Fear Of Retribution
Im going to be talking about lots of groups which are viewed as extremist. I hear similar claims from opposing sides about each other. The colloquial “SJW’s” hate “Anti-SJW’s” because they use extensive propaganda in the form of memes. They have unquestioning loyalty to a set of ideas, they reject information that’s critical of the ideology, etc. I hear the same arguments from Anti-SJW’s about SJW’s. There are common patterns running through these types of groups, and I’m going to detail them here.
This is just a way for you to recognize extreme thinking and behavior in yourself, whether or not you feel the criticisms I level toward specific groups are justified. This is not an indictment of any one group I name, or any single member within that group. It’s possible that you’re a member of one of the groups I list and you aren’t extreme. If that’s the case, great. Congratulations. You don’t have anything to think about here. Just sit back and enjoy the rest of this. If you come in here and get defensive about the things I’m saying, I suggest you take a critical look at your system of beliefs and behaviors and ask yourself why you feel this applies to you, and why it might be best to change it.
I’ve addressed these groups in the past and faced a lot of backlash for it. I’ve seen careers ended over addressing these groups. By talking about vegans, SJW’s, the Health at Every Size movement, and others, I risk ending my career, too. There’s probably an extremist out there who’s going to attack me after this, but my job is to cover cults and how they operate. I have to cover these subjects. I can’t avoid my area of study for fear it’ll upset somebody.
When I got into this line of work, I was primarily addressing Jehovahs witnesses, mormons, and scientologists. I faced minimal backlash for it, because their members are barred from listening to critical information. As I’ll explain in a minute, the cults I’m about to address aren’t barred from hearing critical information, and as such, are prepared to turn the full force of their vitriol toward me. That’s okay with me. At least I’ll go down knowing I was intellectually honest.Continue reading “The Extremism Gradient”