It is now over 24 years since the Waco massacre, and yet the name David Koresh still has the capacity to instill a primordial fear in those touched by the terrible events of April 1993. For those too young to remember, Koresh was the charismatic leader of the so-called Branch Davidian group, a breakaway from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Having ‘received messages from God‘, Koresh ordered his group to settle in ramshackle houses and dwellings on a Texan hilltop to await the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Whilst waiting for Jesus to appear, Koresh diligently got on with fulfilling another apparent commandment from God: to procreate with the women in the group to establish a “House of David” of his “special people”. Following various public allegations involving rape and physical abuse of cult members, stockpiling of illegal weapons etc., brave agents from the FBI and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) took swift action to liberate the group. The FBI and AFT were successful in freeing a full nine members of the cult from Koresh’s grasp but were sadly powerless to do anything about the remaining 76 members.
Today, many accredited commentators are wondering whether there is a new David Koresh on the scene. His name: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a Lebanese-American academic, professor of risk and probability and perhaps most famous for his book ‘Fooled by Antifragile Black Swans‘, which despite the title has nothing in common with the popular childrens’ fairy tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’.
Taleb is most certainly an ugly duckling, however, not so much due to his physical appearance but in the uncouth way he attacks many highly accredited intellectuals who have had the audacity to criticize his wacky ideas.
Take famous historian Mary Beard, for example, who was brutalized by Taleb and his Twitter pack dogs for taking the time (at no charge) to educate people on the generally accepted premise that Roman Britain was enriched by cultural diversity. Certainly this is the world of Nero, Caesar et al that is authentically represented in BBC documentaries.
Despite having a background in (and limited to) Mathematics, Probability, Risk and Ornithology, Taleb nonetheless felt competent to swim outside of his lane and critique one of the world’s most respect historians:
- He apparently believes GMO food production companies like Monsanto represent a threat to humanity and will shut down anyone on social media who dares question him. The reality is that we need efficient producers like Monsanto to address our global food needs
- He has launched attacks against New Atheists like Sam Harris, who are pretty much the coolest people on the planet, claiming that they simply do not understand religion. Taleb fails to understand that atheists like Stephen Hawking has already explained how gravity caused the universe to come into existence.
- He is criticized for wrting in intellectual gibberish, which no-one actually can make sense of. However, rather than admit to this, his disciples laud the new emperor without clothes and proclaim him as the new Isaac Newton
A full list of the concerns about Taleb are set out here.
All of these concerns would amount to little if Taleb was just a lonely eccentric in a park who drank whisky all day from out of a paper bag. The fact is that he has hundreds of thousands if not millions of slavish followers on social media. These people answer to no one but Taleb and stand ready to do his bidding. Who knows just what they would do if asked. Would they kill? Rape? Misgender trans snipers? Who can tell.
Taleb is allegedly THE black swan in society. He is thought to be highly dangerous and needs to be stopped before it is Waco all over again.