In his book How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen assures us that we Americans “… have passed through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. America has mutated into Fantasyland.”
He continues …
“Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard —letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts.
Hmmm. So, with slight modification from its original airing, the lead-in to the popular television show Twilight Zone might look like this today …
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between reality and fantasy, between science and superstition, and it lies between man’s manic depression and the summit of his inadequate knowledge. This is the dimension of moral relativism; it is an area which we call America’s Twilight Zone.
Andersen offers an interesting proposition, but then he falls into the rabbit hole himself. The problem, as he sees it, is that “we’re Americans.” We can’t help ourselves. You see, our colonial-period adoption of enlightened ideas has led us to an absurd society where people are allowed to believe whatever they want —no matter how outlandish those beliefs are. And, because most of us believe in God, we’ve come to think of ourselves as God’s chosen people; we’ve been called upon to help create a customized utopia —a place where we can believe epic dreams and fantasies; where we can indulge ourselves in magical thinking. Andersen argues that Americans are prone to believe silly ideas because we’ve evolved into a mindless society.
Yet, if we were to agree that our society is unable to make a distinction between fact and opinion, or if our Americans do tend to believe the most outlandish claims found on the internet, or texted to them on an iPhone, then we ought to develop some curiosity about how we arrived in bizarre world, but we do not make much headway in our investigation if we confine our investigation to the enlightenment period. There was certainly nothing inexplicable about our founding fathers.
It is true that there exists on the internet dozens —maybe even hundreds or thousands— of websites that offer nothing but spoofed events, unbalanced opinions presented as factual news, poorly crafted conspiracy theories, character assassinations, and blatant lies about things that might have happened 35 or 40 years ago, but which lack any corroboration. And, in spite of what we all know about these hoax sites, people believe them anyway. Why?
Perhaps we should begin our examination with our public education system —which I believe is (with first-hand knowledge) a misnomer for what is actually going on in our schools. It isn’t learning that being poured into our children’s brains: it’s brain-washing —with toxic bleach.
America’s public schools, grades K through 12 are tax-payer-funded incubators where dedicated Marxist teachers (hereafter referred to as educationalists) use instruction in the social sciences, English literature, and geography to indoctrinate students in cultural collectivism. It is a place where young people are taught to “group think,” and where at a very early age they are admonished never to challenge anything their teachers tell them. Like all good communist systems, the penalty for challenging an educationalist is shouting, public ridicule, and labeling challengers as intolerant racist trouble-makers.
Public funded brain-washing centers are where our children are introduced to moral relativism. Considering philosophical points of view is fine —if we are talking about a classroom filled with thirty-somethings, but we are talking about adolescents and teenagers whose brains, according to developmental psychologists, will not be fully formed until they reach their mid-twenties. The brain-washing of under-developed persons, who because of their inexperience are incapable of thinking in the abstract is not just objectionable —it’s downright disgusting. Teachers, whom we trust (and pay nice salaries to) to provide our children with essential learning in public schools, are abusing under-developed children for their own political purposes.
Where is the public outcry?
Kurt Andersen claims that Americans suffer from national paranoia. For example, we are afraid of the so-called deep state. But if Americans are worried about such things, is it really paranoia? The clinical definition of paranoia is that someone imagines that someone or something is out to harm them.
On the other hand, when we are able to detect the existence of affiliated policies and programs that are actually designed to destroy our society, or harm us professionally, personally, or physically, then we aren’t paranoid —and we should recall that the National Security Agency is actually monitoring our telephone conversations, people are being arrested on warrants issued by secret courts on the sole affirmations of government investigators, dossiers are actually being conspiratorially manufactured against political rivals, nuclear material really is being sold under the table to foreign entities, and people who are guilty of breaching national security are actually being let off the hook simply because they are part of the political elite.
We do not imagine that there are two sets of laws in this country —there really are: those that apply to you and me … and those that pertain to members of the privileged class. To my way of thinking, these are not examples of paranoia; there are plenty of reasons for America’s uncertainty about its future.
Awful things are going on in our country today, and much of this is political. While I have disdain for America’s political system, one party in particular goes out of its way to shower Americans with false and misleading information. I think it was Vladimir Lenin who once said that a lie told often enough eventually becomes a verifiable truth.
A reasonably thoughtful person should conclude that there is a purpose to inculcating our children with moral and cultural relativism, for flooding our society with false and misleading information: to fool and manipulate the not-so-bright among us (the beneficiaries of brain-washing centers). This purpose is to strengthen a Marxist agenda, which includes duping voters into supporting closet Marxists for political office.
Again, I wonder … where is the public outcry?