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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

Bought and read your book recently. Really enjoyed your perspective and thank you for having the courage to speak out when there is so much personal risk. I have historically voted for democrats, live in a liberal area and most of my friends are liberal. Unfortunately the WP is our hometown paper and most of my friends believe everything they read (I used to myself). It’s hard to have conversations about cultural or political issues without sounding a little crazy in these groups. Especially when all the major institutions seem to be on board with the insanity of our current state. I recently decided that I would try the approach of not talking about politics at all with friends, like back to n the 70’s when it was considered impolite. I’ll just stay educated and vote for who I vote for. But then I see women like you, Bari Weiss, etc and think I should do more. It’s hard (and scary) to rock the boat!!

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

Congrats! This exposure is a huge win. One thing not many people discuss is how many Americans have been virtually unaware of what is going on in this ideological witchhunt. I know that I've had to educate many of my liberal friends and even then, it takes some of them a while to wake up to how pernicious and blatantly unfair this whole thing is.

It's a war of language and labels conducted by adults who act like immature 7th graders but who are highly skilled in language arts and rhetoric, well organized and so convicted of their own rightness that they have become zealots. We all know that successive waves of zealots (and wars) destroyed the Library of Alexandria over several centuries. Precious archives of human knowledge lost forever. Not to mention the viciousness of religious wars in Europe which led to the formation of the United States itself. Zealotry has power and can be incredibly destructive.

But, as you suggest, if we calmly and unequivocally state our truth over and over again, it will erode the vengeful spirit that lies behind this rigid ideology. I have encountered increasing numbers of gays and lesbians in particular who are turning away from this extreme ideology. And there are many others.

Sadly, we recently lost a liberal who dedicated his life to practicing the tenets of liberal philosophy: to to encourage and lift up the disadvantaged and work for equal opportunity for all. Richard Bilkszto founded the Toronto chapter of FAIR and was an icon in the education system. He was bullied to death by a rapacious DEI (or should I say DIE) group backed by a weak school board and administration. Here was an iconic liberal - not the enemy by any stretch - who was working toward the goals of justice and equality and pro-humanism - and he was punished and hounded to death simply for having the courage to disagree with the extreme views of these grifters.

They don't care what color or creed anyone is. A few months ago, Tabia Lee, a diversity consultant, was let go by De Anza college in Cupertino for not preaching an extreme version of DEI. She was too "humanist" and wouldn't subscribe to dehumanizing white people. So, they fired her. And she is black. They don't care. They will have their revenge or die trying, even if they take out some of their own.

That said, a civilized society can't support this type of puritanical/witch hunt behavior without some kind of reckoning. I think the only reason that it's lasted so long is they have played a very clever long-game of institutional capture (ref. Paolo Freire) and they haven't made the mistake of leveraging deadly force or political coup, something that would wake people up very quickly. But, pushing heretics to suicide is ok. Destroying people's lives and careers is ok. Fragmenting and sometimes destroying families is okay. Terrorizing and publicly shaming people is ok. Tossing out basic rules of fairness and civility is ok. Introducing the concept of shaming people for the color of their skin into therapy is ok (yes, I'm looking at you APA - how many people will you drive to suicide with this tactic, eh?).

It's a pernicious, underhanded game catalyzed by a seriously toxic set of academic theories masquerading as a quasi-religious quest for justice and spread by a class of human for whom posturing and it's resultant gatekeeping is more important than breathing (the chattering classes/PMC).

Human beings are now and always will be more than our power relations and structures. There is more that motivates most of us than power. Using this lense to describe the world is like experiencing only the tail of the elephant and declaring it the whole. The whole ideology is a giant synecdoche and a solipsism, a chimera. Luckily, the objective world will be their Achilles heel. No matter how they might try, they can't erase reality. They can't change the fundamental nature of the physical universe. They can't make 2 + 2 = 5. No one is going to buy this long term.

It's like that scene in a Wrinkle in Time where the children are on the mountain with Mrs. Whatsit in her Pegasus form, and they watch a blazing star obliterate the black thing that blocks light. She explains to them that this was a star that sacrificed itself to fight the black thing. And that our history was replete with such opposition - Jesus, Rembrandt, Buddha, Bach - luminaries of heart and imagination. Richard Bilkszto was one such courageous human and there have been many others who have sacrificed everything to make a statement against this vengeful creed. Keep the faith and keep pouring that faith into the world. Pro-humanism, love, fair play - they will win - in spite of everything.

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thanks. I was shocked to have MY blog removed by Medium!

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Thrilled for you...interesting to ponder on the awakening of America.

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Monica,

CONGRATULATIONS on the success of your writing! 🎉

I, too, attended FREEDOM FEST in Memphis, as an Exhibitor (Booth Staff) for my beloved BRAVER ANGELS (braverangels.org). 😇🇺🇸 As an Organization working hard to help heal America's Polarization, we are helping to teach people how to speak to one another across our divides with CIVILITY and CURIOSITY, learning from one another personal perspectives and (perhaps) mischaracterizations of one another.

I wish that I had the opportunity to meet you while we were enjoying the exciting and enlightening opportunities offered at FREEDOM FEST. Maybe next year? I'll search YouTube for your Break-Out Session and look forward to hearing your presentation!

Thank you so much for sharing your disappointing experience. Being a PAID SUBSCRIBER to MEDIUM from their inception (as a small way to support their up and coming platform) I'm very disheartened to hear about you experience. I'll be revisiting my support of MEDIUM seeing that their commitment to "Free Speech" has proven questionable.

Thank you for standing up for the rights of those participating in Women's Sports by calling out the unfair advantage of allowing those born as biological males to compete against biological females.

I am not as aware of the challenges to the Lesbian Community, but I hope to learn more from your Presentation and Writing.

Blessings ~

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I'm a Sex Therapist from Sydney Australia and tried to have this article published. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conundrum-trans-women-matty-silver/?fbclid=IwAR035z8pgX0b3gG7G9-3nz2VGHmKeMaCGnabQsif4vlTcg3tJCmcepsSrHM

Not a single paper or publications wanted to publish it. NO-ONE actually even responded.

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Jul 23, 2023·edited Jul 23, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

Congrats! Hope you can get together with other canceled Mediums with ostensible lefty cred and pitch something to the NYTimes, if you can, and offer yourselves as sources. Not so much to get them to publish it, they'd want to take a new angle since it's already been done as an op-ed. But to get them thinking about it. It they did something on the issue later they might quote you.

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You go girl! The UK is much more pro-female than America.

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Jul 22, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

This is wonderful news!

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Jul 24, 2023·edited Jul 25, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

To Monica and Jacob Silverman: I agree with Jacob that we should all get together and co-publish an article on Substack about how this "woke" agenda is now infiltrating the administration of Medium. Before doing that, to offer you substantive evidence of what I said, I would like to present first a link to the article on Medium that I responded to, and then my commentary in response to it that got me suspended for "hateful" content about "a group with protected characteristics" (meaning entitled, *not* oppressed) that the Mainstream Liberals use as a bulwark against dissent about a very deservedly controversial medical procedure and in its latest bid to combat "heteronormativity" and gender being accepted as an objective biological reality (as opposed to "gender identity," a purely psychological phenomenon which can indeed be fluid).

Here is the link to the article I responded to: https://medium.com/minds-without-borders/do-penises-matter-869c9905a9df

What follows will be the first of the two posts I made in response to that which I was told violated Medium's "community standards." I have also found evidence that my account on Medium seemed to have been shadow banned by the platform's algorithms for a time.

For the sake of brevity and greater relevance, I will leave out the points I made to the author regarding her snide attitude towards men. Note how I clearly made my response from the perspective of a Classical Leftist, and *not* a conservative. Excerpts from the author I responded to are in quotes. I will have to send in multiple parts, starting with the first of my posts.

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Jul 24, 2023·edited Jul 24, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

You think maybe it's part of the problem to have a headline line that?

Again with identity leading top, front and center, rather than your legal credentials and viewpoint as an actual woman.

PS: https://medium.com/bigger-picture/the-antiracist-quagmire-27bb4bbc9857

"Well-meaning white people?"

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

You know there's a difference between basic difference of political opinion and spreading blatant misinformation, right? Why are you including RFK Jnr as one of your examples? It makes you look unworthy of attention, because you're aligning with pure crazy.

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Only governments can censor. For private publications, it's called 'editing.' Use of the airwaves, which are government owned via the FCC, Goverment can make guidelines, but no direct censorship save for wartimes

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

I dislike that you felt the need to announce your "identity" in the headline, but I get it in this context. Thank you for defending women!

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Congrats Monica!

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Jul 23, 2023Liked by Monica Harris

Congratulations Monica. Unplugged reader here (you and I recently "conversed" via email).

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