We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When I began my professorial career in the late 1960s, social scientists were wildly optimistic. University-based brainpower would soon banish poverty and eliminate crime; assist former African colonies to create peaceful, thriving democracies; virtually abolish war; and, with just a little extra effort, put an end to racial injustice and then help women achieve self-fulfillment by freeing them from employment discrimination and male chauvinism. And this was only the beginning.
Needless to say, conspicuous failure is everywhere, but rather than confess their social-engineering ineptitude, academics have gravitated to what George Orwell called Crimethink: “The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc [English Socialism], and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short . . . protective stupidity.”
...or, "willful ignorance". RW discusses the use of the word 'controversy' --as opposed to the honest truth of what the word means. This is the leftist MSM calling card; it's how it non-reports that which must be mentioned or else call attention to the organization's fraudulent claim to being a 'news' organization.
I can claim to be God, and a reporter can say that whether I'm God or not is 'controversial'.
Excellent, as usual. Reminds me of a certain young lady here who often reminded us of McLuhan's "the medium is the message". Academia sorts itself out the same way as the press, far as I'm concerned, no 'controversial' distinction there, either, long as you're on the 'right' side. Though that's a little different from what you were talking about.
We're in the midst of a 'stupid' period here, based on power and greed for more power, in the US. The media taking us down about 10 to the 20 from where basic common sense would have us. Which is the thing, common sense being crushed into oblivion by... 'Academia'.
Truly. I'd trust my, now deceased, 90 year old, 160 acre farming by herself, bought a new Oldsmobile every year, paid her taxes, shoot you in the eye with a .45, shit in the woods grandma over any damn thing I see nowadays.