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Pursuing the light of objective truth in subjective darkness.

    Gnosticism in the Modern West

    Gnosticism in the Modern West

    The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 108

    Marxism is not a philosophy. Neither are its derivatives, like "Wokeness" (Woke Marxism). These are a strain within a broader category of cult religious movements that pose as economics, sociology, and politics. The broad name for these Esoteric cult religions is "Gnosticism," but that's a confusing label for a number of reasons. The first of these reasons is that "gnosticism" as a term, either as a descriptive or proper noun, means several things at once, which requires clarification. Another is that as economic, social, and political movements, they don't look at all like the pre-modern spiritualist and mystical movements that go by those names. In this groundbreaking episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay clarifies the term "gnosticism" and unmasks what amounts to a huge "New Age" movement in the Middle Ages as the source of a thread of Gnostic cult belief that has shaped every facet of the West for at least the last three hundred years. He also explains how the shift from the Middle Ages to the Modern period included a shift in the Gnostic project, out of overt spiritualism and into exactly those society-building realms of economics, sociology, and politics. Join him to gain a completely new understanding of these dangerous movements and how they're relevant to our lives today.

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    • 2 hrs 23 min
    Action, Reaction, and Beautiful Trouble

    Action, Reaction, and Beautiful Trouble

    New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 35

    What if I told you the Woke have a manual for their direct action and you could read it online for free today and learn how to spot their operations and call them out in real time? Well, they do. It's called Beautiful Trouble (https://beautifultrouble.org), and you need to know about it. It's the twenty-first century update to Rules for Radicals (Saul Alinksy), as they shamelessly report for themselves, and fighting the Woke when they engage in direct action (a Marxist tactical term, by the way) is almost impossible without understanding these tactics. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay introduces Beautiful Trouble by sharing one of its "principles": "The real action is your target's reaction" (https://beautifultrouble.org/toolbox/tool/the-real-action-is-your-targets-reaction/ ). Join him to learn about this so we can all stop falling for Woke tricks.

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    • 14 min
    Narrative Arc Fitting

    Narrative Arc Fitting

    New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 34

    A common operational tactic of Woke Marxists is to weave a long narrative arc about what's happening in society through media and education and then to give "proof of worldview" by plugging useful events into that mythology to spur mass line activism and direct action. That is, they fit events into narrative arcs that have been strategically laid ahead of time. If you can spot the narrative arcs and how they work, not only can you refute them, you can also predict what kinds of events would count as "worldview proof" and interrupt their success. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay breaks down the strategy and gives some useful advice for spotting and desynchronizing narrative arc fitting operations. Join him to learn to beat this tactic.

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    • 13 min
    (Theoretical) Lensing

    (Theoretical) Lensing

    New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 33

    Woke works through reframing, and much of the reframing occurs by passing every bit of relevant information through what they refer to as "theoretical lenses." These "lenses" might include Theories like Critical Race Theory or Queer Theory, agendas like Sustainability, or focuses like diversity, equity, and inclusion. This lensing effect distorts perception and comprehension and enables Woke manipulation, like seeing the world in a fun-house mirror. Understanding that all information that has been passed through Woke sources has been "lensed" is crucial to understanding it accurately and engaging it in a smart way. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay breaks down the approach so you can correct for the Woke lensing effect. Join him to see things more clearly.

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    • 12 min
    A Homily to Young Men

    A Homily to Young Men

    New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 32

    Young men have had it rough for a decade or more now. How are young men and adolescents growing to become them supposed to navigate the world they find themselves in today? Honestly, the basic advice hasn't changed. Take responsibility, get to work, learn to be a strong, powerful protector and work to serve. In this longer-than-usual episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay offers a homily to young men in the world today and talks about the importance of building and investing in themselves, their lives, and their families. Join him to hear his advice.

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    • 28 min
    The Dialectic of Social-Emotional Learning

    The Dialectic of Social-Emotional Learning

    The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 107

    Nothing Woke stays the same. The revolution must be perpetual, and the advances of yesterday are the new right wing of today. This is true even in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), which has now already developed through several different iterations and implementation styles to arrive at CASEL's "systemic" implementation of "Transformative Social-Emotional Learning," which is explicitly Freirean and Marxist. Even though it only emerged in 2019, by the next year, radicals in education were already writing "radical reports" (a "radport") about how it doesn't go nearly far enough and is "white supremacy with a hug." Instead, they recommended something far, far more explicitly Communist called "Culturally Affirming SEL." In 2021, they had already begun petitioning Biden's Department of Education to incorporate Culturally Affirming SEL and its "SEL demands," adapted explicitly from the Black Panther Party, into US education as soon as possible. As you'll hear, it doesn't even mention academic competency at all! In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay goes through the incredibly well-funded initiative to transform Social-Emotional Learning even further into the Communist by reading through the majority of this "radport" (https://newdiscourses.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Reclaim-Social-Emotional-Learning-Radport-Single-Page.pdf) from the Communities for Just Schools Fund. Join him to hear how it works.

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    • 3 hrs 13 min

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