In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.
So observes, quite rightly so, Dr. Sowell in his most recent essay entitled, “Is Thinking Obsolete?” As usual, his logic is spot on, and the deductions from it are distressing at best, at least for those of us who do think. Liberal strategy calls to for the induction of ignorance, of not thinking but only feeling. Dr. Sowell serves up another example of the disastrous consequences of such a strategy.
Case in point (emphasis added):
Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.
Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.
The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a "civil war."
Note how the strategy can be implemented. Note it and be aware of it, and ready to denounce it as stupidity on display.
Dennis Prager style:
David Limbaugh provides some serious food for thought in his essay entitled “Moral Equivalence is Usually Moral Negligence.” Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
For example, I don’t know a single conservative who supports muzzling leftist thought or speech, no matter how repugnant he may find it. Yet leftists are strongly supportive of various measures to suppress, even outlaw, conservative speech, from campus speech codes to the Fairness Doctrine. There is no way to describe this disparity in terms of moral equivalence.
I sincerely believe there is a reason liberals engage in this behavior far more than conservatives. It is because many of them believe that their ends, which they believe are vastly superior, justify their means. I’ve seen it so much that I suspect it is inherent in leftist ideology.
See the irony? Liberals, who are usually the first to throw up moral equivalency arguments when caught red-handed, are skilled practitioners at judging us – their political opponents – all the while claiming they just want everyone to get along. Through such moral shaming about moral judgments, the left intimidates conservatives from making and articulating their own moral assessments.
Go read the whole thing. It is an instructive revealing of a common liberal strategy that needs to be exposed for the nonsense it is and countered effectively in our argumentation. Then again, that does presume that liberals actually use their cognitive skills. Neuronal atrophy on that side of the fence seems to be the order of the day more often than not these days.
Thomas Sowell nails it:
We may yet become the first nation to die from a terminal case of frivolity. Other great nations in history have been threatened by barbarians at the gates. We may be the first to be threatened by self-indulgent silliness inside the gates.
Read the whole thing.