Big money populism – exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes…
The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that’s steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics “controversy” is a case in point.
Nominations for the 2020 Oscars have been published to a chorus of criticism about lack of diversity. It’s a neat illustration of equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and the cultural degradation caused by the continued breakdown of communication and truth.
As human beings we know that FREE WILL matters. It’s one of our most prized possessions. It’s the basis of our concepts of freedom and individuality and self-identity. But what is FREE WILL if we are conditioned to only make choices that suit conventional agenda? What use is FREE WILL unless it’s exercising FREE CHOICE out of the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH?
I don’t like it when English is used badly (or lazily) in ways that – for whatever reason – get accepted into normal everyday usage. It’s good when language grows but too often it’s a case of importing one word, at the price of losing others.
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Philosophy is the poetry and metaphor; Socio-economics is the play in which we all have our parts; but reality – its fundamental nuts and bolts to which science aspires to understand – must be sold by iambic pentameter soliloquy while in practice it’s relentless, practical lingua franca prose.
It might seem like a media outlet with a 99 in 100 factually accurate strike rate is pretty good. But in a cross-referenced media landscape and a 24 hour news cycle, 99 in 100 right soon becomes 99 in 100 wrong.