Dennis Prager’s answer: “No document in world history so changed the world for the better as did the Ten Commandments.”

 

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The American schools [have] succeeded in reducing the public’s intellect to the level of the perceptual beast. It happened when classrooms encouraged students to approach gaining knowledge of the world through their “feelings”. The world naturally does not make sense to someone who processes their scattered observations of the world through their emotions because they do not know how to put together the data they observed into structured logical thoughts. And like a lost animal incapable of making sense of the world around it, that person lashes out like a beast because the world is unintelligible around them.

Here is how we ended up with our current state of toxic political discourse where we are just one level away from outright violence. Should it surprise anyone how Twitter is the platform of choice for the most unthinking of us? It is after all the tersest and most fragmented form of discourse where its 280 character limit primes the stage for those who are the most intellectually lazy.

https://medium.com/@s.g.cheah/civility-on-the-decline-a-crisis-in-free-speech-and-violence-d104e6939757

The short answer is no.  It is a free market with a lot of welfare supported by high taxes for all (including the poor) and privatized service providers (including pensions).

Here is a short summary of a good documentary on the subject:

 

And here is the full documentary:

 

Sorry, Bernie and Alexandria.

The lesson from the American Civil War and the French Revolution, the rise of Nazism in Germany or of Bolshevism in Russia, is not that clear majorities of partisans and countless news junkies are needed to foment extremism and tear apart a country.  Instead, it is that zealous and sometimes warring tiny minorities can escalate tensions, nullify opposition, and bully the silenced majority to sanction–or at least not object to–the violence by which they eventually make their illiberal agendas go mainstream. – Victor Hanson Davis, Historian

If we do not cherish and care for our freedoms – speech, assembly, religion and others – we will lose them.  If we do not respect and defend our protections – rule of law, enforcement of public safety, decorum and civility – we will lose them.  If we no longer value and support the individual within the tolerant protection of the group, we are all lost.  In short, we have a Republic if we can keep it.

 

Nonsequitur: Caravans

October 22, 2018

 

Question: Can you sympathize without losing your ability to understand the high costs of ignoring rule of law and limited public resources?