NY Times : Critical Thinking Is Dangerous

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

― George Orwell, 1984

Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole – The New York Times

Glenn Greenwald sums up the state of journalism.

Thus do we have the unimaginably warped dynamic in which U.S. journalists are not the defenders of free speech values but the primary crusaders to destroy them. They do it in part for power: to ensure nobody but they can control the flow of information. They do it partly for ideology and out of hubris: the belief that their worldview is so indisputably right that all dissent is inherently dangerous “disinformation.” And they do it from petty vindictiveness: they clearly get aroused — find otherwise-elusive purpose — by destroying people’s reputations and lives, no matter how powerless. Whatever the motive, corporate media employees whose company title is “journalist” are the primary activists against a free and open internet and the core values of free thought.

The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry Suffers Several Well-Deserved Blows – Glenn Greenwald

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22 Responses to NY Times : Critical Thinking Is Dangerous

  1. accordionsrule says:

    It’s a frightening strategy, and one I’m seeing employed more and more. Wear blinders. Avoid cluttering your mind with debate. Avoid satire. Check Wiki. A friend refuses to open any video on Rumble, because Rumble is “an untrusted source.” SMH

    • Anon says:

      Hi Accordion,

      You might like this if you are interested in real “strategies”:

      Understanding the Political Scenario of INDIA,CANADA,JAPAN,CHINA,USA, FRANCE etc

      https://youtu.be/Y9TviIuXPSE

      Yuri Bezmenov – Deception Was My Job (full interview)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrS1qDcgdTk

      It took me nearly two years to get around to watching these. As they were mis-marketed as “a KGB plot to subvert the West” and as the KGB no longer exists, I thought the whole thing too “out there” and too conspiracy oriented to bother with.

      However, the video isn’t about that at all, instead is it a psychology lecture about how to destabilize a society (Open Democracies in particular) and the strategies can be employed by any group (communists, fascists, oligarchs) as the object in the end is obtaining power.

      The other thing that makes the video super profound is that this guy was lecturing 40 years ago, and has no political axe to grind with today’s progressives. But what is mindboggling is all the things he was talking about then, have literally come to pass today.

      For me it was jaw dropping and well well worth the time investment. It is hard for me to find people that teach me something new, but these videos did that. So, for anyone on the fence, about the time commitment, I can almost guarantee they will teach you something new.

      • arn says:

        All the things the “devil” predicted in the movie bedazzled in his long last monologue also came true.
        And the movie is from 1967.

        And Bezmenov is more or less confirming that the strategies of Bertrand Russel+Fabian Society,Saul Alinsky+Frankfurt School+Polymorphic Perversion are in full use.

        In the end there are some basic methods of War.
        Be it with real weapons or by social engineering.
        And the supreme art of war is winning without fighting.
        ((“We(communists) sent out 1100 agents to infiltrate the Vaticab))
        With a hidden war , the war mongerers can keep on hiding their powers.
        And by attacking and destroying your mind,family,individuality from a young age the criminals can make you believe that their attacks and destructions are not just necessary but an act of love and empathy.

        • accordionsrule says:

          Interesting. The last few minutes of the second video are very eye-opening. The demoralizing of Americans has reached a fever pitch, and with the criminalization of our Founding Fathers even the definition of “patriot” has become subverted. His solution proposed at the end of the first video, that is, to squelch propaganda purportedly coming from Russia, is futile in this day and age. Just as much if not more disinformation originates domestically.
          I saw in the comments that Youtube has deleted these videos several times in the past, but evidently allows them now. That probably has to do with the successful casting of suspicion of Trump ties to Russia, so it’s quite fashionable for anti-capitalists and anarchists to be anti-Russia. The more confusion and division, the better they like it.

      • accordionsrule says:

        Journalists should watch this for a lesson on how an interview should be conducted.

  2. Gary Wescom says:

    The claim that deep research on a subject simply causes confusion and misinterpretation of facts is wrong. It suggests that a shallow search for experts and consensus views is proper research. Supposedly, after such a search, a students impression of what they uncovered is likely to be correct. The reality is that shallow research produces shallow understanding. Even worse, having been told understanding gained this way is correct, differing views are easily rejected and conflicting facts are also easily rejected as likely false. Apparently taking time to study a subject in depth is the sign of conspiracy theorist.

  3. thurman Zhou says:

    A sign that CC is in fact loosing the debate is that they ban Tony Heller from You Tube. Their arguments lie, literally, with sources that are questionable. They will quote a source but when confronted with contradictions from the same source, ” that’s disputed “.
    Next, CC stopped providing any science or math supporting any of their claims.
    Third, true believers and the brain washed have been urged not to visit Tony’s site. They leave having doubts about the validity of CC.
    ” Right makes might. ” Abraham Lincoln.

  4. Jean-Marc Lamothe says:

    It’s a remarkable sign of a long term brainwashing like the former Russian spy intervied in the 60S (you can see him on youtube) have warned us.
    Now it is going to take another generation so 20 years to reconstruct our young people way of self thinking. Excuse my literacy because i am french speaking guy.

    • NewsCymru says:

      “Victims are induced to accept bondage… with the humbug assurance that it is only temporary, and that a utopia , where mankind is free forever, will
      ensue… the master minds of Communism are well aware ..that such assurances are merely bait, to fool the unwary, and reduce human beings to a condition of slavery and misery lower than the lowest form of animal , as the commonest animals possess some degree of freedom and usually a family existence, which are denied to human beings by these ruthless and hypocritical barbarians.”

      Not the words of some crazed 21st century conspiracy theorist.

      but the Legislature of the State of California (1953 REGULAR SESSION)
      http://newscymru.com/wp-content/uploads/senate_communism_breakdown.pdf

      Of course this means nothing in itself, but perhaps people should take it slightly more seriously in 2021.

  5. James Henry says:

    Paraphrasing a little but, it was G.B. Shaw who said, “the surest sign of a weak argument is the attempt to shut down all argument.”

    So now we have a whole class of elites, who call any counter argument, disinformation. This isn’t going to end well.

  6. Gramil says:

    All this is true but how do we stop it?
    The West is slipping into totalitarianism and no one in power wamts to stop it becsuse it makes the livesvof those in power unassailable. God help my children.

    • Aussie says:

      Keep talking to your friends and those at work, telling them the truth. Ensure that your children know the truth.

      The truth will always come out.

      The Grand Solar Minimum underway will be our greatest ally. During the next 10 years it will become impossible to hide the cooling trend, no matter how hard NOAA, NASA, the Australian BOM etc try.

  7. Screw the ‘experts’. Get the governing equations and solve them. Two plus two does NOT equal five, and any ‘expert’ who claims it does, is a quack and a charlatan. https://gvigurs.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/the-emperors-new-climate/

  8. Jeff L. says:

    Greenwald is one of the few journalists left with some integrity. He was recently fired from The Intercept (which he founded) because it had been infiltrated by people who’s ideology is more important to them than their ethics.

  9. G W Smith says:

    Follow the Party beliefs. The Party will Save you. Be Safe. Save others. Resist evil. Be vigilant.
    Sounds familiar.

  10. hotwire says:

    The new journalists code ” those who disagree with us are liars, burn them “.

  11. Gummans Gubbe says:

    My dream of a free society requires that all the healthy people takes care of themselves. People like Tony Heller are outnumbered by the general population.

    As Cicero said it:

    “The evil was not in the bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease.”

  12. D. Boss says:

    Gad Saad has been exposing this rush into the abyss of lunacy for a long time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpR5Fw_6pjE

    And his book, “The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas are Killing Common Sense” details this societal problem and details how to overcome it. He does a fantastic job of ridiculing the woke, and by using their own absurd language [against them], he does not get cancelled!

    For a more in depth discussion with Gad Saad see here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV_AR-16Tb4

    “Psychologist: Is Wokeness Making STEM Unreliable & Dangerous? | Gad Saad | ACADEMIA | Rubin Report

    Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Gad Saad (evolutionary psychologist, author, The Parasitic Mind) about how diversity and equity pledges are beginning to compromise scientific inquiry, how he’s been treated on campus since becoming an outspoken heterodox thinker, and what you can do to fight back against the woke indoctrination of your child in public schools by woke school curriculum’s. Gad talks about the dangers of idea pathogens. This is the label he applies to the dangerous ideas of identity politics, intersectionality and social justice that have infected people’s brains like a parasite.”

    • felix says:

      I just came across Gad for the first time today – he was interviewed in the UK by Peter Whittle, a London political representative who is fighting what seems like a lone defence against the woke lunacy going on all around him in the capital city, promoted by the mayor of that ‘strong’ and ‘smart’ city.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3xmqn6TT_Y

  13. Dave N says:

    Ironically, applying critical thinking to Warzel’s article leads to knowing that his article is utter trash.

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