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WHAT IS MY SUMMARIZED CRITIQUE OF THE LEFT WING CULTURAL MOVEMENT AND POLITICAL PARTY?

1) The Left is Eating its Own.

Bret Weinstein, someone who is in our social circle, is a professor at Evergreen who spoke out against counter-oppression being applied by black students onto white students and faculty. He was outrageously attacked and pilloried for his views.

a) https://www.nytimes.com/…/when-the-left-turns-on-its… //

This is emblematic of a deeply troubling trend of Public Shaming and Online Lynch Mobs being conducted by a subset of those on the far Left-Wing of the political spectrum.

b) More on leftist Public Shamings and Lynchings https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/twitters-rage-mob…/

2) The Left is Devolving into Authoritarianism

The Left is devolving into its own form of Authoritarianism even though it claims to be against oppression. There is a well trodden history of left leaning populists causing great societal harm and oppression.

Here is a great chart from Ray Dalio’s Bridewater Associates historical analysis on Populism. Bridgewater is the world’s largest hedge fund and they have spent considerable financial and cognitive resources to understand the dynamics behind populism because they see it emerging again, and it will have deep consequences for geo-politics and financial markets.

https://www.dropbox.com/…/Screenshot%202017-08-15%2021

The failed Russian communist experiment is probably the best example of the Authoritarian Left. Others who have studied this topic far more than I can cover this point better.

3) The Left is Hypocritical in its Relationship to Tolerance.

One of the central purported aims of the Left is promote tolerance, especially of minorities and the historically oppressed, but the left is largely intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them.

4) Large Swaths of the Left are Unwilling or Unable to Engage in Nuanced Debate

The only way to make progress on complex issues is for nuanced debate to occur. But too many on the left immediately reject views that do not easily resemble their own. Furthermore, the left is encouraging the development of incredibly thin skin: see safe spaces, micro aggressions.

These are important distinctions, but toughness and grit is just as important a skill to develop as sensitivity.

The post I wrote on Monday about James Damore’s Memo exemplified Leftist Thin Skin and the consequential unwillingness to engage in nuanced, level headed debate.. A most common tune would be:

“*I’ll try maybe once or twice to get you change your perspective to mine, but if you don’t then you must be an arrogant, entitled, out of touch, white privileged asshole and I’m unfriending you* ”

Nearly 50 people unfriended me as a result of that post.

5) Nuanced Debate Requires Cognitive Skills Most Liberals Don’t Possess or at the least Don’t Express

There are cognitive and emotional skills necessary to have a productive conversation. These skillsets involve emotional maturity and control, self-awareness, recognition of biases, rhetorical violences, conversational sleights of hand, as well as common philosophical and scientific frameworks and stabilized spiritual states and experiences.

This may feel exclusionary, but it is also a necessity. Just like one has to study to be a respectable doctor or lawyer, one has to study to be respectable cultural critic and designer.

Social Media has led to the democratization of Thought Leadership. There are downsides to this. One is that Amateur Hour is always on Display. And the amateur believes himself to be a Pro.

You may be wondering why this matters?

A) The Election of Donald Trump & the Return of Right Wing Populism

The way the left is engaging in identity politics is creating a cultural backlash. The comments on my Google Memo posted are a microcosm of the style of discourse that has led to this cultural backlash and the election of Donald Trump.

The left leaning mainstream media tried to create the narrative that Hillary’s victory was inevitable. Often projecting a 99% chance of her winning. It may have seemed this way because too many voices have been silenced. The ‘silent Trump voter’ who couldn’t stand the cultural rhetoric of the Left tipped the election. Many of these people were voting AGAINST the Left Wing rather than FOR Donald Trump.

B) Hyper-Polarization Leading to Societal Chaos and Destruction

Extremism is developing on the left and the right. Moderates are being silenced and pulled to the extremes by their own respective bases.

At this rate we are headed for Civil War, Economic Collapse, World War, and a Multi-Generational Societal Reset.

Selected Archived Facebook Comments from my post “Standing With James Damore”

Philipp Pfeiffenberger It was a really shitty analysis. No mention of social factors that are turning women off the field, jumping from “there are some bio differences therefore we should not expect 50/50” to “we should stop working towards equality”…
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Max Marmer I would argue if it was shitty an analysis it wouldn’t have triggered the debate it has. To the contrary, it brought up an important conversations that was being shamed out of existence.
Yes, he didn’t do a great job of addressing social factors turning women off to the field, but perhaps that’s because that angle was overly covered by the incumbent institutions at Google, like the diversity training he attended that inspired the memo.
A proper analysis of nearly any human endeavor would take into account at least three perspectives: Biological, Psychological and Sociological. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopsychosocial_model)
The Authoritarian Left is currently over representing the social factor due its historical underrepresentation and underrepresenting the biological and psychological factors that James Damore emphasized. This is unhealthy reductionism that will lead to suboptimal outcomes all around.
He didn’t come to the conclusion we should stop working towards equality. That was your ideological bias improperly filtering his argument, which is worth self-reflecting on.
Here’s what he actually said,
“I hope it’s clear that I’m not saying that diversity is bad, that Google or society is 100% fair, that
we shouldn’t try to correct for existing biases, or that minorities have the same experience of
those in the majority. My larger point is that we have an intolerance for ideas and evidence that
don’t fit a certain ideology. I’m also not saying that we should restrict people to certain gender
roles; I’m advocating for quite the opposite: treat people as individuals, not as just another
member of their group (tribalism).”

The Evolution of My Personal Views on Reincarnation

I wrote a post a few days ago about how the belief in the West of the finality and permanence of death is at the root of most psychological dysfunction and illness.

I was asked in a comment by a friend to elaborate how my personal views on the subject had changed over time. The comment was quite popular so I thought I would resurface it as its own post, as people found it valuable for me to combine a ‘societal objective’ perspective with a ‘personal subjective’ one.

Q: Max, what probability do you believe there is that you will have more than one life? And how have your views changed over time, and what were the reasons for the change?

I’ve travelled the gamut. I believed there was probably a 50% chance from ages 0-13. I felt there was something more and something unexplained, but I didn’t have the mental frameworks or culture to adopt a belief in reincarnation.

Ages 13-18 I rebelled against Judeo-Christian culture and read lots of books by the New Atheists: Sam Harris, Dawkins, Dennett etc. I made fun of the people who believed in God and had no evidence for their belief. The belief in more than one life dropped to 10-20%.

Ages 18-24 I experienced many non-ordinary states of consciousness thru a variety of methods. I struggled to integrate my experience. My psyche was at odds and my internal family systems were in conflict. I moved through great highs and lows. I studied philosophy and psychology intensively and gained the mental scaffolding to hold the complexity of many perspectives, and how to integrate rationalism and intellectualism with spirituality to move beyond dogmatic religion and unrigorous new age mumbo jumbo. I continued to struggle to integrate and stabilize my experience. Many discrepancies and life circumstances would cause doubt to rebirth and regrow. Probability — 30-75%

Ages 24-27 — I found my teachers, my lineages, my direct transmissions of guarded teachings, my community of people on the same path. The 4 quadrant structures (of consciousness, physical health, community and life support systems) slowly formed to enable my transformation.

Integration has still been a challenge. Reconditioning and reprogramming is hard. There are many vestiges of my old self that continue to need to be discovered and transformed. I’ve been thrown back into darkness a couple times to test my faith and to directly experience and live in illusions again so that they may be excavated and purified.

Probability 60%-90%; Last 3 months 90%-100%.

The Most Insidious Belief in Western Culture

Perhaps the most insidious belief in Western Culture is the strong presumption that once you die, that’s it.

This belief is at the root of most unhappiness, dissatisfaction, despair, depression, illness, angst, exploitation and greed.

All these emotions owe much of their existence to filling an existential hole that does not actually exist.

Recognizing trans-incarnation begins a path towards liberation.

…May you walk by faith and not by sight.

…May you have the courage to journey from the Safe Harbors of your Worldview Illusion

Into the thrilling open waters of the Unknown.

To begin, repeat the mantra to yourself, “Life is not what it seems.”

Become Triggerless

If you are on a spiritual path one of the essential advanced milestones is to become triggerless.

There are no triggers in an awakened state.

Only the ego can be triggered.

Higher essence flowing through the form body cannot be triggered.

At a particular level of practice triggers are gifts.

For they show you the areas that are still not awake.

I see far too many people justify and defend their triggers rather than recognizing and accepting their triggers as energetic patterns to work through and dissolve.

Invoke courage.

Become triggerless.

5 songs that capture the emotional essence of my journey the last year

5 songs that capture the emotional essence of my journey the last year:

1) We Circle Through the Night Consumed By Fire — Max Richter
https://open.spotify.com/track/7pAksEVGKqiXRvl2bO0vhy

2) Mantra Padmasambhava — Lama Dorje
https://open.spotify.com/track/0jWgAnTrNZmOGmqgvHhZEm

3) What’s Up? — 4 Non Blondes
https://open.spotify.com/track/7rc6L3UtM0uvwfpsl07GBL
How I am now:

4) Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros https://open.spotify.com/track/7w5cxTEzp1rfV3KCy0Bd5N

5) Feeling Good – Avicii
https://open.spotify.com/track/7pAksEVGKqiXRvl2bO0vhy

A song is worth 3 pictures worth of words.

The Snow Is Melting

The snow is melting on my year long physical and digital hibernation.

I have been reflecting, processing, releasing, inquiring, discovering, waiting, evolving, loving, living, dying, remembering.

My journey is increasingly spiritual.

An ethereal needle and thread finding its way back into the lining of evolutionary physical manifestation.

My next chapter is being written from my new abode in the angelic mountaintops of Marin.

Home is ever present.

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