Advocacy / Opinion / Politics

Defending Independent Thought – Essential

thoughtTo look forward with clarity, we must sometimes glance backward.  Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th century philosopher, wrote: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”  If that was true in his day, it is doubly true in ours.

Modern media are corrupt, modern youth unfamiliar with logic, ignorant of American and world history, blind to critical thinking. Why? Because “group think” is rewarded, sameness and conformity enforced, independent thought increasingly condemned.

The media’s talking heads and too many modern educators – often unable to think logically themselves – are afraid of differentness.  Like the Shakespearian lady who “doth protest too much,” they urge diversity as long as “differentness” is the same as what they think.

Modern media and organized educators promote those “different like them,” while seeking to silence anyone different “not like them.”  The hypocrisy is, of course, transparent.  It is also coercive, anti-democratic, anti-free speech, and pits the “collective” against the individual.

Sadly, suppression of independent thought is the hallmark of a sick, unthinking society – one increasingly underconfident in its underpinnings, ignorant of how it got to where it is, afraid of history and the future. Deep conversations get superficial, as citizens are unable to defend ideas.

In the case of American politics, media, and left-lurching educational institutions, such behavior suggests a society dangerously listing toward socialism, communism, fascism, and centralization of power – at the expense of independent thought and individual liberty.

Needed is more honest thinking, blunt (rational, even offensive) talk, restored capacity to listen, a desire to learn and seek truth – not suppress it.  Needed is courage to accept that humans see the world differently – and that is good. By listening, reading, and thinking, we inform each other. That is rational thought. The opposite is dishonest thinking, and the end of integrity.

Today, irrationality is winning.  The idea of promoting intolerance in the name of tolerance, conformity as diversity, violence in the name of peace, cancellation as open-minded, destroying history to preserve it, lack of intellectual curiosity as education is where we are.

The good news is that heartland America sees the slide – and wants to stop it.  Examples are everywhere.  Dozens of conservative writers, thinkers and speakers have been disinvited from campuses, after being invited by curious students. Leftist groups and administrators ban intellectual discourse, labeling traditional, historical, different, and diverse ideas as anti-social, unsafe, emotionally violent, triggering, or – sweet irony – intolerant.  See, e.g., https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/intolerance-threatens-us-cancel-culture-blame-liz-peek.

Likewise, teachers’ unions – tip of a a left-lurching lobby – insist on idea suppression and socialism.  Last week, the Los Angeles Teachers’ Union threatened to stop teaching unless socialist demands are met – “defunding” police (in a city with a 250 percent spike in homicides), “Medicare for all,” a “$10 billion dollar wealth tax,” and “moratorium” on charter schools (which encourage independent thought, reward merit, and offer upward mobility). See, e.g. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/la-teachers-union-demands-defunding-the-police-and-charter-moratorium-before-reopening-schools; https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/andrew-davenport/la-teachers-union-opening-schools-medicare-all-defund-police-new.

Again, the irony is acute.  Bad enough would a union holding public hostages, but children for socialist demands?  Worse, the coercing union is composed of 35,000 teachers, who will teach these values to kids.  Could anything be more offensive?  One wonders why parents and leaders do not push non-political standards for teacher certification, insisting on no indoctrination.

The most recent example of media corruption is CNN – again.  Nothing new, just emblematic.  On July 15, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered a detailed recitation of prevailing science behind reopening the nation’s schools.  She hit 19 issues, then took a question on Virginia using CDC numbers to stay remote.

Referring to case numbers, she said:  “The science should not stand in the way of this, but as Dr. Scott Atlas said – I thought this was a good quote, ‘Of course, we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations are doing it. We are the outlier here.'”  She quoted a former Stanford Medical Center neurology chief.

She expanded:  “The science is very clear on this. For example, you look at the JAMA pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than the seasonal flu. The science is on our side here. We encourage localities and states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.”  

Incredibly, CNN cast these remarks as “anti-science,” tweeting: “The White House Press Secretary on Trump’s push to reopen schools: ‘The science should not stand in the way of this.'” That CNN tweet got 30,000 retweets.  Hours later, one adding context got 700.  See:  https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-jim-acosta-kayleigh-mcenany-science.

Integrity?  Hardly.  Pushing untruth.  Obviously.  MSNBC did the same. See, e.g., https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/white-house-science-shouldn-t-stand-way-school-openings-n1234138

So, what is the point?  Integrity, liberty, and truth leak from a society that fails to defend them – and to keep government, educators, and media honest. Nietzsche was right: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” We must teach respect for independent thought – or lose the chance.

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter
and Download the AMAC News App

Sign Up Today Download

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter!

Sign Up Today
Read more articles by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
Subscribe
Notify of
64 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Ship
1 year ago

I read this morning that people are happier with NC Governor Coopers leadership during the “Pandemic” than they are with Trump. Who has shown more leadership? Really? Why is that important. Who has shown more awareness of the oath of office they took? We the people are NOT supposed to have a leader! Article 2 section 2. Trump has done everything he can to keep from imposing rules and regulations on We the People. It was the Governors who shut down the economy. It was the Governors and mayors who allowed the riots. Trump offered to help as the commander in chief, but he did NOT impose the Army on We the People. He did attempt to protect Government property and he did try to protect us from virus carriers coming from China. Governor Cooper (and many other mini tyrants) has done every thing you would expect a tyrant to do. He has ignored the rule book he swore to uphold.
 

Last edited 1 year ago by Ship
Danny Lowry
1 year ago

No truer words have I read lately. Great.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Anyone watching CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC National News and Local News, are being BRAINWASHED!!!  Almost nothing but LIES, DECEIT, and PROPOGANDA!!  Includes almost half of FOX News Broadcasts.  Turn-off Mainstream News!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Become a Counter-Revolutionary!  Demand Authority ENFORCE OUR LAWS!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

There is ONLY ONE CHOICE this November – The United States of America OR The United Soviet Socialist States of America!!!!!  Stand-up for America.  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Stand up for America!!  Buy Goya.  They are being boycotted because their CEO praised President Trump.  Give your custom to America’s friends, not our enemies such as Nike!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Our founders left Europe because of stifling regulation!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Thank God for President Trump!!  Americans, we are in the middle of a Communist Revolution!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Mickie Enders
1 year ago

 
 

Last edited 1 year ago by Mickie Enders
Greg
1 year ago

Time to go on the offense. Enough! Stop supporting these organizations that perpetuate evil. Pay close attention on who you vote for in politics. Turn your TV off more often; cancel hollywood, disney, espn, etc. Start networking/organizing around like-minded people – can’t fight this alone.

Homer C. Bosworth
1 year ago

What this author is referring to is the Double Speak George Orwell addressed in his book 1984. It is so evident reading the articles posted on MSN. Our youth are being programed by Big Brother. The Lemming mentality with group think are marching our youth toward the cliffs overlooking the raging ocean!

Homer C. Bosworth
1 year ago

 

Joanna Johnson-Smith
1 year ago

ALWAYS choose TRUTH over Political Correctness. Yes, honesty can be painful, but it is also essential in a free society of thinking people, and we are dangerously close to losing both. Do NOT be afraid to “Offend” if necessary, such as admitting what we have all known for years, such as “Young Black Males are America’s most prolific criminals”, or “Liberalism is a Mental Illness”, “There are ONLY two genders”, and so forth. These are TRUTHS, and yes, they are painful for some, but their effects can never be addressed if we refuse to face the facts surrounding them.

Magic man
1 year ago

The blm slogan on the streets is not a mural. A mural is something painted on a wall. We new Make America Great murals all over this country.

JohnH
1 year ago

Kayleigh way be good spokesperson, but hammering on Gov. of Maryland was slanting truth a lot. The Maryland Gov. said testing was not a problem there at this time cuz went out on own & bought 500,000 tests from South Korea & built Maryland lab to process tests. Appears that he made the right move, but why do not other states/feds go this route?? Testing is way to defeat virus.

JohnH
1 year ago

Independent thinking is okay, but being stubborn & saying I am right a lot more than others about Covid-19 is a big ego. Would like to see a poll AMAC on how many people think WH has done great job with virus. Today, WH is talking about cutting funding for CDC & testing. The fastest way to get schools & economy going is Nation direction to states & strong support to get testing on track. Testing is not greatest in world as Trump keeps saying. It was way behind at start & has never caught up. Why do people have to wait in line of cars for 8-10 hours to get tested & then results are days or weeks out.

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

Everyone should have their own personal opinion despite what others think! Just because you think for yourself does not mean you should be bullied, etc. Everyone having a different opinion makes thinks progress, grow, and prosper!

Walter
1 year ago

I agree with Rik. It makes you wonder with all these tragic incidents going on in our country-why Congress took a vacation. It is not President Trumps fault that the virus is here. He seems to be one of the few working on the problem. If the hypocrite Democrats have a solution to this why don’t they bring it up instead of talking bad about our President and taking another vacation. The destruction of our great cities by the radical terrorists is enough and being authorized by the weak Democratic mayors, governors, and respective city councils. When it is time to make a decision these incapable politicians are unable. They seem to support the terrorists. Its time to move our troops in to support the police and physically remove the terrorists. If you really want to stop them I believe you must use force and then go right to the source who funds them. Who the heck is voting these dumb Democratic politicians in office? And where is Biden the groundhog-I guess back in the safety of his hole.

RJ from Az
1 year ago

I don’t have a lot of years left, but when I go I can say that I lived in a era when USA was greatest nation the world had known

Phyllis
1 year ago

READ-find books by Mao Tse-Tung, Marx, Lenin And especially Stalin.-their game plan: get rid of free speech ( ie: political correctness and black balling), infiltrate education systems, get rid of religion. And last but not least-intimidate oh and NEVER NEVER give up all of the above. People who watch CNN, MSNBC are so frightened right now because they just KNOW that we’re all gonna die from Chinese Virus. PS find the books fast-because they will begin disappearing.

64
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x