Following on from last week’s post about the enemies of freedom of speech, we’ve recently seen more news about people who want to go further, and actually gaol those who disagree with them.
I’m fighting myself from calling this ‘insane’. I’m strongly tempted, at first glance.
But it’s not insane behaviour. It is purely rational behaviour, based on these people’s self-interest.
They have taken the high-ground in a debate, and, now that they believe they have won, want to shut that debate down, so that they cannot be questioned by those who disagree with them.
Personally, I don’t understand this mindset. I’m happy to have a discussion with anyone about anything, anytime. It is part of my conscious effort to keep my mind open, and to try continuously to learn new things and examine my beliefs. And I know that I have benefited from such behaviour.
But others, especially those who prize power, and the benefits that come with it, find it more preferable to simply shut down debate through violence, when they can. This is the totalitarian-fascist mindset, and it is on display in societies all around the world.
The puzzle for me, is, how on earth did we, in western civilisation, get to this point? When our whole democratic political process is based on, and is acknowledged to be based on, conversation aimed at finding truth?
It seems that the totalitarian-fascist mindset has strong roots in our natures, which our nurture cannot eradicate. It requires constant vigilance to guard against its becoming prevalent.
The mindlessness of the wholly unscientific argument favouring the hypothesis of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, and the bullying of those who dare even question its gravity – as Bjorn Lomberg has found, it’s not enough to believe in the hypothesis, one must believe that it is second to none in importance – has opened the gateway to fascism in our society, where it is possible to propose that people be gaoled for their beliefs and utterances.
This is absolutely monstrous.
But don’t expect the mainstream media or the political classes to argue against it. Careerists one and all, they’ve done the maths, and decided that it’s not worth it to argue against the bullies.
Once again, it is left to brave and principled men and women, speaking simple truths in defiance of the thugs, to save society from the totalitarian-fascists.