Paleo Retiree writes:
Jim Kalb’s recent piece about the 1960s is an enlightening one, even for a reader with no interest in the Catholic angle. Great passage:
The ‘60s claimed to be about liberation. In fact, they were much more about the rise of a new ruling class of experts, managers, and media people. That class, which is still with us, has some unusual qualities. The most notable is that it denies that it is a ruling class, and claims instead to be a neutral means through which expertise, rational administration, and the machinery of publicity help people attain their goals. Our rulers today tell us they are here to help us: to educate us, free us from the prejudices of the past, let us know what we really want, and make sure we all get it. They claim their power is liberating, and back up the claim by pointing to their suppression of authorities that compete with them, such as family, custom, religion, and traditional hierarchies. If we can go shopping, play video games, surf the Internet, and sleep around, and we don’t have to listen to Mom, Dad, or the Pope, we must be free. Aren’t suppression of incorrect thoughts and safeguards like the Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) mandate worth having to protect that?
For my money, Jim Kalb is one of the most incisive and daring thinkers to have emerged during the blogging years. I did an interview with him back at my old blog: Intro, Part One, Part Two, Part Three. It’ll likely give you a lot to wrestle with. Jim blogs here. So which will it be — the blue pill or the red pill?
Bonus alt-right link: