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Why George Orwell’s Quote on ‘Self-Censorship’ Is More Relevant Than Ever – Foundation for Economic Education

Welcome to Friday’s Philosophical Foray beyond Healthcare!

Government bureaus are not needed for mass censorship. You only need people in authority willing to acquiesce to the intimidation tactics of an idea-censoring, anti-free speech mob wielding their social & professional weaponry like pitchforks.

Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.

“The above is a quotation from George Orwell’s preface to Animal Farm, titled “The Freedom of the Press,” where he discussed the chilling effect the Soviet Union’s influence had on global publishing and debate far beyond the reach of its official censorship laws.

Wait, no it isn’t. The quote is actually an excerpt from the resignation letter of New York Times opinion editor and writer Bari Weiss, penned this week, where she blows the whistle on the hostility toward intellectual diversity that now reigns supreme at the country’s most prominent newspaper.”

https://fee.org/articles/why-george-orwells-warning-on-self-censorship-is-more-relevant-than-ever/

Posted in American Independence, big government, Dependency, Economic Issues, Free Society, Leadership, Liberty, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Rule of Law, U.S. Security, Uncategorized

Watch “KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov’s warning to America (1984)” on YouTube

We must learn history. The examples Mr. Bezmenov gave in 1984 need to be studied and taken seriously; as do the 4-steps of ideological subversion. We see it playing out in our city streets today.

  • Demoralization
  • Destabilization
  • Crisis
  • Normalization
Posted in Free Society, Liberty, Philosophy, Progressivism, Uncategorized

Never Again: Charges of Race-based Collective Guilt Fueled the Murderous Ideologies of the 20th Century. It Needs to Stop Now.

We all have elements of privilege to which we are heirs. We should strive to make the most of our privilege and be worthy of it; not view it as a crime or the raison d’etre for apology.

Singling out race-based or socioeconomic privilege is NOT speaking truth to power; it is simply bigotry & racism by another name. Does a native-born Chinese individual have privilege in China because he or she knows the culture, language and has familial ties?  I would hope so.  Does a black man from a well-off family in Nairobi have privilege in Kenya?  Absolutely.  But in neither case does that privilege necessarily equate to oppression of someone less fortunate.

Likewise, laying collective guilt at the feet of an ethnic group or race or gender is inexcusable; it certainly has no place in free democratic societies which claim the individual has intrinsic value.  And laying collective guilt on members of an ethnic group or race based on sins committed by their ancestors is equally reprehensible.

The evolution and instantiation of this doctrine can be seen by examining the intellectual history of Socialists, post-modernists and Marxists. As the corpses piled up, the Neo-Marxists and their ilk could no longer defend the failed and bloody examples of communism and eugenics in 20th century.  Their response was to soften and broaden their labor/proletariat vs capitalist fight by pitting races and genders against each other in a victim-oppressor narrative.  In their view, every human interaction is just a micro power-struggle within the larger theater of oppressive dominance hierarchies.  It may look different on its face, but it is the same ideology that fueled the murderous acts of collectivists in the communist revolutions of Russia & China. As Orwell alludes to, the socialists didn’t really love the poor as much as they hated the rich.

Proponents can no longer overtly defend the record of socialism/communism in 20th century; so now they must tone down the rhetoric. The toxic ideology continues, now masquerading in softer cloth as social justice and identity politics, based on their own hierarchy of intersectionality.

Those who would indict an individual for crimes of their ancestors, based on the color of their skin, practice a sinister and malevolent form of racism that will not end well.  It is an ideology that distorts justice and shows no regard for individual sovereignty or free-will.

It’s time we learned the painful lessons of the bloody social experiments of the 20th Century.  It is time to call out identity politics, charges of white privilege and the toxic ideology that underpins it.

We can do better. We need to rediscover the sovereignty of the individual in the tradition of Chydenius, Locke and Bastiat.  Ayn Rand exposed the truth succinctly when she said, “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

Posted in emotional intelligence, Liberty, Philosophy, Progressivism, Uncategorized

Kylie Jenner Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Wearing Twists | PEOPLE.com

I realize some sociocultural shifts are relative based on trends & technology & affluence; and some are cyclical, i.e. Woodstock et Burning Man.

I try to keep up, I really do.

But I fear we’ve open the gates to a liberty-crushing “Not-so-Brave” New World.

We see recurring examples of this in the Twitter-verse, catalyzed by their apparatchik mouthpieces
in the media.

I offer as evidence, the latest crime against the Doctrine of Intersectionality:

Cultural Appropriation.

I don’t know Kylie Jenner and I’ve never seen an episode of The Kardashians.

Her Crime? Wearing her hair in Cornrow braids while being white.

Evidently, licensing of hairstyles – with all the deep meaning imbued by it – are now solely owned by certain races or ethnicities. Yet we have no clue who deemed this was so or how these groups were granted sole jurisdiction over these domains. Do they grant franchises or limited usage licenses or other exemptions? TBD, I suppose, by the same toxic ideology that created this cultural poison.

Inquiring minds want to know if same outrage would apply had she gone full Skin-head on Instagram. Would Richard Spencer be outraged? No, probably not…but I’m sure someone in the Twitterverse would have would have accused her of dog whistling to the neo-nazis.

What’s next…
Thought Crimes???

https://people.com/tv/kylie-jenner-accused-of-cultural-appropriation-after-wearing-her-hair-in-twists/

Posted in Dependency, Economic Issues, Free Society, Government Regulations, Income Inequality, Liberty, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Poverty, Progressivism, Representative Republic vs. Democracy, Tax Policy, Uncategorized, Wealth

Watch “What’s Right About Social Justice – Learn Liberty” on YouTube

If the concept of social justice simply means justice for the individuals who make up society, then it appears the utopian socialist-progressives and the libertarian free-marketeers may have some goals in common.

However, when it comes to the ways & means to achieve those goals, the ideological divide is still wide.

So maybe rhetoric on both side should always start with…

“what is the most effective strategies or economic policies to allow people to optimize opportunity and escape poverty.”

Posted in Economic Issues, Foreign policy, Free Society, Free-Market, Liberty, Nation-Building, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Representative Republic vs. Democracy, Rule of Law, Uncategorized, Unemployment

England & Europe: Never Fully Integrated | National Review

A detour into the political history of England with Victor Davis Hanson.

Historically, Britain has looked more upon the seas and the New World than eastward to Europe. In that transatlantic sense, a Canadian or American typically had more in common with an Englander than did a German or Greek.

Over the last 30 years, the British nearly forgot that fact as they merged into the European Union and pledged to adopt European values in a shared trajectory to supposed utopia.

To the degree that England remained somewhat suspicious of EU continentalism by rejecting the euro and not embracing European socialism, the country thrived. But when Britain followed the German example of open borders, reversed the market reforms of Margaret Thatcher, and adopted the pacifism and energy fantasies of the EU, it stagnated.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/england-europe-never-fully-integrated/

Posted in big government, Education, emotional intelligence, Free Society, government incompetence, Liberty, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Uncategorized

Delusion, Doublespeak, and Duplicity: Why Language Matters | Intellectual Takeout

By Jeff Minick

“Language matters.

Let’s start with some quotes from one of the masters of the English

language: George Orwell.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

And again: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

From 1984: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Some males decide they are women…In just a few years, our laws and our society in general have accepted these gender migrations as valid…In short, we accept, or pretend to accept, the proposition that Joe can become Sally.

Except for some who still have eyes to see.

In an interview on feminism and transgenderism, feminist professor and writer Camille Paglia has this to say about the transgendered:

It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warning… flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender. …

The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body (except for blood) remains coded with one’s birth gender for life.

Back to our man George:
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

This explains why Paglia in her writings and interviews sounds sane compared to many other progressives.

Some today believe that abortion should be an option up to the moment of birth…Yet these same people don’t blink when they say to a pregnant woman, “When’s your baby due?”

Why don’t they say, “When’s your fetus due?” Or to be more precise: “When does your fetus become a human being?”

To paraphrase Orwell, thought corrupts language and language corrupts thought

If we believe in free speech, but ban speakers from our universities or riot if they appear, then what is free speech?

If we believe in freedom of religion, but then redefine the word as did the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2016 – “‘the phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom”’ are nothing but ‘code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism…’” – then what does our Bill of Rights mean when it guarantees freedom of religion?

Politicians have undermined the language for decades. They call war a “police action.” An “investment in America” translates as “more taxes and more debt.” “Free education” and “free health care” means picking up the tab for some citizens while making slaves of others. “Illegal aliens” become “undocumented immigrants.” “Enhanced interrogation” is code for torture. “Collateral damage” stands for the killing of civilians during wartime. “Progressive politician” sounds wonderful – who is against real progress? – but refers to politicos looking for more power and more control over their fellow citizens.”

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/delusion-doublespeak-and-duplicity-why-language-matters