Please don’t post Tucker Carlson links in a way where, if I don’t reply, a reader could get the impression that he’s part of my tribe/ingroup or is one of the people I think is reasonable to follow. I don’t have a tribe/ingroup, and if I did I wouldn’t want Carlson in it; I think actively watching and promoting him says something bad about you.
I think it’s particularly important that I say this because I did like and share some Carlson videos over a year ago when his writing staff was different.
Also you may not get what I mean about how you present him in replies to me, and how that’s misleading, so think about it this way: You talk about him in a different way than you would link a video from Oliver Darcy or Hillary Clinton (Darcy is the superior example because he’s less famous – it’d be harder to confuse anyone into thinking I like Clinton. Darcy, for those who don’t know, is the guy who wrote the hit piece about Carlson’s writer.). You aren’t sharing Carlson videos like he’s a bad guy, or like I think he’s a bad guy and you disagree. Your phrasing and social dynamics implications are significantly different than that, and you did it twice in a row with Carlson today – for some reason doing it again after I pushed back the first time and you didn’t respond to that but then promoted Tucker again, in reply to me like it was a friendly collaborative reply (rather than a debate-type reply).
My advice (for everyone here, including @Alisa ) is to stop following/watching/reading any non-Objectivist, non-classical-liberal living right winger who doesn’t have some significant connection to the left, like being a convert from the left, having a major point of agreement with the left, or working for a boss like that. Some people seem to prefer fully right wing people (like Carlson or Coulter) over e.g. David Horowitz or Tim Pool, who they don’t attack or reject but do pay less attention to and link less without explaining their preference. I think those tastes are wrong and it’s due to a dangerous tribalist bias.
I have the same general opinion about following leftists (do not follow if no major connection to or agreement with the right), but I think some people here only follow right wingers, which is itself questionable. Also I think people should follow less politics but my general impression is that people neither listen to me nor debate me about that. I did get people to post less politics here by discouraging it.
On a related note, guys, stop using Twitter for politics or debate. All politics, or debate about any subject, on Twitter, is awful.
The mixed-people-only guidelines are for content which is primarily political, not content where politics just gets mentioned a little bit on the side. For other stuff, you should not be choosing by political position, so you should be watching a mix.
Tim Pool’s videos on the Milley issue – and in general – are better. He explains the issues better and he’s a more reasonable person than Carlson. Carlson’s video doesn’t add value. It’s actually a bad video. What Carlson primarily adds is a right-wing-tribe posturing/perspective. BTW, Pool gets accused of being a full right wing tribalist, and he does have a lot of right wing opinions about current political issues, and he did support Trump, but he comes from the left and I think he isn’t right wing in the same way as someone like Carlson or Coulter and that’s actually noticeable enough to be why some people like him less.
I think I massively misread the extent to which you intended to push back. I took it as more mild than it was intended, and looking back at it again, you did write it strongly, so idk, maybe it was like conflict-avoidance-textual-interpretation or something.
It definitely hadn’t sunk in for me before this post that you thought Tucker was so bad that people shouldn’t watch him at all and if you like him then that means you’re also bad in some way.
I recall, many years ago, hating Coulter and thinking she was evil, based on like, a few out of context quotes. I was convinced otherwise and grew to like her based on her books/columns. She’s very direct and doesn’t try to hide what her beliefs are or beat around the bush, and that’s something I appreciate. IMHO David Horowitz has that same character trait, and I’ve read and liked lots of his stuff as well. Tucker is less of a thinker (and I think he’s said stuff along the lines of, he’s not some intellectual), though I like some of his videos (obviously! or else we wouldn’t be having present discussion). Tim Pool…idk, I think part of what I don’t like about Tim Pool is based on a negative impression about him (that might be totally wrong). He seems pretty right-wing in his current opinions, views, stuff he pays attention to, but then he tries to portray himself as like, he’s not certain, he doesn’t have all the answers, he’s trying to be neutral. So maybe I see that as like, kinda the opposite of the thing I like in Coulter and Horowitz - like there’s something that strikes me about Pool as maybe a bit phony re: neutrality? IDK that that impression of Pool is accurate, and don’t really know his history, and haven’t watched him a ton, and so it might be a totally unfair and wrong impression, but I think that’s part of the issue re: paying less attention to him.
I don’t think the issue has much to do with what I do or don’t say (as you said after rereading, my first comments on Carlson today were strongly negative). I’d said negative things about Carlson before (example). But it’s a struggle even to get people to listen about Fuentes:
Look how how much effort that takes and how little the anon was listening or taking initiative to do things like click and read the links I found for them. They were really resistant to my criticism, and the facts of reality (my criticism there was really nothing special or original – the problem is just who he is not some insight of mine), even in such an extreme case as Fuentes. Another example of stuff taking way too much effort is I make this thread of Pool videos, link a bunch, and people just ignore or dismiss him with no arguments – and not because they are avoiding politics.
Someone (I think I know who but don’t want to violate their privacy) even linked Daily Stormer in curi comments and then ignored my pushback. I pushed back on various right wing things in curi comments before even making this forum. And I recall having a discussion – on FI list? – where I tried to get y’all to stop reading or engaging with any right wing or political Twitter.
One of the issues is that people use politics to avoid philosophy. I never did that. I always liked philosophy more. But I’ve figured out other people like politics more and it helps keep them busy and avoiding philosophy. So that’s really bad. I’ve noticed this more as I’ve been paying more attention to people not actually doing anything reasonable/serious to learn philosophy, and what they do instead.
Another issue is stuff is wrong. People seem to want to join a tribe and be super biased and agree with the whole package deal. Lots of stuff caters to that, and it’s really bad, both due to the errors themselves and also due to the irrationality of that approach.
This is a big part of why I don’t have a big community. I can’t just be allies with people. I see flaws even in people I mostly like. I don’t just ignore flaws or blind myself to them. It ends up alienating people when I pushback on them. Examples include Alex Epstein and like every Rand or Popper forum on the internet. I don’t really understand how other people can have a more tribalist, biased, unobjective mindset, and just want to join a group and fit in, but they do. Politics (and religion) specifically is designed and highly adapted to bring out some of the worst in people in that regard.