When was the last time you heard “Thou shalt not kill” or “Love thy neighbor as thyself” spoken by a politician, or media personality, or teacher, or even religious leader?

Why did this happen?  This is the question everyone asks when horrific events occur like those in Dayton and El Paso.  This is partly a search for a solution and partly a search for some semblance of control.  We hate to think that these killers cannot be identified and their crimes cannot be prevented.  But I’m not sure we really want to know the answer.

After the Las Vegas shooting last year, the New York Times published a piece, Mass Shooters Are All Different. Except for One Thing: Most Are Men.  I don’t take the NYT’s word for anything, so I decided to look into this.  Are there really no significant common factors for mass shooters?  I didn’t want to spend my time investigating the killers individually, so I did a very quick survey of reports on the topic.  (A number of these are summarized, briefly but well, at Statista.  You can also find data via FBI crime statistics and various Justice Department sources.)

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I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day, and my 1000th post, than by reading our country’s “Charters of Freedom” – the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and our Bill of Rights.  You can read all three here and even view photos of the source documents from the National Archives.

 

 

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Recently, Congress and the DOJ have opened investigations into anti-trust and other questionable business practices of the largest Tech firms.  But the dangers of the increasingly embedded influences of Amazon, Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc. aren’t just financial.

Deanna Fisher of Victory Girls reports that Tech Company Platforms Move into Censorship  as YouTube, Google and others are creating and using algorithms to ban content and users that they find “unacceptable” under their values.  More and more Americans are using Social Media as their primary source of news and increasingly a significant content provider for education.  This makes the gatekeeper role of self-serving and biased Big Tech a significant concern.

Even more disturbing is China’s Scary Social Credit System Made in USA by Google and Facebook, documented by PJ Media’s Roger Simon.  Big Tech has partnered with the Chinese government to track and control the general populace using social media tools.  Basically, these companies are helping build a 1984 style society (and getting paid very well for it).

UPDATE:  Apparently, Google is still hungry as demonstrated by this Project Veritas expose where a top executive verifies the tech company is working toward “preventing the next Trump situation.”  This is mirrored in an internal email from the Google “transparency-and-ethics” group (also available on Project Veritas) which states,

“…if we understand that PragerU, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro et al are nazis using the dog whistles…”

and calls for blocking them from the suggestion feature.

 

 

 

Contemporary educators are curiously insensitive to one aspect of adolescent development in particular. When immature youths with fragile impulse control get no help (e.g., firm limit-setting) from adults in authority, their control over their sexuality and aggression worsens, and they act on their impulses more often. This behavior reflects not only diminished self-control, but also an attempt to locate desired boundaries. However, neither meeting the developmental needs of students nor providing them a liberal education are primary concerns of many American academics. More important to them is inculcating students with the leftist political and cultural ideology they champion.

Richard Corradi argues quite effectively that colleges are making students crazy.  You can read his essay here: https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/24/college-professors-reason-students-crazy-people/

The primary goal of the Frankfurt School was to translate Marxism from economic terms into cultural terms. It would provide the ideas on which to base a new political theory of revolution based on culture, harnessing new oppressed groups for the faithless proletariat. Smashing religion, morals, it would also build a constituency among academics, who could build careers studying and writing about the new oppression.

Really, the best short history of Cultural Marxism I’ve read comes from Linda Kimball’s essay, Cultural Marxism.  Kimball’s writing often comes across as a bit radical because she doesn’t pull her punches.  This essay is no different which makes it all the more worthwhile reading.  You can read the complete essay via American Thinker:

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2007/02/cultural_marxism.html