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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. In Defense of Women (1918)
The American of today, in fact, probably enjoys less personal liberty than any other man of Christendom, and even his political liberty is fast succumbing to the new dogma that certain theories of government are virtuous and lawful, and others abhorrent and felonious. Laws limiting the radius of his free activity multiply year by year: It is now practically impossible for him to exhibit anything describable as genuine individuality, either in action or in thought, without running afoul of some harsh and unintelligible penalty. It would surprise no impartial observer if the motto “In God we trust” were one day expunged from the coins of the republic by the Junkers at Washington, and the far more appropriate word, “verboten,” substituted. Nor would it astound any save the most romantic if, at the same time, the goddess of liberty were taken off the silver dollars to make room for a bas-relief of a policeman in a spiked helmet. Moreover, this gradual (and, of late, rapidly progressive) decay of freedom goes almost without challenge; the American has grown so accustomed to the denial of his constitutional rights and to the minute regulation of his conduct by swarms of spies, letter-openers, informers and agents provocateurs that he no longer makes any serious protest. The American Credo: A Contribution toward the Interpretation of the National Mind (1920)
originally posted by: facedye
this was a really well executed discussion.
with that being said, for me it's absurd to see people rationalize their beliefs on the 'official story' of 9/11. he as a skeptic should be skeptical of political leaders taking charge of what should be publicly run and requested investigations.
he should be skeptical about the 9/11 commission report. why claim that you look for the evidence and then dismiss the strange and objectively unfinished case of building 7? as a man of science, why dismiss basic newtonian principles of motion in building 1 and 2?
i'm sure we all have our opinionated weaknesses, but it's crucial to strive and not have them cloud your judgment when something so obviously ominous and declared occurs.
anybody who thinks 19 saudi hijackers pulled that off is telling themselves the greatest joke of their lives.
originally posted by: NewzNose
a reply to: JesseVentura
NO ONE is taking my guns. I don't have one but uphold my right to bear arms. 9/11 was a lie to cause instability in the Middle East. The phrase climate change or global warming has zero to do with weather. It is the climate of the haves against the have nots; same for warming...to get the have nots to warm up to shifting sides.
They can try to control our guns. I have a critical illness that will take me into ascension soon enough so I will go down in a blaze of glory.
originally posted by: JesseVentura
I take on skeptic Michael Shermer, author of the book “The Moral Arc,” on 9/11 and other conspiracy theories: what separates fact from fiction? I go head-to-head with Shermer on a variety of hot topics, including the official 9/11 report, climate change, and gun control.
originally posted by: JesseVentura
on 9/11 and other conspiracy theories