By Keith Nobles
Let’s be honest, social media is kind of a sewer in a lot of ways.
The volume of bullshit that gets spewed is immeasurable.
I spend the bulk of my day in front of a computer so it is easy for me to gather a thought and type it out. Since a great deal of what I do is at least tangentially connected to the kinds of thoughts I post on Facebook or Twitter, it is natural.
The responses to some of these thoughts are simply astounding. The level of hyperbole, nonsense, propaganda, obviously fake news, false equivalencies and so on – just astounding.
What was that Mark Twain said? Something to the effect of it is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled?
I do often get back, mostly privately, people telling me ‘keep going, people need to hear this’. Sometimes I am quite surprised by whom tells me that, not the people you may assume. That people feel they can only tell me this privately and not publicly is indicative of the level of abuse and punishment they know they will receive for openly speaking their mind in todays culture.
Politics is downstream of culture and our politics are full of bullshit because our culture is. People will buy into the most absurd things without questioning them in the least. People who ostensibly are well educated spewing nonsense.
Identity politics has truly poisoned the well. Many many people no longer gauge things on if they are true but on if the source is on ‘their side.’
Things that one might think a reasonably bright six-year old could determine are not true people will fight to the death to maintain – because it came from ‘their side.’ They will do this because if it is not true then they have been made a fool of – and in this day and age that is not an acceptable outcome no matter how big a fool one is.
Of course the essence of this entire cultural motif is actually anti-knowledge, anti-education, anti-enlightenment.
This argument only works in dire ignorance. It only works if people choose to voluntarily remain in a state of ignorance. Of course the propaganda proclaims that people are not ignorant but woke. This is the absurdity of it all, that to be woke means eschewing knowledge in order to maintain that status.
Countless times I have suggested to those spewing the bullshit to go read The Federalist Papers or The Road to Serfdom or Basic Economics and been flatly told there is nothing to learn from such works because they have already concluded these works are false or wrong or what ever. And how did they conclude that? Well, inevitably someone told them.
If you have bought into a cultural model that prohibits and discourages your acquiring knowledge that might be a major league hint that you have bought into bullshit. Of course the arguments these people make are always premised on falsehoods because they are inevitable just repeating what someone else told them about the constitution or von Mises or Hayek or Sowell or what ever. They are unwilling to make the effort to actually understand the logic and principles that they oppose – they simply repeat bullshit someone else told them.
Somehow they have concluded, despite all evidence and history to the contrary, that being ignorant is an advantage and eschewing knowledge leads to a superior solution.
The same people also typically conclude that unless someone is forced to do something at the point of a gun then no one will do it.
“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” ― Frederic Bastiat, The Law
Do you not grasp that insisting that people will not do the right thing unless it is at the point of a gun is an indictment if your character and not mine?
Think about it.