s drop all the claims that bother the left and accept their premises. Let’s argue within their framework and rules. We can politely ask to futilely express a slight objection from time to time. Perhaps someone on the left will agree to screen our posts in advance for any offensive content. Whatever it requires, the most important thing is that we are “taken seriously” by the left. Our intellectual legitimacy depends upon it. Without their stamp of approval, we are nothing. The profound sensibility and good judgment of the left is clearly the standard by which we should measure ourselves. Right-wing philosophers will never get anywhere or do anything productive or interesting unless we are firmly ensconced within, and constrained by, the orthodox leftist views of the field.
Plus, as a matter of strategy, it’s clearly best to prioritize appeasement to one’s ideological enemies. How do you think the left took control of things in the first place? As everyone knows, they dialectically shackled themselves within right-wing theoretical frameworks and then convinced everyone by rational argument that they were correct! (For example, that’s obviously how radical feminism developed.)
Anyway, it sure is heartwarming to see that people out there in the leftist “cyber-circle of self-congratulation” are concerned about us and willing to generously offer good advice. I was worried that they might only try to discredit and shame us, and then offer us fake advice about being “taken seriously” even though they would never in a million years take us seriously. And I’m embarrassed to admit that, cynically, the thought even crossed my mind that we shouldn’t care in the slightest whether the deranged academic left takes us seriously or not.
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- Please Take Us Seriously - October 28, 2016
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- The Hypocrisy of Academic Philosophy - October 3, 2016
- Identity Politics: Sensible and Inescapable - September 20, 2016