In response to Lying About Books:
Interesting conundrum: if being literate is scoffed at as being elite and out of touch with “real” people, then why do the “real” people lie about the extent of their reading?
This popped up in my news feed from Truthout:
… former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels sought to remove Howard Zinn’s work from state classrooms just weeks after the historian’s death in 2010. … Daniels wrote, “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.” After he described “A People’s History” as a “truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page,” Daniels asked: “Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”
And this idiot is now the president of Purdue University in Indiana. They must be very proud in the Hoosier State.
“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?” — Joseph Stalin
Now that is a very interesting statement. It seems in the United States we want everyone to have guns but ideas are being discouraged if not legislated against. Take a look down in Texas where you can openly carry a loaded gun into all sorts of inappropriate places but you will be barred or even arrested if your copy of Bertrand Russell is showing.Continue reading “Spiraling decline is nationwide but the rabbit hole is in Texas”