The French philosopher Alain de Benoist wrote that there are times unsuitable for politics, when educated people should be more concerned with “metapolitics”, i.e. the dissemination of ideas.

I would add to this that it is not just a matter of spreading the ideology of the opposition, but more importantly, of getting people in the opposition to think with sufficient precision. It is precisely through inaccuracy that we succumb to propaganda or fall into our own traps. Namely, by confusing things that are similar but not the same.

  • Defending one’s country is a bit like taking part in an adventurous colonial expedition, but it is not the same.
  • When a vaccination does little to protect you from getting infected, but reduces by 95% the risk of you ending up in hospital, it is a bit like not being protected by a vaccination. But it’s not the same thing.
  • When we fight a war with maximum ferocity, it’s a bit like winning a war. But it’s not the same.

And so on.

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