The Intellectual Dark Web

In this documentary by David Fuller, we see a discussion of the “intellectual dark web”, a phrase coined to describe people like Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan, Bret Weinstein, James Damore and others who are not running the standard liberal script and have been widely vilified for it. The reality that liberals these days are not doing much in the way of thinking for themselves came to the world’s attention in a dramatic way when Jordan Peterson debated Kathy Newman on Channel 4 about the ‘gender wage gap’, and she tried to so hard to force him into a position that conformed to her worldview that she ended up looking stupid.

Fuller, a former Channel 4 journalist, says in her defence that she does a lot of interviews every month and is working with a TV infrastructure that’s based on the soundbyte rather than the conversation. The research she did for the interview would have been fairly cursory, and she could have easily got a mistaken impression of Peterson because his opposition to the the liberal/left wing viewpoints that dominate the media has made him some strange bedfellows on the right.

That doesn’t excuse her ideological blinkeredness entirely, but it does dramatically show how, as Peterson says, YouTube might end up killing TV. People are hungry for real-talk and real thinking, and Joe Rogan and Dave Rubin et al. are giving it to them. A Joe Rogan podcast runs for three hours, and contains a real in-depth conversation, not a stage-managed one that’s edited for soundbytes.

The left’s response to their chastening in the Kathy Newman interview has shown once again the fraudulence of their stated values of tolerance and diversity. They didn’t pause and say, “maybe there’s a different perspective here that we need to consider.” They tried to change the story to one about their victimhood at the hands of rightist bullies, by inflating the seriousness of a few hostile comments Kathy Newman received on twitter after the interview, even though Peterson had been the recipient of far more hostile attention from their own ranks.

The intellectual dark web is dominated by white males, as is the field of outsider intellectuals that I’ve been archiving in this blog, and the reasons for that are only partially clear to me. European intellectual culture has historically been their culture and it’s under attack these days. I’m sure there are more people than I know who belong in this category who are from different demographics, but I just haven’t come across them in my unsystematic wandering through the web. When I do I’ll post them.

John Waters

“John Waters (born 28 May 1955) is a former Irish journalist whose career began in 1981 with the Irish political-music magazine Hot Press. He went on to write for the Sunday Tribune and later edited In Dublin magazine and Magill. Waters has written several books and, in 1998, he devised The Whoseday Book — which contains quotes, writings and pictures of 365 Irish writers and musicians – that raised some €3 million for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

He wrote a weekly Friday column for The Irish Times. He was briefly fired during a dispute with the then editor, Geraldine Kennedy, but was shortly thereafter reinstated. In March 2014, Waters left the Irish Times, and shortly after started writing columns for the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent.

Waters has referred to himself as a “neo-Luddite” or later as a “luddite”. At one stage he refused to use e-mail and stated his concern that society ignores the negative aspects of the Internet.

In his articles titled Impose democracy on Iraq and Bush and Blair doing right thing, Waters explained his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a position based on his belief that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the West due to its possession of weapons of mass destruction.

He wrote an article titled Two sides to domestic violence, which criticised the lack of gender balance in Amnesty International’s campaign against domestic violence in Ireland. Waters cited the National Crime Council report, conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute, which found approximate gender symmetry in most measures of domestic violence and he pointed out that despite these statistics, funding for women victims of domestic violence (€15 million) disproportionately outstrips funding for male victims. Waters’ article led to a response from the head of Amnesty International’s Irish branch.

Waters also devoted much of his column space in The Irish Times to discussing the role and importance of religion and faith in society. In an interview, he has described people of faith as “funnier, sharper and smarter” than atheists. In a 2009 article titled “Another no to Lisbon might shock FF back to its senses” Waters voiced his opposition to gay marriage stating that it was “potentially destructive of the very fabric of Irish society”.

He is an active participant in the Catholic cultural movement Communion and Liberation. He has given at least one talk to the Iona Institute.

He was a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland until he resigned in January 2014, during time that he was a litigant seeking damages from the broadcaster RTÉ.

In 2015, he became involved with First Families First in calling for a ‘No’ vote in the referendum for the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.

aters has written a number of works of non-fiction as well as plays for radio and the stage. The title of his first non-fiction book, Jiving at the Crossroads, is a pun of Irish president Éamon de Valera’s vision of a rural Ireland including “comely maidens dancing at the crossroads”. In the book, Waters comments on modern Ireland. Another non-fiction work, Lapsed Agnostic, describes his “journey from belief to un-belief and back again.”” (Wikipedia)