President Trump just gave ISIS its new name: Losers. (Short for Evil Losers). If you think that’s no big deal, you’re wrong. It’s a big deal. This is – literally – weapons-grade persuasion from the most powerful Master Persuader of our time.
In an email to fellow faculty yesterday afternoon, a committee of Wellesley College professors made several startling recommendations about how they think future campus speakers should be chosen. If implemented, the proposals by the faculty Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity would have a profound impact on the quality and quantity of voices Wellesley students would be permitted to hear. (...) While paying lip service to free speech, the email is remarkable in its contempt for free and open dialogue on campus. Asserting that controversial speakers “impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley,” the committee members lament the fact that such speakers negatively impact students by forcing them to “invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.”
This is short and easy. It is also important and instructive. The schooling systems deliberately dumb students down. Celebrated former teacher and present day advocate and author offers to us that a sign of a well-educated mind is one that can make connections and is connected to four different things. The four things are thus: Connection to Different Human Styles, Connection to Complex Experiences, Connection to Intellectual Ideas, and Connection to Itself (i.e. self-knowledge)
Yes, the narrative of the “new normal” has been around for so long now that many people have simply grown used to it. The assumption is that the fiscal “new normal” has become the fiscal “normal,” and though the fundamentals continue to strain under the weight of poor global demand and historic debt levitated by extraneous fiat stimulus, the masses feel far less fear than is warranted. Hey, why should they? We’ve managed around eight years skating on thin ice, why shouldn’t we expect eight more years of the same? The banking elites have done the job they set out to do, which was to drive the economy to the very edge of the financial cliff, and then keep it suspended there until the general public became comfortable living next door to the abyss.
At long last there is a MAJOR competitive narrative to organization of human beings and ways of life. At long last, the vice-like grip that mainline, entrenched institutions and organizations and persons is weakening, even considerably. For as many problems as globalism surely presents, it would perhaps be seen as a positive that at last competition emerges and opportunities for convalescing changes sprout. Many do not see it this way. The basic boilerplate rejoinder to the Americanism statement or something akin to it seems to be the following: HEY…I DON’T LIKE THAT GUY…AND AMERICA IS RACIST!