Why the Left is focused on Climate & Vaccines even Beyond Legitimate Interest in Climate & Vaccines.

Let me say first why I hang out with libertarians despite being anti-libertarian. I enjoy liberty. I like personal freedom and think of personal responsibility as a core virtue.
It feels to me like conservatives and libertarians are all we have defending individuals from collective force. So I enjoy their commitment to one of my core beliefs: radical individualism and liberty.

Ok. So why be anti-libertarian? Because collective action is always an issue.
In my experience, libertarians pretend that the interaction terms linking the effects of our behaviors on each other are weak. This is crazy making.

OTOH, Lefties tend to exaggerate the interaction terms as being enormous making everything they don’t like into a communal issue.
So with climate and vaccines, the case for collective action is *strongest*. “If you don’t want to pollute, you go right ahead while I belch spent fossil fuels. To each his own!” Is an obviously nonsensical argument for freedom to pollute according to individual choice and taste.
So we are seeing climate & vaccines doing the job of clearing a path to authoritarian communalism:

Passports
ToS/Trust&Safety
Deplatforming
Access To Banking

And I’m chilled. There *IS* a strong case to be made for carbon & vaccines. There isn’t for office Woke indoctrination.
So I follow the following:

I tell Libertarians/Conservatives that we’re more connected than they might want to acknowledge.

I tell Communalists that they generally exaggerate our connectedness outside of a few places in order to push for *general* mechanisms of social control.
Is this fun?

No. It kinda sucks. But climate and public health, like defense or national culture needed to support a shared legal system say are *legitimate* issues of collective action. *Not* pretending woke contradictions are fine is *also* a matter of collective action.
That said, we have to give each other wide room for personal liberty whether we like what our neighbors like or not.

The reason this doesn’t go away is that communal action is both an essential tool for survival of free peoples as well as devilish temptation leading to tyranny.
So what am I? I believe in libertarianism most of the time & strong collective action sparingly when it matters.

This is not a good bumper sticker; it’s a bad slogan. But it’s why we are not progressing. Our positions require taste not absolutes, and this moment is not for that.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh
 

Keep Current with Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

PDF

Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @EricRWeinstein

7 Apr
In strong GU:

SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) (Standard Model)

Is contained in U(3)xU(2) inside

Spin(6)xSpin(4)
=SU(4)xSU(2)xSU(2)

(Before the more difficult non compact Spin(6,4).)

I’d look first to the extra 1D reductive U(1) if the experiments hold up. Then to Spin(6) x Spin(4): Image
As far as Fermion quantum number predictions that could open up new channels, Strong GU makes clear predictions. Explicitly, here would be the next Spin-1/2 particles internal symmetries we should find: Image
Additionally, Strong GU predicts that there will be 16 Spin-3/2 particles with Standard model symmetries conjugate to the Spin-1/2 generations and gives their ‘internal’ quantum numbers as: Image
Read 8 tweets
31 Mar
I think folks get confused that Jeffrey Epstein was valued for providing sex to his circle.

I don’t think that’s right. Many in his circle had access to sex.

You have to take a next step to see it.

The thing Epstein offered that his friends just couldn’t get...was silence.
Think I’m wrong? Then where are any competent probing articles on this story in national news media.

Every one of us who talks about this story knows fear. I do. All the time. Fear is the product. Sex silenced by terror.

Are you a reporter? Then why haven’t you filed the story?
Ask for the hedge fund filings. Ask on the whereabouts of the contents of his Villard House office. Then try to get some rest.

Not so easy as it sounded right?

No, Epstein provided a blackout curtain of silence woven from implied terror. And you need state cooperation for that.
Read 4 tweets
28 Mar
“My phone is in there.”

This is how I see internet culture & our degraded current version of life as a game.

Jan 6th felt the same: “You don’t get memes bro: a Viking is epic!”

All becomes LARPing. A man lies lifeless beside his own hijacked car: “My phone...”

On what planet?
Increasingly, nothing feels real or momentous. A man lies dead or soon to be dead and it literally has no impact on the person responsible.

“When everything feels like the movies...” was always a good line. It got a huge boost from the smartphone.

Nothing is worth this.
I’m sure somewhere in Brooklyn some writer at what used to be a newspaper is thinking: “Oh man, I have an epic white supremacy angle on this story that no one will see coming. This is the #1619project story only I could do.” I just want to know who this man was. What was he like.
Read 4 tweets
25 Mar
How can a political Left be:

Pro-billionaire and anti-worker?

Pro-empathy w ‘fragility’ accusations as its response to pain that cashes out in sky high differential suicide rates.

Pro-Science by not permitting questioning of public health/climate?

Pro inclusion, anti white.
Anti-McCarthyist, Pro-Cancelation blacklisting.

Pro-Diversity w zero-tolerance for viewpoint diversity.

Have a Magazine called Mother Jones and spit ‘Deplorables’ on those coal/steel families for whom Mother Jones fought.

Want “No more police” protecting. our most vulnerable.
Let’s be honest at least: This isn’t the Left. This is a hostile takeover of everything the principled thinking compassionate Left has ever stood for. Period.

And to my conservative friends, thanks for the invites. But I’d rather you help get our home invasion under control.
Read 7 tweets
24 Mar
Blues songs never come up in conversation in my life the way pop/jazz standards do. In 40 years of avid listening, no one I know has ever mentioned “The Sky is Crying”, “Dust my broom”, “Smokestack Lightning”, “I’ll play the blues for you.” It’s a purely personal interest to me.
Occasionally someone mentions “The Thrill is gone” but never “Sweet little Angel”. Or they’ll mention a song that they heard from Eric Clapton, the Doors, the Stones etc.

But I haven’t had a “blues friend” who deeply cares about this since Ed Tuttle in high school. Seems so odd.
Just curious if anyone out there has such an interest in the blues but finds it has ZERO social currency or resonance in their life.

This occurred to me when I was trying to formulate how both perfectly similar and opposite BB and Albert King are to me at exactly the same time.
Read 4 tweets
22 Mar
The intellectual & rhetorical requirements for standing up for western civilization are different for different groups. The less concerned you are about historical abominations, the easier it becomes.

So while the case doesn’t hinge on abominations, they drive smart folks away.
Folks who don’t want to deal w being portrayed as standing up for the Tuskegee medical experiment or Leopold II now walk away from the enlightenment, abolition & civil rights into waiting arms of Woke. So those who care less about all that come to dominate defense of the west.
This is an illusion to a certain extent. It’s just radically easier to defend a group whose burden you are not fully shouldering.

That is why I believe progressives fighting woke and standing up for the west are rare. But also essential. It’s just harder by orders of magnitude.
Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!