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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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US Pop Star Offers to Pay Fines For Olympic Team Protesting Skimpy Outfits

The IOC wants the women to remain scantily clad, and this is undoubtedly on account of their incessant greed.

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The Olympics may have built themselves as some sort of prestigious and untouchable global event in years past, but the last few decades have revealed just what a shady cash-grab the games have become. It all began in the 90’s when the financially-struggling Winter Olympics added snowboarding to the games, in a move that was blatantly meant to generate ad revenue from the emerging sport and its fans.  In this quest to cash in, the International Olympic Committee refused to allow any actual snowboarding organizations participate in the operations, which drove several of the world’s best to boycott.  This, in turn, completely ruined the concept that the gold medalists were truly the best in the world, and exposed the IOC as nothing more than a marketing firm. Now, in 2021, a number of female athletes are complaining that they are being forced to wear skimpier clothes than their male counterparts, (often in the same discipline), to which the IOC responded with a “be quiet and play” sort of attitude. Again, the skimpier outfits equate to more ratings, so Olympic organizers are refusing to make accommodations. This has led US pop star Pink to step up.  US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships last week. “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their uniform,” tweeted the singer on Sunday. “Good on ya, ladies,” she added. “I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.” In doing so, the Olympics will get their coveted cash and these female athletes will be able to perform…

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GOP Rep. Says There’s ‘Credible’ Evidence of Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

China has been avoiding any such investigation for months now.

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From the very moment that the COVID-19 pandemic began, there were concerns that China wasn’t telling us the truth. This was primarily based on Beijing’s horrendous record of dishonesty when it comes to the international community, which has been ever-so frequent in cases in which the Chinese government could be made to appear cruel or uncaring. To be fair, it doesn’t take long for most to realize that this is, in fact, reality, especially as we continue to receive credible reports of the nation’s use of concentration camps and ethnic cleansing. In the case of the coronavirus, not only did the world discover that the data coming out of Beijing was wholly incorrect, but that a laboratory specializing in the exact type of coronaviruses that caused COVID-19 happened to be just a few miles away from the epicenter of the pandemic. Now, despite numerous attempts to stall or stymy efforts to investigate the theory that pandemic began as a lab-leak, one US lawmaker is claiming that there is credible evidence of just such a possibility.  Sunday, on FNC’s “The Next Revolution,” Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) stressed the importance of investigating the origins of COVID-19, and in particular, China’s role. His statement was stern. “As you know, we still have yet to have any notice that there will be an investigation. And so I think, rightfully, we used the powers of oversight that we have in Congress and we convened a hearing. Unfortunately, none of the Democrats attended that hearing. But the expert testimony from the witnesses was quite profound and quite significant. “And I think as they said, and I would tend to agree that this virus came from the laboratory, whether it was a leak, whether it was accidental, whether it was intentional, whether it was manmade or whether it…

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