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Anticipating Post-Woke Depression | OnlySubs with James Lindsay, Ep. 38

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New Discourses Logo  fiber_manual_record  Jul 2nd, 2021


Complicity in large-scale evil that causes great damage has consequences. This was a lesson of the Nazi regime we have heard too little about: after the collapse of that terrible regime, people who had been complicit but otherwise normal often suffered crippling depression, alcoholism, and worse. Many were suicidal. This is the cost of unwitting complicity in a great moral evil if it ends up running amok and doing tremendous damage. It’s also something I worry about when I consider the possibility of defeating the Woke ideology and entering into a post-Woke world, which may yet come to pass. Should this occur after the ideology begins to do the truly terrible stuff it is latently capable of, many people who carried water for it without realizing what they were doing will be racked with guilt. I think about this a lot, and on this episode of James Lindsay OnlySubs, my subscribers-only podcast, I dive into the idea a bit. It’s honestly one that keeps me up some nights. I think, in fact, that it puts a moral imperative on those of us who aren’t Woke and who want to counter this movement to “red pill” as many people as possible before it’s too late, not just for the sake of the counter-Woke movement itself but for their sake. I don’t know. It’s just me thinking out loud. Join me to hear me as I do.

-James Lindsay

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