In his latest edition of his newsletter, The Masculinist, Aaron Renn writes:
The real problem with the purely negative approach is that it’s just not pleasant to be around and tends to attract other unpleasant people. The commenter communities on these various “watch” sites have lots of angry, bitter people that you probably don’t want to hang out with. Who wants to be around all that negative energy all the time? Negativity is also self-limiting because eventually you exhaust your critique space and go into an endless repeat loop. That’s one reason Dalrock’s blog is essentially at a dead end.
Again, it’s also important to reiterate that Throckmorton and Dalrock were, in the main, right. And their work is important. Because of critics like them, the people they critique are without excuse. You can believe these big name pastors, though they seldom ever deign to respond to their critics, are well aware of what those critics are saying. So to the extent that the critics are right, and they frequently are, those pastors will ultimately have to give an account. They won’t be able to plead ignorance.
Contrast the Christian watch blogger with people like Jordan Peterson or Peter Thiel. Those two guys are happy strongly speak against things they believe are wrong. But they also have a positive agenda, like Peterson’s self-help mission and new book or Thiel’s Thiel Fellowships or “zero to one” startup model. Their agendas may not be right or to your liking, but they have them. That’s one reason they transcended the hater blog ghetto and had a much, much bigger impact than those who are limited to merely criticism.
Those two are:
- Fundamentally Liberal
- Not American
- Coastal Elites
Dalrock is a random Christian man in Flyover Country raising a family. He’s fully under the crush of elitist anti-father fantasies; fantasies for which nearly every church pastor, priest, and leader gives false testimony. Peterson and Thiel are not Christian so they don’t have to contend with that.
Peterson is a Canadian psychologist and university professor; formerly of Harvard. This is the equivalent of a Cardinal in the Church of Modernism. Peter Thiel is a German citizen, a Big Tech founder, financier, sodomite, and a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee. When they contend with elite doctrines of Liberalism, it is from a position of worldly power and respect.
None of these things should disqualify Peterson or Thiel from our admiration for whatever good things they say. (Some of the money in Peterson’s bank account belonged to me, and I’m happy to have put it there.) But it does disqualify them from comparison to Dalrock. Aaron Renn should have known better.