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The Latest Member of the Intellectual Dark Web…Will Smith?

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Another major celebrity has gone rogue.

Will Smith, quite a conventional star known for his squeaky-clean hip-hop and superior acting abilities, has stunningly come out to praise Kanye West for leaving the ideological plantation of the left and pursuing his own ideas.

OK, so he didn’t really put it that way, but he did praise Kanye for pursuing his own ideas and enduring the resulting media backlash, which was severe.

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“It’s not an easy task to say and do things that elevate people. That’s what I love about Kanye right now, and he is willing to take the smash down in order to push ideas,” said Smith in a video, which was retweeted by Dave Rubin, a prominent figure in the so-called Intellectual Dark Web.

So what is the Intellectual Dark Web, to which Rubin welcomed Smith, the latest celebrity to dare think outside of the one-size-fits-all left-wing Hollywood paradigm?

The Daily Wire, home to Ben Shapiro who just so happens to be another key member of the group, explains:

IDW is a controversial subject to some, an unknown acronym to others, but most importantly, it’s an informational safe haven.

As reported by The New York Times, the IDW “is a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation — on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums — that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now.”

It is a break from the controlled narrative, a glitch in the system, and a powerful movement that is wrecking through the ironclad control of establishment media.

Dr. Eric Weinstein, accredited with coining the term IDW, elaborated further on a Rubin Report podcast: “We have gained the confidence with each other that [dialogue] won’t devolve into name-calling.”

In a hyper-polarized culture, when losing the battle of ideas, some lose gracefully, while others not so much. The dialogue begins to break down and the integrity of the process is lost: winning only matters, not being accurate or honest.

The New York Times paints a vivid picture of a potential IDW meeting: “First, they are willing to disagree ferociously, but talk civilly, about nearly every meaningful subject: religion, abortion, immigration, the nature of consciousness. Second, in an age in which popular feelings about the way things ought to be often override facts about the way things actually are, each is determined to resist parroting what’s politically convenient.”

Confirming the intellectual honesty and rigorousness of the IDW, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro reflects on a conversation with Sam Harris: “I want to hear the most sophisticated version of the pro-choice argument, not the simplest. There is something adventurous about someone who is exposing a rift in your thinking that now has to be [reckoned] with,” Shapiro stated.

The most powerful think about the IDW is that it is not defined by party lines, ideological labels, or really anything other than free and independent thought.

It’s actually a decent reflection of a reality many have lost sight of, which is that ideology is on a spectrum and not binary (you bigots). It’s refreshing to see so many people willing to break free of this binary view of intellectualism and join together in the search for truth and productive discourse.

So, Will Smith, you are in good company!

 

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Black Lives Matter Rioter to Cop: ‘I Hope Someone Kills Your Whole F— Family!’ (Video)

Highly disturbing…

John Salvatore

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Do some people wake up and say, “ya know, I’m gonna do everything in my power to put another person down simply because I hate my country and want to see everything change dramatically!” Antifa radicals probably do. What happened in Portland the other day is a complete disgrace. And it won’t receive an iota of coverage from the mainstream media. WATCH: https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1282258068999245825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1282258068999245825%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.weaselzippers.us%2F452201-portland-rioter-to-police-i-hope-someone-kills-your-whole-fuking-family%2F The recent COVID-19 spike in many states around the nation, including Arizona, California, Florida, and New York, is likely due to Black Lives Matter protests. Thousands upon thousands of politically ignorant lefties decided to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and blame every single police officer living today for the death of George Floyd. And now, Americans are paying the price — again. According to people like Bill de Blasio, the protests were called for. Religious gatherings, however, not so much. WATCH: https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/1278334684418551812?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1278334684418551812%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegatewaypundit.com%2F2020%2F07%2Fnyc-mayor-de-blasio-defends-ban-religious-gatherings-says-black-lives-matter-protests-ok-profound-meaning-video%2F

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AOC Says Crime Spike In New York May Be Due to People Being ‘Scared to Pay Their Rent’

Wait…what?

John Salvatore

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There are comedians and then there’s AOC. She’s a whole different kind of funny and she doesn’t even realize it. Facepalm. From The Daily Wire: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed on Sunday that the surge in crime in New York City is happening because people are “scared to pay their rent” and because of high unemployment numbers due to the pandemic. Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks and other misleading statements during a Zoom video call that was posted to Twitter by The Hill. WATCH: https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1282358303549464578?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1282358303549464578%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Focasio-cortez-nyc-crime-surge-maybe-due-to-people-being-scared-to-pay-their-rent-dont-have-jobs Protests around the nation are largely dominated by white liberals. They believe they are helping the black community combat racism by agreeing with the radical wing that law enforcement should be defunded. It literally makes zero sense. From The Daily Wire: On Thursday, Ami Horowitz released a new video to YouTube in which he asks white and black New Yorkers if they “support abolishing the police.” Their answers are…quite different. […] When asked about the relationship between the NYPD and members of the community, a man wearing a blue Nike hat claims that “it’s pretty good,” noting that “all police officers are not bad,” and that there are ones who “really care about the people and really want to help the people.” VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv5-mc4U_Zw&feature=emb_title

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