People who feel the need to reblog militant SJWs and point out the flaws in their reasoning and the unworkable nature of their values are the 2016 version of “skeptics” who spend all day debunking creationists and cryptozoologists on YouTube 

You do know that there are always going to be unreasonable people in the world and you can get more done if you just…………………… ignore them 

I think it’s valuable that responses to bad idea exist *somewhere* to begin with, but once they do, on the margin putting them on every Tumblr post isn’t necessarily a very good way to convince people or a good use of time.

Probably the best idea I’ve heard along these lines is an “argument map” website which people can add to with arguments, hopefully in a single website everyone agrees on. I’ve gotten the impression such a thing doesn’t yet exist, though  (I’ve heard Eleizer Yudkowsky is working on something with that as the ultimate goal- I’m sure other people have separate projects as well).


I’ve thought of the “argument map” thing myself, it definitely seems to me that such a thing would benefit the world. (One time about a year ago I designed a protocol for that and more, but I’m far away from being able to implement it in terms of CS knowledge.) 

Yudkowsky’s project (Arbital) isn’t that, I think – it’s mostly a Wikipedia for math knowledge that aims to actually be helpful in learning the concepts. 

You know as well as I do that the progressive response to an argument map would be to smear it, its creators, and its contributors and discredit it in the eyes of anyone who doesn’t already know that this is how progressives respond to everything that isn’t in perfect accord with every single one of their ridiculous beliefs.

Or to quote @slatestarscratchpad

Everyone is a little bit racist. We know this because there is a song called “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist” and it is very cute. Also because most people score poorly on implicit association tests, because a lot of white people will get anxious if they see a black man on a deserted street late at night, and because if you prime people with traditionally white versus traditionally black names they will answer questions differently in psychology experiments. It is no shame to be racist as long as you admit that you are racist and you try your best to resist your racism. Everyone knows this.

Donald Sterling is racist. We know this because he made a racist comment in the privacy of his own home. As a result, he was fined $2.5 million, banned for life from an industry he’s been in for thirty-five years, banned from ever going to basketball games, forced to sell his property against his will, publicly condmened by everyone from the President of the United States on down, denounced in every media outlet from the national news to the Podunk Herald-Tribune, and got people all over the Internet gloating about how pleased they are that he will die soon. We know he deserved this, because people who argue he didn’t deserve this were also fired from their jobs. He deserved it because he was racist. Everyone knows this.

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