Power is an essential element of human sociology. Many of us take it for granted, ignoring the implications of handling power and the consequences of acts of power, which may explain the extravagance we take with power. Perhaps we need to alter the way we think about power and makes changes to how our social organizations handle power. What if we thought of power not as a position toward which to aspire to but as a “force of nature” to be directed in a particular way; an act of god which we use with humility and due diligence.
Has American politics grown more divisive throughout our history or has it always been bad? How can a person initiate a discourse with their ideological opposite without the discussion morphing into a monster of insults and character assassinations?
Niccolo Machiavelli wrote in his book, The Prince, that a primary goal of any national leader is to avoid a civil within his own country. Based on that pragmatic view, has the United States of America failed as a nation because it could not avoid a civil war?
Move over, Drunken Peasants! There’s a new podcast invading screens twice a week: the YouTube Saints. The rising talk show on the most popular video-sharing website to date is hosted my two entertainers, Jeff Holiday and Nick Goroff, each with fan bases of their own. Jeff Holiday is a scholor in the scientific field of biology and uses his personal YouTube channel to expose pseudo-science, promoting scientific knowledge amongst the general public. Nick Goroff is known throughout the Web by his YouTube username, “Wizard of Cause,” and he uses his personal channel to dive deep into the human psyche in an attempt to pursue truths beyond the empirical reality of the physical world. Together, they are the YouTube Saints, “blatant punk whores of the new media getting wasted and treating the cancer of YouTube with the chemo of mockery.”
If you’re a regular patron of the Web and you’re not an idiot, you’ve probably been exposed to many forms of mind cancer on a plethora of platforms. The Saints can be your chemotherapy.
Can YouTube’s “Skeptic Community” put aside the memes and extend an olive branch to the “social justice warriors?” Can a feminist like Laci Green reconcile with a skeptical humanist like Sargon of Akkad? Actually, that already happened at VidCon 2017:
“A good number of SJW’s, for instance, as stupid as they may be, are not necessarily the evil manipulative creatures that say Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quin, or Brianna Wu is. To them, their ideologies and their notions are genuinely good. They’re trying to do good for the world and make it a better place, even if the actual practice and function of their ideas much like communism would result in widespread suffering and abject failure. This being the case though, why not take on those arguments more directly? Why not, instead of showing everyone how clever we can be, show them how smart we really are? Because there’s a whole lot of batshit, dumb-fuckery out there to be combated by smarter people and the better angels of our nature can shine through if we let them (Nick Goroff a.k.a. the Wizard of Cause, 2017).”