Mike Wacker Ain’t Credible

I recently saw that Mike Wacker appeared on Fox Business national TV. Since he’s been putting himself in the public spotlight as a public figure, I wanted to share a thought or two based on my experiences with him. As usual, this blog and this post are a reflection of my personal thoughts only.

I’ve found him incapable of being self-critical and self-reflective in both the content of his arguments and the approaches to his arguments. This led to innumerable instances of Mike getting unnecessarily defensive in a hostile manner, criticizing everyone, and self-undermining any strength in his arguments.

For example, I read “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt at Mike’s suggestion, and I can only say that it took me levying one single criticism of Haidt and his book for him to – what I can only describe as “rage” – at me in front of a very large number of people at work. I privately challenged him to publicly apologize before contacting me again; he opted for the latter and never did apologize.

I think Mike’s general behavior is an instance of a cultural pattern of close-mindedness in America: “I believe in X and I have a right to believe in X and no one has the right to convince me otherwise.” I believe this kind of thought process leads to the path of illiberalism. To protect our liberties, sometimes we must realize that we were wrong, making a weak argument, or that there’s a stronger argument if we’re patient enough for nuance.

Intellectual humility is not a personal weakness and there’s no disgrace in losing ignorance.

Published: Aug 04, 2019 11:37:30 EDT
By: Cory Slep