Interview with Rebel Wisdom
On China, Ukraine, culture wars, and more
Rebel Wisdom has published an interview I did with them on their Substack, which you can read here.
Rebel Wisdom is a really interesting UK-based group, founded by BBC & Channel 4 filmmaker David Fuller and the writer and podcaster Alexander Beiner, which has been putting out great media content for years now. (Many may be familiar with the excellent documentary of Jordan Peterson they produced in 2018, which was one of the first serious looks at the man.) Until now they’ve largely focused on filmmaking and live events, but have recently started their Substack to feature more written content, so be sure to check that out in addition to their main website.
Overall, Rebel Wisdom describes their work as “centred on the conviction we are seeing a civilisational-level crisis of ideas, as the old operating system breaks down” – a notion to which I obviously relate.
The war seems to have quickly become what Scott Alexander calls a “scissor” event – one that splits people apart into totally different polarized realities, where each is incredulous that the other side could possibly believe differently. That is to say that I already know many people will disagree about what I have to say here about Ukraine and China. But, as a reminder, I am unwisely working on an essay of much greater length and nuance on this topic, so please save your insightful critiques and angry emails until then. Just think of this as something of a partial preview.
Anyway, head over to Rebel Wisdom to read the interview in full, along with Alex’s reflections, and check out their other work as well.
Oh, and a final thanks to Alex for the “laudable act of cultural generosity” of keeping my superior American spelling throughout.