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Helen Pluckrose: We need liberal social justice, not "critical social justice"


Helen Pluckrose
This is a contribution to Symposium No. 1, our invitation to explore and explain the basic principles of a liberal outlook.

Liberalism is a much misunderstood word. In the US, it can be used to mean "left." In the UK, it is often understood as "centrist," and in Australia, it can be taken to refer to the conservative party. However, liberalism is not a political position. It is a set of values that seeks to defend every person's freedom (individualism), tolerate and even appreciate difference (pluralism) and recognise and value our shared humanity and see in it a moral responsibility to ensure that the same rights, freedoms, and responsibilities belong to everybody (universalism.) Liberalism, therefore, can be at home on the left where it mixes with left-wing aims to distribute goods more evenly to enable everyone to reach their potential, or on the right where its concepts of freedom extend more into the realm of markets and overlap with libertarianism.

Liberals on the left and liberals on the right might therefore disagree with each other on economic issues. What they agree on however, are the centrality of the individual, the importance of freedom of belief and speech, the value of tolerating different ideas, and the need for a consistency of principles in which the same rules and freedoms apply to everyone.


Scores killed, over 100 houses razed in petrol tanker explosion in Benue, Nigeria

Over 100 houses have been razed, scores killed and many declared missing after a tanker conveying petroleum product exploded at Oshigbudu in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue state.

A source in the area told Vanguard that the tanker laden with petrol was travelling from Oweto and heading towards Otukpo when the driver lost control of the truck and it fell over spilling its content at the Oshigbudu/Obagaji junction.

According to him "the whole thing happened suddenly and when the truck fell, the petrol spilt into people's house and a nearby petrol station and there was a huge explosion. "Many houses are presently on fire and most of those living in those houses did not escape because of the manner the accident happened," he said.

Confirming the development, Vice Chairman of Agatu LGA, Mr, John Ikwulono said the accident occurred at about noon.

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'Insane' video of children being paraded and tipped at DRAG SHOW causes uproar

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© Twitter / @DistortedLinds
Footage from a drag show in Los Angeles is causing uproar on social media as it shows children posing for the crowd and being tipped cash.

"Why in the hell do these people got these f***ing little-bitty a** kids at this f***ing drag show," the unidentified person in the video says, before a couple of young girls are brought out onto the stage.

The person filming notes it is nearly midnight. An adult drag performer can be seen encouraging the kids to take cash tips from the audience, as they direct the children in poses and take them on a catwalk.

Comment: It seems there are those in the world who will use every opportunity available to them to sexualize children. It's at least heartening to see some people still see it for the sick and twisted perversion that it is.

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When it comes to woke tyranny, are the worms beginning to turn?

Grace Chruch School
For three days, I've had sitting on my virtual spindle a post that Bari Weiss, formerly of the New York Times, posted on her Substack page. It's entitled "I Refuse to Stand by while My Students Are Indoctrinated." The author isn't Weiss but is, instead, Paul Rossi, a math teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan (annual tuition: $57,330). On Friday, Weiss added another open letter, this from Andrew Gutmann, a parent who had just pulled his daughter out of Brearley, another expensive private school (annual tuition: $54,000). Both are horrifying exposés of and attacks against the woke culture saturating these institutions.

Both letters are long and don't yield easily to a brief summary. I'll quote a few select paragraphs from each, but you must read them to get the full flavor of the Maoist madness at these institutions.

Paul Rossi, the teacher, writes that Grace Church is focused on "'antiracism' training and pedagogy that I believe is deeply harmful to [my students] and to any person who seeks to nurture the virtues of curiosity, empathy and understanding."

Comment: Yes, the worm is turning. Level-headed individuals everywhere are beginning to call out this highly damaging brain-mushing nonsense:


Poll: More Texas voters say they'd back Matthew McConaughey over Gov. Greg Abbott for governor

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More Texas voters said in a new poll that they would back Matthew McConaughey over Gov. Greg Abbott (R) at the ballot box if the actor were to run for the state's leading office.

In new poll released by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler on Sunday, 45 percent of registered voters in the state said they would likely support the actor if he ran for governor.

By contrast, 33 percent of voters said they would still vote for Abbott, while slightly less than a quarter of respondents said they would vote for someone else.

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Newspaper uses 'breached' data to dox police who donated to innocent colleague targeted by BLM; Twitter promotes

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Twitter's featured story doxxes low-level police officers who donated small amounts to help colleagues who have garnered the ire of Black Lives Matter, using data breached from charity website GiveSendGo.

British news outlet The Guardian published an article Friday, based on information from a group that specializes in trafficking hacked materials, listing the names of low-level police employees who anonymously donated to funds supporting the due process rights of colleagues who have garnered the ire of Black Lives Matter.

Twitter then put it atop its "trending" section, which is manually curated by the site - after it silenced all references to an election-eve New York Post story that was damaging to the Joe Biden campaign, claiming it violated a policy that Twitter will not promote hacked materials. There is no evidence the Hunter Biden laptop featured in the story was hacked.

Comment: It seems clear that Twitter is OK with doxxing individuals of a conservative bent, while censoring doxxing info on progressives. It's rather unsurprising, but the audacity of their actions is truly something to behold.

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Reporters Dox, Harass Paramedic For Donating $10 To Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund

Using reports based off a data breach, ABC4 News took a camera crew to the home of a Utah paramedic who donated $10 last summer to a defense fund for teenager Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with two felony counts of homicide and one count of felony attempted homicide for allegedly killing two men and wounding a third during a riot in Kenosha last year. The teen is facing potential life in prison.

As highlighted by Daily Wire investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, The Guardian used data breached from charity website GiveSendGo to dox numerous low-level police officers and paramedics who made small donations to help colleagues targeted by Black Lives Matter.

ABC4 News published the paramedic's name and brought a camera crew to his home to question him about "his side of things." The paramedic did not come out of his home.

A report from the news station boasted of ABC4 News investigative reporter Jason Nguyen going to the man's home, noting "those inside the home didn't want to talk." A video of the encounter aired on the news station.
The line between reporting and activism is, more or less, non-existent at this point. It's clear that the Guardian has no issue endangering people's lives if their political affiliation falls on the wrong side of the line.


'Madness': Jane Austen museum to add displays on iconic writer's 'connection' to colonialism & slavery after BLM protests

Chawton Cottage museum Jane Austen
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Chawton Cottage, an independent museum of novelist Jane Austen.
A museum dedicated to Jane Austen in the English countryside is introducing displays on the writer's "colonial roots" and connection to the British Empire following Black Lives Matter protests.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire will feature displays showing the beloved writer's "links to slavery" through her Church of England clergyman father Rev George Austen, who was once "the trustee of an Antigua sugar plantation." Austen's love of tea will also be subject to "historical interrogation" over its links to colonialism, the Telegraph said.

It's not all bad news, however. Another proposed display will attempt to portray Austen in a positive light by declaring "Black Lives Matter to Jane Austen" - a reference to her support of abolitionism.


MyPillow counter-sues Dominion in response to defamation lawsuit

Mike Lindell
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Lindell speaks to pro-Trump protesters during the "Million MAGA March" in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2020.
MyPillow counter-sued Dominion Voting Systems for more than $1.6 billion on Monday, alleging that the voting machine company's defamation lawsuit against MyPillow and its pro-Trump CEO aims to suppress free speech and has caused "grave" reputational harm.

Lindell is one of many Trump allies to face a multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit for spreading false claims about the election, including that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Biden.
  • Pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, who is also facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion, has argued that "no reasonable person" would conclude that her accusations of Dominion's election-rigging scheme "were truly statements of fact."
  • Lindell, meanwhile, has not renounced his baseless claims, saying he looks forward to the discovery of evidence as part of Dominion's lawsuit.

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Judge in Chauvin trial says Maxine Waters' comments 'may result in this whole trial being overturned'

Judge Cahill
Closing arguments were heard today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is the former officer accused of killing George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 25 of last year.

In that closing, the attorneys for the defense brought up their concerns that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) had threatened the jury publicly when she made a series of comments calling on protesters to "stay on the street" and to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is found guilty of manslaughter alone.

Comment: More from Just the News:
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill expressed his disapproval on Monday regarding remarks made recently by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters about the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Waters, a California Democrat, showed up over the weekend and expressed her solidarity with protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on the seventh night of demonstrations since the death of Daunte Wright.

"We're looking for a guilty verdict," the congresswoman said regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin in connection with the death of George Floyd last year, but if there is not a guilty verdict, "we cannot go away," she said.

When someone asked Waters what protestors should do if that does not occur, the congresswoman said "I didn't hear you," but then when asked what protesters should do, Waters said: "Well, we gotta stay on the street. And we've got to get more active. We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."


"Get Out!" Landlord kicks Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer out of pub for supporting lockdowns

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Landlord Rod Humphris was seen grappling with a member of Sir Keir's team
The Labour leader was turfed out of The Raven after trying to enter during a campaigning walkabout in the city centre.

Landlord Rod Humphris was seen struggling with a bodyguard during the incident as he yelled: "That man is not allowed in my pub."

Sir Keir, wearing a black face mask, rushed out of the door a few seconds later and scarpered off down the street.

The incident was caught on camera by reporters following the Labour leader.

Comment: Sweden's response to the coronavirus reveals that lockdowns were absolutely not necessary and are instead more likely to cause many times more suffering and death than the virus ever could have. And it would appear that many more people are coming to that realisation: