The reflexive contrarian attempts to put a minus sign in front of whatever it was that was said by the mainstream, with the assumption that the mainstream is always wrong. This doesn't work for myriad reasons, but, in particular, the reflexive contrarian is under the control of the mainstream because they are reflexively simply negating them at all times. Very often, the most actually heterodox and difficult thing for somebody who's in that space is to say, "I actually think that the mainstream is correct about something. They may have gotten there through means that I don't approve of." But this first principles thinking is very tough.