Two flew over the cuckoo’s nest | Salim Mansur

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Apr 112020
 

The current drastic measures to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have people so much on edge that it is difficult to believe that we can come out of this unscathed psychologically and culturally.

Since 2001 most of us, especially those born since then, have become inured to a culture of surveillance but, with the current pandemic, we seem to be entering into an informant culture where everyone is suspected to be a possible bio-weapon.

Professor Salim Mansur likens our current predicament to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with only a few of us realizing that we are in an institution for the insane.

This is a precarious time where the West’s very culture of individual freedom is in peril of being lost forever. Our situation is made all the worse since we are tacitly committing ourselves into an asylum of our own making.

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Globalism and why Johnny is a Marxist | Salim Mansur

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Apr 032020
 

All political and cultural movements begin with an idea. In the case of globalism, that idea is Marxism.

The educators of the Western world over the past 75 or more years have, in various ways, made the ideas of Karl Marx part of the standard curricula of our public school systems and universities. The result is that we now have a population that is significantly illiterate, unable to reason, incapable of logic, ignorant of science, and unable to think independently.

Because of this dumbing down of the West people consequently find it easy to believe that CO2 is a pollutant, that Michael Bloomberg, who spent 500 million on his campaign, could have just given every American one million dollars, and that there are 63 genders.

Salim Mansur of Western University explains the process by which Marxists have, over a period of decades, infiltrated our academies of learning and altered them into institutions of globalist indoctrination and propaganda.

(In our discussion, Salim made note of a report by Stanley Kurtz of The National Association of Scholars. That report can be found here: https://www.nas.org/reports/the-lost-history-of-western-civilization.)

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Nov 282019
 

Why Johnny Can't Think

Increasing illiteracy rates and decreasing rates of mastering common knowledge have become highly visible trends within education systems right across North America.

Millennials, in particular, have been identified as the least educated and most illiterate generation in recent history. However, this is not the fault of that generation, or necessarily of others similarly afflicted by illiteracy and its attendant symptoms. Most of the problem can be blamed on the education systems and the teaching trends followed by most schools across North America.

Moreover, it’s not just about ‘what’ is being taught (or not taught), but about ‘how’ it is being taught. Perhaps the most disturbing realization about what has been called ‘progressive education’ is that its teaching methods have been intentionally designed to interfere with and cripple students’ ability to reason. This is no mere accusation, but is the explicit and stated goal of the architects of progressive education.

While for most this is an unthinkable and sinister thing to do to children, to those intent on nurturing compliant and obedient followers incapable of resisting the forces of collectivism, it’s the perfectly appropriate thing to do. It is a practice that has been growing and gaining acceptance within public schools for the better part of the last century. More than any single cause, this practice is responsible for today’s shocking level of illiteracy and for the increasing number of young people who cannot reason objectively or think independently. Continue reading »

The fountainhead of our despair | The Danielle Metz Show 079

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Nov 132019
 


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Politics may be downstream from culture but culture gets its notions and ideas from academia. If this is so then we are headed for disaster both culturally and politically.

Join Danielle and Robert as they connect the dots from a raving university debating professor who wins his debates by shouting profanities at his opponents to the latest terrible incarnation of Star Trek to the gong show that is the Democratic presidential nomination debates.

While most political and cultural trend lines today are pointing down, to locate the source, the fountainhead, of this frightening trend, look up to the ivory towers… and despair.


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The word salad | The Danielle Metz Show 074

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Oct 062019
 

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The Left has a tactic to confuse and distract that is as old as deceit itself. To control the mind one only has to control the words.

Step by step the Left is not only redefining the discourse of society but the very way we think. Changing the term “convicted felons” to “justice-involved individuals” is just a recent example (this one from San Francisco) of how changing the words we use to describe something changes our perception of that thing.

But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet and, so too, a criminal by any other name is still a criminal regardless of the efforts of those would have us think otherwise.


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613 – A measure of happiness

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Jul 112019
 

Happiness

On the heels of a 2019 Leger Survey measuring Canada’s “Happiness Index,” pollsters revealed that while most Canadians regard themselves as being ‘happy,’ apparently Ontarians are Canada’s most ‘miserable’ people.

There has been much attention given over the years to the whole theme of happiness, how to measure it, and how to assess various national levels of happiness – as if such a measurement has some objective significance, meaning, or application. Does it? Is happiness even a ‘thing’?

In popular usage, it is clear that the word ‘happiness’ is used in differing contexts: from describing a day-to-day mood evaluation to an evaluation of life’s satisfaction.

Most dictionaries define ‘happiness’ in terms related to “the enjoyment of pleasure without pain,” – a very limited focus indeed if used as the sole standard of national ‘happiness’ measurement surveys. Continue reading »

605 – Unlocking the mystery of consciousness

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Apr 252019
 

Metacognition

It is ironic that the nature of consciousness still remains a ‘mystery’ in our age of science and technology. After all, these fields themselves required ‘conscious’ focus and effort to become credibly established. Yet, attempts to study consciousness on a scientific, medical, or technological basis only ‘prove’ that these fields of discipline are not up to the task.

Indeed, evidence suggests that many people do not even want to know or understand the real nature of their conscious being, since the answers are not always comforting, particularly when compared to long held beliefs that consciousness can somehow exist without physical form.

Some recent news headlines we examine tell the story: “Scientists spur brain activity in dead pigs” / “Does consciousness continue after the brain dies?” / and “Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?”

To understand the nature of consciousness, we find ourselves forced to rely on the disciplines of philosophy and psychology, for science and medicine have never been able to quantitatively measure or pinpoint anything capable of being studied that we call ‘consciousness.’ Continue reading »