Twitter | Search | |
Helen Pluckrose
Editor Secular, liberal humanist. Mother. Doglover. Writing book about epistemology & ethics on the academic left Helen.pluckrose@areomagazine.com
185,967
Tweets
751
Following
28,683
Followers
Tweets
Helen Pluckrose 1m
It's in the comments mostly. They took particular exception to our defense of socialism and critique of immigration alarmists on Facebook. It's also a reason given for withdrawing patron support.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 6m
I can't see Ryan. I blocked him for being one of my most insane and uncharitable stalkers.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 7m
And that's why I prefer not to discuss or condemn people but instead look at ideas. Nearly everyone has some good and some bad.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 8m
I suspect you see more of the people who say Areo is right-wing than the ones who say it is left-wing or the ones who accept it is neither because of the circles you move in. Take some time to have a look at our publications & you'll see the mix and range.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 10m
We have some writers in common. Some people think any criticism of the Social Justice Left is right-wing, as though the liberal left and the radical left don't also exist.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 12m
Liberals is a shifting term. It means left-wing in the US and right-wing in Australia. We've taken the stance that liberals can be either and our baseline is that pieces are broadly liberal and humanist which only excludes illiberal & exclusionary views.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 15m
The far-right thinks it is too left and the far-left thinks we're too right. The reality is that we're skewing slightly left because we've picked up a lot of left-wing academics lately so I've put out a call for some more conservative writers.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 17m
James particularly argued against that. Voting is a different matter. We urged people to vote left despite its problems. That doesn't mean we're not going to prioritise fixing its problems. Let the right fix its own.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 19m
Peter is my dear friend. He is a huge-hearted man who regularly opens his house to people down on their luck & focuses much effort on causes to help the homeless & addicted as well as prisoners. I don't give a fuck if he has spoken to undesirable characters.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 23m
Is he? What's he done that's so influential? Yes, I'm aware we're in his orbit. Dan Arel's too unfortunately. Can't help that. Can only keep arguing for what we think is important. Not focusing on which people we should promote and which we should condemn. Go with ideas instead.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 27m
I spent years arguing against irrationalism and illiberalism in religion which brought me up against the rightwing. Now I'm regarded as an enemy of the left because I am focusing on it in Social Justice scholarship. My values & priorities have not changed.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 30m
If people aren't already convinced we need to have progressive taxes, protect reproductive freedom & anti-discrimination laws, fund the NHS better, get the CofE out of power, reinstate DLA & have no-one relying on food banks, they're not going to be by me.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 34m
I voted Labour all my life until recently and now I am a LibDem because Labour has lost its way. I am a remained in support of the People's vote. I'm not remotely nonpartisan & I don't see much to be gained from pointing out the problems with conservatism. They're always the same
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 39m
Areo is nonpartisan. I come from the socialist left which has long critiqued the postmodern left but I no longer think socialism will work. Instead we need to tax the rich more to afford nationalised healthcare and a strong welfare system.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 42m
I do care about rationalism, but I am not nonpartisan and have never claimed to be. If either of them had ever addressed the subjects I'm interested in, I think I would know more about them. I know about Peterson precisely because he does address them. Wrongly, I think.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 47m
I generally prefer not to discuss people if possible but instead focus on ideas. That's not always possible. If I express criticism of people who combine Jungian woo with bible stories and conflate Marxism with postmodernism, everyone will know who I am talking about.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 53m
I don't know if either of them have ever said anything relevant to anything that interests me, but I think I'd have heard about it. My interests are very narrow tho & rooted in evidence-centred epistemology and liberal ethics. If they don't address those, they're not on my radar.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 59m
You do also have to remember tho that not everyone is American. I know Molyneux as someone who pops up on Twitter saying crazy shit from time to time. No idea what else he does which suggests it doesn't overlap with anything I do. Same is true of Shapiro & Rubin.
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 1h
I'm not not a fan of you either. We had one frustrating conversation in which I read you as deliberately point-missing and muted you. Since then I have seen you around and gained an impression that you are actually sincere & well-intentioned and that I had judged too hastily. Sry
Reply Retweet Like
Helen Pluckrose 1h
Replying to @JesseHa83720945
Yep.
Reply Retweet Like