Saturday, June 5, 2010
Comments of the Day
These are all from a thread at Hot Air about how the establishment in academia feels threatened by Glenn Beck. How dare someone lacking a PHd talk about history?
As I have hammered upon… This is the key to the future. In the ancient ’70s I often crossed verbal swords with a Stalinist “student” we called Eric the Red (because his name was Eric, he had long red hair, and he was a Communist – we were very clever back then.)
Although I suspected he was a sociopath to some degree, he seemed to enjoy our conversations – and when he was backed into a logical corner would always smile and put forth the same rejoinder:
“It is mute. In 20 years we will control the universities. We will, therefore, control the little jelly minds of those going into the press, entertainment, politics and schools. We win.”
Until the universities are returned to a more neutral status, there will be new legions of little left-bots being turned out by the thousands.
maninthemiddle on June 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM
I dig Beck’s history lessons.
He said he has Ph.D on staff who helped research the horrors of communism, and she told him she was outraged she hadn’t learned any of the information when she was a student.
John the Libertarian on June 4, 2010 at 10:33 PM
We moderns have been lied to about “the Enlightenment.”
It was absolutely not a broadening of thinking, it was a sometimes violent constriction of the rules of acceptable thought. It was a purge of the legitimate achievements of the civilization that came before it.
Real intellectuals today are sifting through the ruins of pre-enlightenment thought and resourcing what is good. The frauds — i.e., most of academia — are obsessed with passing along the crap that was forced down their throats by very bad men.
As to the Enlightenment, it’s no accident that the mystics construed the source of evil in the world as Lucifer, whose english translation from the latin is basically “enlightener”, or light bringer.
jeff_from_mpls on June 5, 2010 at 8:23 AM