Friday, 13 October 2017

'The social networks will deliver a Corbyn government'

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Here is an interesting discussion by Niall Ferguson about how social media will have as big an effect as printing, which produced the Protestant Reformation and a century and a quarter of wars in Europe. Niall Ferguson thinks it may put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10. It's put Donald Trump in the White House.

Society is now increasingly organised by networks rather than in hierarchies, he points out. This is something to be welcomed, I am sure, necessary though hierarchies are.

Niall Ferguson is often right but is often wrong, as he was about China in Civilisation: The West and the Rest. People always lived in echo chambers. Left-wingers read the Mirror and right-wingers read the Express and they all mixed with others mostly of a similar outlook.

I see the internet and social media as a hugely positive advance for democracy and freedom of expression. That includes the freedom to express stupid or malign ideas. The Guardian, in any case, has done that for decades.


I was not too alarmed that Niall Ferguson thinks Labour may win the next election because of Jeremy Corbyn's followers on Twitter. We cannot know yet who will win the next election. I was very depressed when he said 2016 will not happen again because Facebook, Google and the others will censor right wing ideas. That is the great danger.


The huge challenge for the right is the increasingly globalist, internationalist, nanny statist mind-set people in the West under forty. This is partly due to left wing educational establishments but mostly to lack of ideas on the right.


The big ideas should be about migration, refugees and nations but in this area more than elsewhere, 
despite Donald Trump conservative views are censored and self censored.

The election of President Trump is likely to strengthen the globalist zeitgeist, unless he makes a success of his first and possibly only term in office. So far it's almost one quarter gone and it's still hard to know or understand what he is doing or why.

2 comments:

  1. Niall Ferguson thinks it may put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10.

    I'm all for anything that gets Theresa May out of No. 10.

    This is partly due to left wing educational establishments but mostly to lack of ideas on the right.

    The "Left" understands that ideas don't matter. It's feelings that matter. They offer a package that appeals to the emotions. It's all about equality and fairness and justice and tolerance and they're all words that trigger positive emotional responses, especially for women.

    The mainstream right makes a direct appeal to greed. That can sometimes work but it doesn't make people feel good about themselves.

    The dissident right offers ideas but their ideas trigger negative emotional responses. It's too easy to portray them as a bunch of hateful meanies. The dissident rightists need to learn to package their ideas in a way that triggers goodfeels. Otherwise they're not going to win any support from women.

    It's all a matter of marketing.

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