2018/09/14: The intellectual dark web: the internet has allowed this renegade band of scientists, writers, social commentators and podcast hosts to slip the censorious clutch of the universities and the mainstream media, leaving them free to address issues, and voice opinions, that the self-appointed guardians of liberal-left orthodoxy have declared off limits.
If the IDW phenomenon exposes anything, it is the depth of people’s frustration with the degree to which public debate has been repressed, particularly by the Left which has whipped itself into a frenzy of offense-taking, speech-policing, motive-questioning, name-calling and heretic-hunting.
This what happens when some people come along who simply refuse to play that game by those rules. People who, having left, or been excommunicated from, the church of permitted left-liberal thought, have no reason not to challenge that church’s orthodoxies and the doctrinal foundations on which they stand.
But it isn’t just what the IDW are saying that people seem to find so liberating. It is the way they are saying it.
Their tone is measured, their arguments carefully constructed, and the potential weaknesses of those arguments thoroughly tested. Because their conversations are long, unedited and unmediated, complexity can be embraced, and nuance explored.
Over the course of two hours, nonsense, intellectual dishonesty and moral confusion are invariably exposed.
They may be known as the intellectual dark web, but no one shines a more unforgiving light on an argument than they do.