Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
I came across a talk by Professor (emeritus–classics) Victor C. Hanson on the topic of the Left and equality, at least his view of it in the Left’s PC culture of today which, in my opinion, is a vastly different from the Left that existed when I was young and first voted.
He does not cite the term “black and white thinking” but I believe a good argument can be made that if one’s political view is essentially “believe this way or be damned,” as it were, with no variation tolerated, and there is a good illustration of this thinking in his presentation, it is not only a false dichotomy (only two ways) but also a dramatic reversal from the tenets of democracy that the United States manifests in the form of a democratic republic.
I believe this bit of a side-step from my current series that focuses in large part on spiritual warfare complements the series as an illustration of the war waging in the mind as well as on the political stage just now. Dr. Hanson’s talk sheds some light on certain glaring hypocrisies becoming more and more apparent to those who reject black and white thinking and maintain the importance of critical thinking.
See what you think–if you dare (need I say more in the current, volatile political climate?).
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2020
I have just reviewed this post from nearly three years ago and see that the video has been made “unavailable.”
Which makes the overarching point of the post: “If you don’t think like us we will silence you!”
But maybe I’m only caught up in some conspiracy theory resistance to (oops, is this another CT?) the black-and-white-thinking powers that be who, THIS year, have added to their ranks the street terrorists (aka brownshirts you might say, but clad in black) looting, burning, and destroying inner cities and the people’s trust in what used to be a nation by, for, and of the people, Not, as it increasingly seems, a nation hijacked by and for certain politicians particularly the ones who are permitting, indeed, arguably encouraging, the street terrorists…
Professor Hanson is sometimes silenced these days due to his clear thinking, brilliant analyses on the (sad and endangered) state of our freedoms today, and his clearly non-Politically Correct stance.
May God bless and protect him and his family.
In the meantime, friends, hide your history books and your Bibles.
There is too much truth in them for the mind-controllers, the psyops -meisters, and the totalitarians, although the useful people on the streets are usually not aware of the real reason behind their crime fests, IEDs, and terrorism.
Here’s a reminder from a post of a few months ago of what happens when the socialist-minded Regressives take control. An illustrative photograph in the opening section shows a Bible burning atop a pile of other “non-PC books” during some city-sanctioned mayhem that took place in a “peaceful protest” (as per propaganda outlets) in Portland, Oregon.
Take care, and carry on.
This is OUR time, down here.
It is up to us to make the most of it.
While we can.
Excellent! As soon as I’m finished with this comment, this is going on facebook page. Thank you.
Thank you…thank Dr. Hanson. Sadly, however, what with the addictive and mind-controlling power of “slide-by news” (140 characters or less) these days, I fear fewer and fewer people really take the time to listen to thoughtful analyses of current events and popular thought. We ignore this to our peril, however.
We don’t live in a bubble; there is nothing new under the sun, as the verse goes. Both the evil and the good that have both destroyed and lifted up whole civilizations have similar geneses, from Genesis on. We needn’t re-invent the wheel–nor destroy it–if we take time to learn from history and carefully reflect on our own in progress and then apply the lessons.
God help us.