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Sat Aug 22, 2020, 05:43 PM

16. The purposeful destruction of public education over the last 50 years plays a big part in this.

This kind of thinking has always been around. There are parts of the human brain and elements of our biochemistry that readily respond to these impulses -- just look at the gleam in that guy's eyes; he's getting endorphin rushes just talking about it.

You can easily trace it back through history. The Greeks considered the Oracle at Delphi as hard evidence of God's Intent. Medieval Europeans knew the Jews were responsible for bubonic plague. The gleam in that guy's eyes is EXACTLY the same gleam in the eyes of the the Brownshirts and the Teutonically-guided Waffen SS. Once mystical thinking sets in it festers and grow until it meets the harder truths of Darwinian physics, at which point a lot of people suffer and die. Over and over and over again in human history, this same crap. Everywhere, in every culture.

Then along came science and reason. First as a sliver of the population in hiding, then as a civil movement, finally as power. The United States grew into a science-based civil society because unlike any mystical belief, science works, and it works repeatedly. But it's not an easy path -- it takes hard labor, and rigorous devotion to developing skills like critical thinking and systems like honest peer review. Wherever it blossoms it grants enormous power to the society that embraces it -- there is nothing more impressive and impactful on planet earth than groups of individuals sharing information subjected to the acid-bath of reason-based analysis.

However, this difficult path also leads to new social truths that are uncomfortable and degrading for generational monarchies that have wielded great power in the past through control of large populations built on carefully-designed mystic systems. Conservative economic monarchies in the US seeking to shore up their fading power have struggled and succeeded to some extent in defeating one of the most powerful forces for human advancement ever devised -- the public education system.

If a child is not taught how to parse information, how to rigorously test, verify, and judge fact -- they become amenable to the return of mysticism, which makes them easy targets for the same well-worn methods of control practiced by so many going back to the earliest primates. They fall into tribalism, religious fervor, the embracement of violence, caste systems, resignation of individual value to charismatic leadership --

"There's some much out there that I don't even know what I think," the young idiot with the gleaming eyes says in the video. He doesn't know what he thinks because he does not think. He's not really studying or analzying or attempting to verify anything. He's got a cable runnning into the back of his brain that feeds him a steady stream of endorphins, and that's all that's left of him.

That's the real conspiracy. Period.

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