The first thing you will notice about this list of leading figures of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) is that they vary in gender, sexual orientation, race, and political affiliation. They do not form alliances based on their identities or tribal affiliation.
But they all share two distinct and (now) uncommon qualities.
First, they are willing to disagree fiercely, but talk civilly, about nearly every meaningful subject worthy of public discourse: religion, abortion, gender identity, race, immigration, the nature of consciousness.
Many of the opinions they hold on such topics can sometimes be in contrast with the orthodox opinion of their respective tribe.
Second, they are intellectually honest and thus resist parroting what’s politically convenient or politically correct.
While most of these IDWers have been more-or-less roasted by the campfire by their “tribe” and the online public at large, they have been able to find a wide audience that resonates with what they have to say. Part of this may be the fact that they are willing to voice what others think, but are too unwilling to say publicly.