Blog: Critical Q&A 97 - 2017-02-26

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F0.png Critical Q&A #97 February 26, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left for me in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) I've heard Aaron Smith-Levin and Mike Rinder refer to the staff of the Tampa org as "Flag rejects." What does that mean? How does one become a Flag reject?

(2) Chris, a question on critical thinking and social justice warriors (SJWs). Just recently I found myself irrationally prompting some feminists via Facebook. All I did was make a comment that asked a lot of questions because the status poster was speaking on behalf of other people, and not just describing her experience. The funny thing is: When I merely asked some questions about her claim, I was bombarded by her fellows (mostly female and some male) with an onslaught of ad hominem attacks. To "defend" their precious friend being questioned, I was subjected to an unending character assassination. It didn't bother me, but it's interesting to see. At one point a couple people even commented that I can't just rattle "Ad Hominem" as an argument. In the era of the Social Justice Warrior, where they don't follow proper rules of argument but demand that you do, how are we to initiate any sort of change, or engage in any kind of dialogue? I have always held the view that if you disagree and don't want to have a reasonable discussion about a topic, then you aren't worth my time....but now there are SO many of them that it seems we need to find a way to get through. What are your thoughts on this?