Hi guys I’m new here. I used to be a devout liberal. That all changed in the last year. As many of you, I’m tired of the identity politics and liberal agenda of populism, intersectionality, and pathological political correctness. I work as a surgeon and medicine is fully infected with this radical leftist agenda that Jordan Peterson and others are raising awareness of. I recently saw an article published in the New England journal that cited rampant sexism in surgery because only 31% of surgical articles are written by women. The author failed to elaborate that only 15-20% of all surgeons are women so what this means is that women are actually FAVORED in the publishing process. It means their articles are disproportionally published at a higher rate than those of men. And because of quotas promoting equality of outcome many male surgeons are losing their ability to get good jobs and are not analyzed based on merit. Women have always and always will be less interested in the field because of arduous hours, high emotional stress, and near inability to have children especially during training.
How is it that all these pseudointellectuals that pass garbage like this off can make such claims with ZERO secondary or tertiary level of analysis and get their propaganda published into the most prestigious media outlets in the world? Why is it that everyone is catering to them? Are they afraid of rejecting them and being labeled as sexists and homophobes etc themselves? Or do they truly agree with them? And this article is by no means an exception. I would say 30-40% of all abstracts at any scientific meeting or in any medical journal are regarding racism as a barrier to access to care or women being discriminated against because of curbing third trimester, or even beyond, abortion. These people are controlling the public narrative with anyone with descenting opinion being shouted down as a racist homophobic mysoginist that should be censored. I mean it’s all incredible to me but I also have faith in the fact that people like JBP, Ben Shapiro et al have a strong following of people with common sense!
Prior to about a year ago, I was asleep taking the figurative medication ie the blue pill the left has been slipping into everyone’s drink for decades. I bought into Obama and the lot but Peterson woke me up. I was always thought of myself as a critical thinker which is proof of how easily corrupted into the leftist agenda one can get before you wake up and smell the truth. Now that I have a taste of the truth I can’t get enough of it. It’s as if every view I’ve ever had has been challenged in the last year and while that can be difficult to your identity and your sense of grounding in the world, it is truly a transformative, transcendental experience for which I will always have Jordan Peterson to thank. I am very grateful for the IDW and people who are promoting strength of the individual. I guess the pathology of the left is best evident by the ABCQanda program in Australia when Jordan Peterson posits “I guess what I’m saying is you should be very careful to go around changing the world before you have your own affairs in order” which was met with headshaking and disgust by the arrogant SJW who asked the question. I used to be so afraid. The left kept me afraid like it does many and especially minorities... of things like climate change and mystical racism. The demand for racism is far greater than the supply hence the creation of it by people like Smollet and Ellen Page. Nonetheless, I was nihilistic. I couldn’t have a sense of right and wrong. I was devoid of moral virtue. How Muslims lead their lives and treat those around them and their women etc. was just a different perspective and how could I possibly have an opinion on issues involving African Americans because I am a white straight man? These are the tactics they use to censor people. I wouldn’t dare dream of telling a black man that he can’t have an opinion on matters relating to me because he’s not white. But they use such racist rhetoric to restrict my own views. I am tired of the leftist agenda of purporting that being a straight white male is basically a crime in 2019. It’s not what we should be teaching our men or our children boys and girls included. We should be teaching them to THINK and not indoctrinating them with intersectionality, socialism, victimhood, and entitlement. I guess the sliver of hope is that the more the left has been trying to censor people like JBP, by such acts as banning his book in NZ, the more popular he and others will continue to grow. God bless everyone out there!
Welcome, I am new here myself but not new to IDW. It is reassuring to meet people who are on a similar path and fed up with what they see around them. Your experiences as a surgeon are very interesting/disturbing, proving Peterson's observations and warnings. I live in UK and censorship seems to be growing by the day here. As someone born under communism, I am starting to feel very uneasy about things. Let's hope that together we can have some influence.
Welcome to the Other Side. It's not so bad over here. I went through a process much like you describe, except I hadn't heard of JBP yet. I had been a registered Democrat for over 20 years, but was jolted awake in 2008 when my family and peers in the Dem party informed me of how racist I must have been to want to vote for any candidate other than Obama. My hero of the day became Andrew Breitbart, also a brave and outspoken man, taken from us far too soon. He taught newborn conservatives the art of becoming righteously indignant. I've also been a Ben Shapiro fan since those days as well. I walked away from the Left and never looked back.
Now along comes the great JBP, whom I discovered by accident while scrolling through Youtube. I'd watched a few of his lectures on Genesis and the Abrahamic stories, then found out he was creating quite the stir when he spoke out about that recent compelled speech law enacted in Canada. I've followed him ever since, perhaps thinking there is a glimmer of hope for a Revival of Reason in this world. He is doing and saying great things - things that far too many people are afraid to say. I may not agree with him one hundred percent on politics or religion, but at least he is out there willing to take the slings and arrows needed to let people know how far off of the beaten path we've gone.
This forum seems to be smaller, but growing. It's nice and cozy that way. Facebook and Twitter are far too noisy and impersonal. Enjoy.
I hear you. Thanks for sharing your stories and welcome to our community . Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin and Ben Shapiro are the first few IDW members who play an important role in my wakeup journey. I'm also fed up with the injustice the SJWs preach and their ideologies are based on a false assumption that all demographic disparities are caused by discrimination. May I recommend an interesting article I read recently from Quillette:
Lies, Damned Lies, and STEM Statistics
Great to see your post! With ALL social media platforms controlled by leftists we’d better push back any way we can.
I’m hoping this will help get more people away
from Facebook, Twitter Instagram & allow us to
Hear & support conservative voices. We are being drowned out & losing the culture war!
Finally an awake member of the surgical establishment, how refreshing! Welcome! I'm new here too, but I've been on the otherside of the knife and here we are on IDW. Racism, I believe is the catalyst to the leftest movement. The Socialist understand that capturing the black, the LBQT, the youth, and other minority voters including wemon, using hatered towards the bigotry of the movment is essential. By creative means the media has used political correctness to craft an all out war on the white male educated or not. You have realized that is the truth and it sickens you. Feeling criminal to state your opinion even fearing reparations in your career for speaking out. Myself living in Seattle area, I feel like im living amongst leftists zombies who would as soon kill you for any political view other than extreem left. I have even been afraid of going under the knife after making too conservative of a statement or showing any support for our POTUS to my surgeon or anestisiologist. OOP'S I made a mistake. Same thing with food servers, police officers, judges anyone with power over my life and this is an unspoken thing we all live in the political shadows. This ought not be in the land of the free and the home of the brave and I decided the only way I can strike back is to cast my vote. Thats what Americans, true Americans have been reduced to, a single vote.
Yes everybody is afraid of being labeled as an "ist". Having their livelihood and social standing destroyed. Speaking out here is great but we all need to be doing this in the real world. You will be surprised how many are thinking the same things but have been afraid to say it. Often they only need to see one example of courage to bring them out of the shadows. We all have a duty to future generations to speak out against this. We have been entrusted with the greatest civilization the world has ever known. We didn't build it, we inherited it, and it is not ours to piss away. You are going to take some hits coming out against this nonsense, but we know where this road will have us in 10 -20 years. You have nothing to lose.
Welcome to the group! I just joined myself and I so happy to hear you have finally seen the light!
If you are serious about learning the facts far before the msm tells you the 1/2 truths I suggest you seek out one of the finest Conservative leaders left in the nation,
Mark Levin. He is a true constitutional scholar and really breaks down the problems like an expert should. No spin, no lies just good information.
Beautifully written. It's refreshing to read your thoughts and encouraging to know that another free-thinking individual has made a choice to make a change. I"m sorry, but not surprised to hear that the medical system like universities has a strong left arm. You ask why are lies allowed to be printed as in the New England Journal about woman surgeons. I don't have an answer, but I do feel strongly that there are people who control the narrative not only in the mainstream media but in academia where they decide what is broadcast and often by whom. The power runs deep and flows strong and don't get too close, or else. What is it that Voltaire said?: "If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not supposed to criticize." Stay strong and continue to be the wonderful doctor that I'm sure you are. Charlotte.
I agree, your post was perfection, I had an argument with a lady ( i didnt argue, i just agreed, then went for the jugular, lol ) she stated that "things won't get better till woman and men are paid the same." I asked, who, and where are these woman who arn't paid the same as men. It's against the law, i said. Who is it? Taxi drivers, nurses? She actually brought up actors! I asked why she was so concerned with multimillionaires? Why? Seriously, really? O thinking ability!
Im worried though, this all sounds communist . That's what it feels like, communism. A deep dank world where some are better then others. Communal living, no private property, carreers are ruined because your the wrong colour or sex. it's so sad!
Welcome. You’ll probably end up finding this place your rock in the raging storm. At least I do, and I find myself checking in, whenever I need some reassurance that I haven’t completely descended down the rabbit hole.
The left is narcissism, personified. I can’t even say that “left” is appropriate terminology anymore, honestly. I’ve known plenty of left-leaning people in my life who weren’t toxic, lying, hate-fueled, psychopaths. These people are truly a species unto themselves. I’m convinced they’d eat their young, if it earned them 15 seconds on CNN or 100k “likes”.