The term Intellectual dark web was coined by mathematician Eric Weinstein in January of this year at the masonic theater during a discussion with Sam Harris and Ben Sharpiro, Sam Harris then titled his podcast of this discussion "The intellectual Dark Web" , the term was later magnified and an attempt made at listing its members in a New York Times article by Barry Weiss entitled "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web". So who are they, well they are a strange bi-partisan bunch, some religious and some atheist, some left and some right, and at first glance you would be forgiven for thinking they had nothing in common, here is how Barry Weiss characterises their commonalities,
But they all share three distinct qualities. 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 whatís politically convenient. And third, some have paid for this commitment by being purged from institutions that have become increasingly hostile to unorthodox thought ó and have found receptive audiences elsewhere.
And here are their principles laid out in the intellectualdark.website,
And here are the names of those listed in the NYT article in no particular order;A willingness to engage in conversations with people who have different beliefs and political viewpoints
Rejection of identity politics (and a recognition that it has become the dominant ideology in mainstream media discourse)
Ideas worth listening to
Honoring of freedom of speech
People who donít want them to speak their truth and try to silence them
Bret and Eric Weinstein
Christina Hoff Sommers
I first heard of the IDW from the NYT article and was surprised because I am subscribed to all these peoples Youtube channels (Apart from Christina Sommers), I often wondered what those I subscribe to had in common, now it seems they have a title.
There is no doubt that you cannot agree with them all on every subject and its hard to see how this could become a political movement but maybe they could be the forerunners of a movement of people willing to talk to each other, an antidote to the toxic tribalism of partisan politics or maybe they are just a group of angry rich white academics cashing in on their provocative public stances.