Talab tweeted this:
The disease of the 20th C. is utopianism, that of the 21st is hypernaive utopianism: Libertarianism, Wokism, Cryptoism, Techno-salvationism etc. are identical in spirit to Communism.
#Antifragile, a Burkian antiutopian manifesto is used by bitdiots to justify crypto-utopianism.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 3, 2022
One of these is distinctly unlike the others. I’m sure you can guess which one. That would be wokeness. Notice how he lumps wokeness with the others, because he is trying to deflect any sort of association with wokeness, which as he correctly perceives, is unpopular. Yet at the same time, by lumping wokeness with a bunch of things that are anti-woke, he does not risk losing too many of his woke followers which he gained during Covid and Ukraine. If he came out and said he is woke, which would at least be honest on his part, he would lose probably most of his non-woke followers (who haven’t yet caught on to the fact that Taleb is obviously woke) and his intellectual credibility would take a hit.
This is probably why he is quiet about the overturing of Roe v. Wade, having not tweeted about it despite it being one of the biggest stories of the year, yet he tweets endlessly about Bitcoin, Ukraine, and inflation. If he came out in support of abortion rights (which is his true belief), that would remove any pretense of being un-woke given his positions on Ukraine, Covid, and everything else. But tweeting in opposition of abortion would also alienate all his new woke followers, so the best choice is to not tweet at all about it.
Here are just a handful of many tweets that confirm Taleb is woke (any one of these alone is not sufficient, but believing all of them indisputably makes him woke):
No. Masks are effective. Block psychopaths.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) February 23, 2022
Masks work, and if you disagree you’re a psychopath. Very convincing argument. Even the left-leaning SF Gate concedes mask mandates don’t work.
This tweet about Ukraine, Putin, Trump, and vaccines…all in one:
So the same pple who believe that Trump won the election, weightlifting combined with hydroxychloroquine, cures Covid, masks and vaccines don't work but are part of a plot to subjugate citizens, & Bitcoin solves everything, now believe that Putin may have a point in Ukraine.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) March 12, 2022
Solidarity for multi-millionaire musicians against ‘Covid misinformation’:
Respect for Neil Young.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) January 27, 2022
Regarding Elon Musk’s plan to buy twitter:
Letting Twitter become the mecca for Covid psychopaths, bitcoin loonies, alternative medicine quacks, Russian agents, & promoters of sinister racist theories, will destroy the value of the platform.
When I buy @TheEconomist I do not expect Fox News.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) April 25, 2022
Celebrating the cancellation/de-platforming of Stefan Molyneux:
Charlatan @StefanMolyneux promoted quackeries as scientific facts (incl country IQ) to >1 million YouTube subscribers.
Includes episode abt me.
His Youtube was cancelled.
Don't tell me it was about science. There is no "science". It's about hate.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 4, 2020
Taleb’s stance on IQ, overall, is consistent with the left.
And finally defending BLM:
The essence of #BLM is that African Americans are mistreated, & that imbecile Mark Manson trying to gerrymander with other origins is insulting (BTW the census classifies all Mediterraneans as white).
This is vicious. It is about a community that continues to suffer.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) June 25, 2020
Again, any one of these alone is insufficient. There are plenty of conservatives who support Ukraine or who are skeptical of IQ research/HBD, but combined he checks all the boxes for wokeness.
Before Covid, in 2018-2019, I suspected he was woke when he criticized IQ research, Quillette magazine, and Stefan Molyneux. His attacks on Steven Pinker, and themes of Hume, Rousseau, and Popperian philosophy in his writings are suggestive of a form of liberalism, that is an antecedent of the left today. Anti-rationalism and skepticism stands in contrast to moral and epistemological rationalism. To deny the existence and importance of hierarchies (such as hierarchies arranged by competence, IQ, or other attributes) or to accept the limitations of knowledge or to deny epistemological certainty, is no different when the left insists that characteristics such as race or gender are not absolutes or are social constructs.
If he just came out and admitted to being woke he would lose some followers, but at least he would not have to keep pretending that he’s guided by higher intellectual principles when he’s just a mouthpiece for the left now.