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Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:07 am

AUGUST 5, 2014
Is Thinking Obsolete?
Blame political correctness and the “intelligentsia.”

By Thomas Sowell

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.

Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.

Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?

Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important?

Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.

In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.

It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally “illegal immigrants.”

Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.

Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether they, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.

The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”

Back when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases.

Even on the less contentious issue of minimum-wage laws, there are the same unthinking reactions. Although liberals are usually gung ho for increasing the minimum wage, there was a sympathetic front-page story in the July 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the plight of a local non-profit organization that will not be able to serve as many low-income minority youths if it has to pay a higher minimum wage. They are seeking some kind of exemption.

Does it not occur to these people that the very same thing happens when a minimum-wage increase applies to profit-based employers? They, too, tend to hire fewer inexperienced young people when there is a minimum-wage law.

This is not breaking news. This is what has been happening for generations in the United States and in other countries around the world.

One of the few countries without a minimum-wage law is Switzerland, where the unemployment rate has been consistently less than 4 percent for years. Back in 2003, The Economist magazine reported that “Switzerland’s unemployment neared a five-year high of 3.9 percent in February.” The most recent issue shows the Swiss unemployment rate back to a more normal 3.2 percent.

Does anyone think that having minimum-wage laws and high youth unemployment is better? In fact, does anyone think at all these days?

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384582/thinking-obsolete-thomas-sowell
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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby Spider » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:46 am

Why bother thinking? When you can just parrot Maher or Rush in order to be cool with your social group.

Political witch-hunts and extremism are killing individual thought. You can be pro-life, but if you agree with Obama's amnesty then you're a dirty liberal, worthy of nothing but scorn, kicked out of the club. You can be be for a minimum wage hike, but if you agree with the alaskan pipe-line being built youre a greedy corporate pig.

Basically, march in line with the party on all things, or you don't get to be in the club.

Pretty soon we won't just have the option for straight ticket voting, it'll be the only option.
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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:59 am

Spider wrote:Why bother thinking? . . . Pretty soon we won't just have the option for straight ticket voting, it'll be the only option.


Not far over the horizon is the possibility that the government undertake a bold experiment in democracy. It will assess the likely political preferences of you and your demographic group, count the total number of people in each of the various groups it has identified, and then publish the results as a binding expression of THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

No need to go through the hassle of passing laws through legislatures, the government will have all the authority it needs to get things done. What could be more democratic that that???
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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby Spider » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:28 pm

Sweet! Maybe it can just tabulate my political preferences from my likes and dislikes on Facebook...
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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:40 pm

Spider wrote:Sweet! Maybe it can just tabulate my political preferences from my likes and dislikes on Facebook...


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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby Shinigami » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:22 am

Yay another National Review article. #Sarcasm.
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Re: Is Thinking Obsolete?

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:37 am

Shinigami wrote:Yay another National Review article. #Sarcasm.


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