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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/

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Audio Blog Episode 3: James Keena, author of 2084: American Apocalypse

 

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The Role of the University: Lux et Veritas VS. Social Change – The Importance of Viewpoint Heterodoxy. Jonathan Haidt on breaking up the Axis of Outrage

“He who knows only his side of the case, knows little of that.”

– John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The Intellectual Problem: 17:1 Viewpoint Orthodoxy = Motivated Scholarship = Ideological Monoculture

The Solution: Viewpoint Heterodoxy = Institutional Dis-confirmation = Evidence-based Solutions

“The surest sign that a community suffers from a deficit of viewpoint diversity is the presence of orthodoxy, most readily apparent when members fear shame, ostracism, or any other form of social retaliation for questioning or challenging a commonly held idea.

In these contexts, it is likely that the dominant idea is not entirely correct because it is protected from challenge and change. If, however, the response to dissent is civil discussion and evidence-based argument, then the community does not suffer from
orthodoxy.

The question, then, is whether colleges and universities welcome and celebrate viewpoint diversity. While some individual institutions do (see our Guide to Colleges), many American universities are typified by an ideological monoculture.

Do you think students are “walking on eggshells” in the classroom and on-campus? Administer our Campus Expression Survey to find out.”

 

https://heterodoxacademy.org/the-problem/

 

https://heterodoxacademy.org/the-problem/

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The Long-term Effect of Too Much Information

DecisionMaking1By Robert Nelson

 

Can we have too much information?

If the universe of information is all accurate, and useful, then the the answer is obviously no; we can’t have TOO much.

But in the age of digital media projected via the instantaneous & highly portable connectivity that social networking platforms provide, the sheer amount of information is nearly incalculable; not to mention unfiltered and often unvarifiable. And nevermind the “fun coefficient”, but we’ll leave the entertainment value of the content for another discussion.

It seems that deciphering the accurate from the erroneous and the useful from the superfluous is not a uniquely modern problem; albeit one that is currently more pervasive and swift in its ability to evoke cultural change, both good and bad.

Note Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts on the issue of what we now call “fake news”.

In 1807 statesman Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter complaining about the misinformation in newspapers6

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day

Jefferson provocatively suggested the advantages of not reading the newspaper:”

I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.

Beyond the obvious requirement of source validity & fact checking, it seems that Jefferson is hinting at something a bit more universal: That some ideas can be seen as truth because they transcend time, culture and politics. We can’t be sure if Jefferson was referring to the transcendent or simply that his words reflected an optimism that the truth would eventually surface.

But whether it be Jung’s archetypes of the Collective Consciousness or the apostle Paul’s view that everyone contains an inner knowledge of the “law”, there is a theme that weaves through the history of human thought which maintains that there is objective truth apart from our own experiential being and which is self-evident if we use our senses and pay attention to how the world operates.

But back to the consequences of too much information; or more accurately, the speed at which unverified stories and unvetted ideas permeate society via agenda-driven media outlets.

When asked by a reporter about being the victim of a “fake news” story, Denzel Washington had this to say:

One of the effects [of too much information] is the need to be first; not even to be true anymore. So what a responsibility you all have to tell the truth, not just to be first…

~Denzel Washington

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Did Nietzsche Predict the Post-Modern Politically-Correct Censorship Being Peddled by the Social Justice Warriors?

“It [Politically correct legislative coercion] is resentment, and the demand for power, disguising itself most reprehensibly as compassion; and its time for the mask of that to be taken off and things set straight…” – Jordan Peterson

Because, for man to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.

Otherwise, however, would the tarantulas have it. “Let it be very justice for the world to become full of the storms of our vengeance”—thus do they talk to one another.

“Vengeance will we use, and insult, against all who are not like us”—thus do the tarantula-hearts pledge themselves.

“And ‘Will to Equality’—that itself shall henceforth be the name of virtue; and against all that hath power will we raise an outcry!”

Ye preachers of equality, the tyrant-frenzy of impotence crieth thus in you for “equality”: your most secret tyrant-longings disguise themselves thus in virtue-words! 

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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Government Will Protect Us From Bad Speech? That’s the Fakest News of All. – Reason.com

Yeah, it’s “creepy” when media companies mold and twist the news we see to please their political masters. Worse, it’s chilling when governments take the logical next step to promote speech they favor and punish speakers who anger them.

Because when politicians tell us that they’re trying to make the world a better place with censorship, that’s the fakest news of all. But here’s a bit of real news: when government officials suppress critics, they do so only to help themselves.

Source: Government Will Protect Us From Bad Speech? That’s the Fakest News of All. – Reason.com