1. One of the more depressing aspects of the contemporary intellectual culture is this demand from media flunkies that people have to "denounce" or "condemn" certain subjects, ideas, or people. It's a fundamentalist impulse that seeks to elevate the questioner...
2. ...to the status of judge and jury. Never allow yourself to be dictated to by these people. You are not required to condemn, criticize, or denounce anyone to pass someone else's rigged political litmus test. Do not fall into this trap.
3. You are only required to state what you yourself believe, or what you think. You are not required to dance, like some organ-grinder monkey, to the tune of some journalist Inquisitor. They have zero moral authority, and need to be told as much.
4. The true scholar believes in freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the freedom to be left alone to do his work in peace.

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8 Oct
1. It's a great thread, and if we were in a rational, setting, it would be the end of the discussion.
The problem is that it overlooks the decisive point: we are dealing with aroused human emotions, and with information warfare. Rationality is nearly irrelevant.
2. The past seven months proved that, despite all the talk about "fourth gen warfare," and similar mantras, the US leadership was unable to (1) grasp the nature of the informational conflict that had engulfed it; and (2) craft an effective counter-response to media hysterics.
3. Not a single military academic or pundit has discussed this issue, as far as I can tell. The fact remains that social media and mainstream media were able to set the tempo and the agenda, and the President and his team were left reeling as they absorbed one punch after punch
Read 5 tweets
3 Oct
1. To borrow a line from Maggie Thatcher, "Don't go wobbly on us now, Alex."
Of course the media will try to stoke hysteria.
Look, everyone in the White House is tested every day. What does it say about the utility of tests, about our ability to control the virus, if...
2. ...even the WH can't control it? It says everything. Masks can't control it. Tests do nothing. It proves all your points. So steel your nerves. This is an endurance exercise.
Nate Silver is a professional Nervous Ninny, pay him no mind.
3. The best thing that happened to Reagan's presidency was to be confined to a hospital bed after his assassination attempt. The images of him laughing and joking with people presented a side of him to the public no one had seen: the human side. Call it the "Gipper" factor.
Read 4 tweets
29 Sep
1. This is what the media counter-offensive should have looked like. It is still not too late, by the way.

Set up a a dedicated media center, staffed by professional familiar with internet and television media. People should be chosen for their aggressiveness.
2. All key issues of corona (lockdowns, schools, transmission, historical examples (Sweden, Sunbelt, Florida, New York, etc) should be distilled into 30 minute infomercials, Ross Perot style. An experienced expert needs to present them, which should then be disseminated.
3. Fear-mongers like CNN, Wash. Post, NY Times, NPR, Atlantic, etc., need to be monitored constantly. Every time a panic-mongering story appeared, it should have been rebutted and crushed with facts. These takedowns needed to be widely disseminated.
Read 5 tweets
25 Sep
1. I've talked about this before: professional academic scientists may be great in laboratory settings, where they can bring their skill sets to bear.

But proficiency in this setting does not translate to real-world leadership and public policy.
2. The skills are unrelated. Academic scientists often see the world as a Petri dish for their experimentation and cold analysis. They are often unaware of how the downstream consequences of their suggestions or policies.
3. They don't deal with people, are often socially maladjusted, and have a stunning myopia when it comes to understanding the effects of their recommendations. The solution? Keep these people out of public policy and out of leadership positions.
Read 4 tweets
22 Sep
1. Suggestion: when trying to "read" the poetic epics for the first time (e.g., Virgil, Homer, Milton's "Paradise Lost," etc.), don't read them, listen to them on audio book FIRST.
Poetry was originally intended to be sung or recited. You will process it more easily.
2. Don't worry if you don't understand everything! Just listen to the words, and SAVOR THEM. Roll around in them, bask in them. Take in the metaphors, the allusions, the brilliant turns of phrase. Do not over-intellectualize these works!
3. The biggest mistake most people make is this: they get frustrated and angry when they can't follow everything. WHO CARES! Just soak in the words. Imagine you are a WWI stormtrooper: bypass the strong points for later, penetrate the easy points.
Read 6 tweets
16 Sep
1. Thread. I've been talking about the "information warfare" dimension of this covid insanity since March, and now it's getting some traction. The time for a massive counter-offensive has come, to expose the lies. And it needs to take place across a wide spectrum of nodes:
2. To lay out the big picture and shape the terrain, Ross Perot-style infomercials explaining every detail of how covid played out in the REAL WORLD, not as an abstract modeling thought exercise. A competent, well-spoken person needs to do this.
3. New York, Florida, the Sun Belt states, Texas, all need to be explained using charts, graphs and cogent dialogue. The great work done by @AlexBerenson , @boriquagato , and a few others must be distilled and amplified. Thirty minute spots, in several installments, would work
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