The debate over double-speak has heated up to the point where leftists have actually been posting "2+2=5" without any hint of irony at all.
It began when James Lindsay, of New Discourses, posted a meme that read "2+2=4: A perspective in white, Western mathematics that marginalizes other possible values."
The meme is a send-up of the current culture wherein virtually everything is labeled as racist, white supremacist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, otherizing, shaming, or problematic. That should have been clear. It wasn't.
It led people to begin posting "2+2=5" instead.
And these were just a few of the responses justifying that a doubling of two is not equivalent to a doubling of two but a number higher than that, namely, five.
The contradiction of basic math was to claim that Lindsay and his approach to discourse is incorrect, and undoubtedly problematic. Perhaps they realize in posting that two doubled is equivalent to two and a half doubled makes them and their positions look absurd.
Those mathematicians that jumped onto the 2+2=5 bandwagon are being disingenuous when they cite complex equations and theoretical propositions. That there can be obtuse, obscure, and theoretical ways of attaining mathematical probabilities of correctness through intensive mental machinations does not negate the fact that for all practical matters, if you have two apples, and you add two more, you will have four apples.
Additionally, the missive that 2+2=5 was posted by trans rights activists, who see the equation 2+2=4 as an attack on the concept that "trans women are real women," and refuse to let logic, reason, or biology stand in the way of that. The stating of 2+2=5 is their way of saying that men are women.
The teaching of history has been called into question, as well as the foundations of America itself. Calls for that which was founded or begun with a whiff of prejudice have been deemed to be wholly suspect, and removal of said stain has been targeted for eradication. It began with statues and police, and has moved on to schools, curriculum, and the foundations of government and civil order.
The eradication of basic mathematical principles, the push for people to believe what they are told to believe as opposed to that which is logical, reasoned, and proven, is a push toward creating more manageable humans that will be more susceptible to authoritarian control.
Two plus two equals four.
And don't let anyone tell you different.
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