I’ve written about James Lindsay many times before. He’s probably best known for being one of three individuals who created a series of hoax academic papers, many of which were accepted for publication by supposedly serious journals catering to grievance studies. Last week Lindsay appeared on Joe Rogan’s show and spoke about a number of things including the similarity between wokeness and cults.
“That’s really the thing that gets me is how similar this is to religious, not just religious ideology like how rigid it is but also indoctrination, religious cults how they indoctrinate people,” Rogan said. He continued, “One of my friends Kurt Metzger, really funny guy who was a Jehovah’s Witness when he was younger. And so he’s really, really, really sensitive to this stuff. He’s like ‘I know where this is going. This is the same thing that I got when I was in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.’ This is cult s**t.”
Lindsay offered an example of how it works. “You and I could be talking about something like this and you could say something. I’m like ‘Don’t you think that’s a little bit racist?’…What are you going to say? You’re going to say yes or no. If you say yes now you’ve owned it, right? Now, you’re racist. And so I’m like ‘Do you interrogate your racism? Do you spend time working on that? You’re dragging people into it.”