Tuesday, January 10, 2017



  1. Renee, I'd love your thoughts on another Rene, a Christian actually. Are you familiar with the late French philosopher Rene Girard's 'mimetic desire' and 'scapegoat mechanism' theories? Girard sees the gospels, both the OT and NT not so much as holy scripture, but as intellectual achievements for their time. The OT helped end human sacrifice while the NT attempted to reveal the game by demonstrating, for the first time, not the guilt, but the actual innocence of the victim. As Girard saw it, we're living in apocalyptic (revealing) times as the PC movement scapegoats the scapegoaters (victim-blamimg), which he sees as a trend that could only come about as a corruption of Christianity.

  2. I've just been watching U of Toronto Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson in conversation with podcaster Joe Rogan explain the origins of the PC movement in the identity politics, or should I say 'polemics' of Russia a century ago. Peterson's outspoken refusal to use gender pronouns may not only cost him his job but may end up in violation of his Canadian province's human rights code. http://jordanbpeterson.com/2016/11/dr-peterson-joe-rogan-podcast/

  3. | "...may cost him his job..."

    He had me fooled, as he had many others. If there's a lesson to be learned here it's be wary of the passionate attribution of malice which Peterson so eloquently engages in. Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity---Hanlen's Razor (... or received belief.