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Thanks again for a very interesting essay, including the book recommendation. I was just wondering what has happened to the Disinformation Project, hoping it has been disbanded. From a brief search it doesn't seem so, but they don't seem to have been active lately..... unless I missed something. One ploy of the woke that could perhaps be added to the Perfect Rhetorical Fortress, is to refuse when asked to engage and explain one's position, saying "I don't feel safe". I believe Kate Hannah employed this tactic when invited to be interviewed...... was it with the Free Speech Union, or perhaps the Platform.

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Thank you for a sublime explanation - I agree with Ruaridh and Mike: 'Wonderful' and

'First Class' and may I humbly add in 'Timely.'

Especially as PM Luxon has (um were we consulted?) just granted J Ardern half a million dollars for 'expenses' related to her Christchurch Call initiative which she is doing 'unpaid' and which is blatantly anti free speech, and apparently the Call is about to be morphed into protecting Trans activists now, and Maori activists, not just as we first were led to believe, religious groups in NZ. (That in itself is is a crock, ask any Christian).

And how wonderful to be able to spot that crock belief of CRT in every word that comes out of the mouth of the likes of Jackson and Swarbrick and the sycophant media.

Spot the crock does not solve the problem, but hopefully it encourages critical thinking.

That is empowering, once again, well done!

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Another lucid exposition on the development of the cancel culture and the tactics of its proponents - thank you. The ways in which critical theory has pervaded the current culture are truly astounding in the lengths to which organisations bend over backwards not to offend activist minorities. I live in a small town and when I was at the doctors last week there was a notice on the information screen reading "Persons with a uterus should consider [being tested for . . .]". I have an MSc with first class honours in human physiology and last time I looked the only persons who have a uterus are those who are not XY in their chromosomes, commonly known as women. When did common sense leave the building?

Over the last years of the Adern administration I was bemused by the rise of The Disinformation Project and the widespread acceptance of its waffle as gospel by the MSM. Assuming that it was financed directly or indirectly by that administration (no OIAs about it were ever successful) this was a planned and deliberate plank in the gaslighting of NZ's population to move us towards accepting that quite innocuous pastimes (eg women's crafts) were actually strategies to draw people into far-right terrorist activities. I imagine the success of TDP was a positive indicator to Ms Adern as to her way forward, as you tracked in her later speeches.

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Your best ever piece - and those preceding it have all been first class!

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Wonderful. Thanks. I am presently engaged with an email discussion that I initiated on the ToW. I think your summation will come in handy.

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Thank you very much for reviewing that book - it sounds marvellous and I will grab a copy. Helen Pluckrose’s ‘Social Injustice’ and ‘Cynical Theories’ are wonderful reads on this issue too. It’s a very eye-opening topic once you start diving into it.

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Another much loved epitaph commonly used by the Cancel Crowd without shame for its hypocrisy is “bully”. So ironic (and sad).

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