The state chair of the Texas State Board of Education of education once called the Theory of Evolution “hooey”. because of the population size and the weird way in which the board itself is elected or selected by powerful political interests, Texas has an outsized influence on the content of the entire nation’s textbooks at the primary and secondary education level. How Texas Inflicts Bad Textbooks on Us All. If you cannot win the war of ideas and truth based on your ideas and logic than, taking the Machiavellian view, such tactics can yield results – and in war winning is all. Though at the sacrifice of critical review and honor. North Carolina, a state of gorgeous beaches and birth place of Dolly Madison plans to take the war on science, and rational empiricism to new heights; they plan to make it against the law to report that the sea level may rise more than 8 inches. That is 31 inches below the one meter rise in sea level predicted by scientists to occur by the end of this century. Scientific findings to be unconstitutional. Why bother to buy some science – the usual tactic of the truth slayers – when you can start throwing people in jail for finding facts that might hurt real estate development.
“The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting—three hundred million people all with the same face.” from 1984 by George Orwell.
Some media bias is so blatant and lame – well I wish I had the talents of an editorial cartoonist. The Conservative water carriers at the Boston Herald have….gasp, found out that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is a capitalist and members of her family, goodness forbid, help each other.
The NYT columnist David Brooks is clever. He is one of the very best in the dissemination of dangerous and cruel ideas masked in coded, ever so civil language. Combine the style and the substance, or lack there of and you have a hack. While Brooks is probably the world’s best known purveyor of Conservative snake oil diluted with sugar to make it easier for the masses to swallow, he is not the only practitioner of that style. There are other members of the sub-species of the hideous and appalling ideology hidden in plain sight. Roger Kimball is another. he has jumped on an already tiresome meme. One that hopes to both rewrite history, reassigned responsibility and promote survival of the fattest cats.On culture’s role in the economy of life and the fragility of civilization.
A book called Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents will always be pertinent. Burke’s point is that whereas some discontents are part of the human condition, others are part of the conditions humans forge for themselves. It is the latter, and the pressure or intrusion of the former upon the latter, we have sought to highlight in this series of essays.
Is there something unique, or at least distinctively different, about the economic crisis that began in 2008, was supposed to have evaporated by now, but that is lingering on if not getting worse? Has the ideology of transnational progressivism made such inroads among political elites that it threatens American self-determination and individual liberty? (I think of Burke again: “It was soon discovered, that the forms of a free, and the ends of an arbitrary Government, were things not altogether incompatible.”)
While there is plenty of liberalism to be found in Edmund Burke, after Leo Strauss, Burke is among the far Right’s patron saints. When they start quoting him in that kind of overly paternal authoritarian voice of reluctant hardships to which society must subscribe, you’re being had or less politely they’re taking a piss on you. The civil tone is the semantic equivalent of a nice little lolly-pop to suck on before they explain how they just have to yank out a few teeth without Novocaine. You see a handful of wealthy elite bankers, hedge fund managers, some government regulators that looked the other way, some predatory lenders, some wealthy selfish assclowns did not cause the greatest financial collapse since 1929. Nope that was all you little peasants who collect your few hundred dollars a month in retirement benefits who can’t afford the doctor’s latest prescription. So for the good and future prospects of western civilization, you’ll have to move in under the nearest bridge. Over financial overlords do not make sacrifices, sacrifices are for peasants. How Bank of America Execs Hid Their Losses– emails show execs knowingly deceived shareholders.
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Very nice piece by Bradbury in The New Yorker, Take Me Home.
But I could not let it go. It was so beautiful, with the light and shadows dancing inside. Only when Grandpa gave me a look, and a gentle nod of his head, did I at last let the balloon drift free, up past the porch, illuminating the faces of my family. It floated up above the apple trees, over the beginning-to-sleep town, and across the night among the stars.
H/T to one of the neighbors for this video, Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again