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I can answer this question in a few ways. One is by pointing out that SJWs approach social justice through what we called "applied postmodernism," aka grievance studies. A second is that they exhibit strong traits of authoritarianism in their approach. 1/
I'll bracket any discussion of applied postmodernism for now because it's the overwhelming majority of what I tweet about. It's a bad way to get to real social justice, however, and I direct the reader to my essay with @HPluckrose on the matter. 2/
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Authoritarianism is something I was studying--from a psychological perspective--before I got embroiled in the whistleblowing effort now called the "Grievance Studies Affair." It has a number of traits, and it shouldn't be regarded as relevant on any one side of politics. 3/
To oversimplify, as there is good work that deepens this that either has been done or is being done, authoritarianism tends to present with three primary traits: authoritarian aggression, authoritarian submission, and authoritarian conventionalism. SJWs exhibit these. 4/
Authoritarian aggression is an attitude that one can and a willingness to use aggressive behaviors, including violence, doxxing, "canceling," dogpiling, bullying, etc., to create conditions that coerce people into accepting one's views or to silence their dissent. 5/
Authoritarian aggression in SJWs is probably their defining trait, so it requires almost no work to point out the ways that this attitude is perpetrated. Much of gender, race, etc., theory works diligently to *justify* this use of authoritarian aggression by SJWs. 6/
Authoritarian submission is the willingness to submit oneself and ones views to those held by authorities who are deemed to be legitimate from within the ideology at play. It is often coupled with authoritarian aggression to extend that will to submission outside the in-group. 7/
SJWs exhibit authoritarian submission in a somewhat peculiar way because the authorities theoretically deemed legitimate are victims and members of groups theoretically deemed to be marginalized or oppressed. This is an atypical presentation of this trait, usu. it's strongmen. 8/
For example, consider the critical race and education thought leader Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility). She is considered authoritative, obviously, but if even a single black woman spoke up and said her views are offensive, DiAngelo would submit to her authority. 9/
Caveat: DiAngelo would only submit to a challenge from a member of a marginalized group who is deemed theoretically legitimate, which means that person must speak to lived experience as interpreted *within theory* (otherwise, she'd be a "coconut," to be ignored). 10/
Conventionalism is the belief that one's social worldview (normative morals) should be conventional to everyone. It is the anti-secular belief that one's in-group morals should apply to everyone. This is obviously a trait of SJWs. They devote most of their energy to this. 11/
So, I'd conclude that the difference between a Social Justice Warrior and someone who believes in social justice is a combination of using an applied postmodern approach to identity politicking and exhibiting clear authoritarian traits with regard to that set of beliefs. /end
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