Diversity of Opinions and People

Video Bibliography

Research & References Inspiring the Hedonisia Workshops & Book Trilogy

Complementing the academic journals we cite, a deliberate decision was made to focus on video sources so the bibliography is easily accessible to everyone regardless of education level to show the diversity of opinions and people we derived our inspiration.

A Diversity of Opinions and People

A Diversity of Opinions and People

Part of the reason why we chose to broaden our research resources is that many of the divisive phrases ripping society apart today were produced or propagated by Ivy League universities. As a result, much of the modern social science and sociology research is biased towards what is commonly called a "woke" narrative.

YouTube videos of thinkers and professors provided an intellectual foundation for the Hedonisia creativity and communication projects.

Many of the discussions feature accomplished people from all walks of life. Their logic and emotional passion is much more inspiring to quote from than a scholarly journal written in dense, dry and deliberately impenetrable university jargon seemingly designed to confuse the working class.

I do not agree with everything said in the videos. For example, I am pro-choice in reproductive rights whereas one of the speakers, Zuby is not. In a free-speech society that is fine.

Despite these differences, there are threads of convergence forming a broad intellectual consensus on the values of classical liberalism with protections for diversity of thought as well as people.

In the current "culture wars" climate, I decided to divide the bibliography by social identity to reach everyone especially younger people and those recently educated at a university in the West.

For many progressives today, there is a post-modern idea of seeing the group identity of the person who is speaking before listening to the content of what they have to say. The belief is that only people from "marginalized" groups have a right to speak about their group because theirs is a "lived" experience.

My hope is that a progressive or conservative person listens to those in their social identity group from the list below if that makes them feel comfortable. Then they can perhaps go on to others on the list and see the connecting threads of thought despite the diversity of speaker backgrounds.

In traditional media, the tendency is to favor short interviews with a focus on sound bites. The effect is that TV interviews appear shallow and performative.

A deep discussion allows a person to articulate their reasons with nuance. Importantly,  these speakers speak their "emotional truths", "lived experience" and feelings supported by rationalism, reason, and facts. In an age that often values feelings more than facts, this is a powerful combination.

The number of social identities is ever-growing so this list is be no means exhaustive. These discussions are just a sliver of each individual's range of thought on the subjects of racism, DEI, woke, gender relations, and many more of the issues dividing so many today.

There is a spectrum of identities and opinions with a lot of overlap and convergence.
Mojo Mustapha

UK & US African Born Women

Straight White Western Women

African American Women

Jewish Women

African American Males

Straight White Men

Women of Muslim Background

Trans Women

Detransitioned Persons

Lesbian White Women

Asian Women

Gay White Men

Gay Black Men

Asian Men