David Berlinski

It's only fitting that I dedicate my 100th blog post to the great David Berlinski; mathematician, writer, polymath and probably the single most dangerous heretic alive today.

With a fiercely talented and mathematically trained mind, Berlinski has earned the scorn of establishment academia as he questions the most basic assumptions upon which disciplines such as physics and evolutionary biology currently rest. The reason he is such a threat to the status quo is that he identifies and calls out the articles of scientific faith which are cunningly disguised as settled he's just a lot smarter than they are.

Perhaps being the child of Holocaust refugees has something to do with Berlinski's uncanny ability to sniff out patterns of thought and systems of belief that masquerade as established scientific principles, despite their being nothing of the kind. Probably the best example of this surgical separation of what we know from what we think can be found in The Devil's Delusion, Berlinski's masterful deconstruction of “scientific” atheism. As a secular Jew, Berlinski doesn't argue for or against the existence of any First Cause or Creator; instead he merely exposes the many, many questions left unanswered by astrophysics and evolutionary biology by deflating their claims to know an awful lot more than they actually do.

This is why Berlinski invokes the ire of so many “rational” people within the scientific community: he dares to confront academia's pontificating pomposity as it ironically assumes the role of a modern priesthood, pronouncing its rationalist writ on anything and everything it encounters, no matter how preposterous and illogical its verdicts might seem. Berlinski's forensic assault on our modern religion of rationality is often discomfiting as it lays bare the startling inadequacy of so many ideas we merely assume to be unassailable.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

If ever there was a walking, talking exemplar of courage today, then surely that description befits Somali born Ayann Hirsi Ali.

As a victim of female genital mutilation and former Islamist sympathiser, Ali has dared to incur the wrath of both Islamists and their many apologists as she fearlessly calls out the breathtaking double standards of mainstream Western politics. Hounded by both those outside the law as well as those who make it, Hirsi Ali has fearlessly campaigned for the reform of Islamic doctrine, particularly in relation to the issue of women's rights. She is also a thorn in the side of a contemporary feminist grievance culture as she constantly calls out their hysterical denunciation of an incorrect word or an advertising campaign, while highlighting their hypocritical silence when it comes to women's rights in Islamic communities.

Fleeing to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, Hirsi Ali has lived under constant threat of violence from one source or another for the better part of twenty years. That threat became all too real when her colleague Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004. Hirsi Ali had written the script for his controversial film entitled Submission (2004), which is a short but hard hitting critique of the condition of women in Islamic societies.

Despite living with constant security, Hirsi Ali has continued to highlight the repressive conditions endured by many women across the Islamic world and increasingly in the West, while fearlessly calling out the sustained conspiracy of silence involving far too many over-privileged women's advocates.

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The future has already arrived, although few people seem to have noticed.

Despite what many pundits are writing in the popular press, the publication of Boris Johnson's much discussed letter to Donald Tusk is much more than some bombastically blonde breed of megaphone diplomacy. The story behind its appearance is much bigger and its roots run far deeper.

When viewed alongside Donald Trump's lively Twitter feed and Matteo Salvini's Facebook livestreams, Johnson's letter and his recent People's PMQs are part of a newly emerging normality.

Welcome to the new guerrilla politics!

With the BBC being caught out for its blatant dishonesty during the European Elections and details of the former Chancellor's Brexit sabotage still emerging, Johnson knows he can't trust the mainstream media or the Civil Service to represent his views or interpret his instructions objectively. As a result he is one of an increasing number of politicians taking to the internet and engaging directly with the electorate to bypass the selective filters and increasingly obvious agenda of the corporate media sector. It also affords politicians of all stripes the chance to fight back with some long overdue criticism of the mainstream media machine. The bus hiding behind Johnson's shoulder during PPMQs is my personal favourite.

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Dave Rubin

Kicking off this series honouring modern-day dissidents, heretics and dangerous thinkers is the always thoughtful, always affable and genuinely curious Dave Rubin. Condemned by louder sections of the chattering classes as some sort of gateway drug to political extremism, Rubin is one of the most popular and laid-back linchpins of a cultural phenomenon which has become known as the intellectual dark web.

Describing himself as a classical liberal, Rubin's philosophical and political journey has been followed and replicated by thousands of men and women throughout Western society over the last two decades. The numbers are climbing by the day.

As a one-time panellist and contributor for the extremely progressive Young Turks Network, Rubin has spoken at length about his personal development from progressive firebrand to fierce critic of identity politics and passionate defender of individual rights. Always thoughtful, kind and intellectually curious, his long form interviews on the Rubin Report are some of the most watched, commented on and beloved political content on YouTube, although he's also branching out onto other platforms such as Bitchute because not even an openly gay married man is safe from the ideological outrage mob that stalks our society in search of victims to lynch and lives to ruin.

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Brandon Straka

Brandon Straka has become something of a living meme since the US election of 2016. Like many Democrat voters and avid Clinton supporters, Straka was not only disappointed at the election result; he was also bewildered, angry and afraid. As an openly gay man, Straka was convinced that the US had taken a sharp turn towards state sponsored oppression and bigotry. Like hundreds of thousands of others, he believed that he was in great danger following the 2016 electoral upset.

Prior to the election, Straka was pretty much a run-of the mill, box ticking American liberal, and it was those professed values of inclusivity and compassion that led to his now famous #WalkAway journey. Although he was doing the usual crying and condemning on social media following the Trumpocalypse, Straka possessed enough self-awareness to realise he must've missed something really big to be so badly blind-sided by Clinton's defeat.

So began his quest to understand why millions of ordinary Americans had voted for a man the mainstream media had declared officially off limits due to his racism, bigotry, misogyny and stupidity. What was happening? Were all these voters just dumb, easily fooled, or were they all just secret racists?

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By now, even the microscopic life outside of our solar system has heard about the Jo Brand acid joke controversy.

Claims and counter-claims surrounding freedom of expression, incitement to violence, political correctness and media hypocrisy have been churning around editorial pages for several days now.

The BBC have defended Brand's statement, although she herself has since issued a public apology. It seems that BBC editors have no problem with what she said, even though she herself wishes that she hadn't said it. How much of that public contrition is genuine is anybody's guess and irrelevant anyhow.

The fact that the BBC saw fit to broadcast Brand's words on a pre-recorded show has been highlighted as proof positive of the Corporation's double standards when it comes to policing the speech of its staff and presenters. Piers Morgan, among among many others, has been loudly pointing out that the beeb didn't hesitate to axe Danny Baker for sending a crass tweet about the Duke & Duchess of Sussex's newly born son, yet actively defended a presenter who, at the very least, finds some comedic value in the idea of those she disagrees with suffering life changing injuries.

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