Know Jack #385 Home on the Range
"Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control."
~ Calvin Coolidge
Socrates urged listeners to “know thyself”. The best way to do this and preserve our integrity is to shut out all that questions our opinions and beliefs. This is true on a national scale as well.
Not long ago, Americans were hammered with the catchphrase, “Follow the science”.
It sounded good until we were instructed to follow it blindly and never question the findings. That sounds incredibly like what those who trust in science mocked Christians for doing. Would that make them hypocrites? Oh, no, because it was science they were quoting and everyone knows scientists don’t lie, not even to keep their grants.
When the unquestioned science began to fall apart, governmental agencies violated their own rules to prop it up, and dissenting voices were shut out of the public forum. It has since become the norm to denigrate any opinion that dares question the pronouncements of the government and the media. Intolerance of opposing ideas is considered essential to a proper higher education. It is the official policy of some universities. Developing minds must be protected from “wrong” thinking while on their way to what amounts to a participation trophy.
Disinformation boards and community standards are bringing public information under ever tighter control where never is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day.