When 2 + 2 = 4 Is Verboten
I’d like to make a public service announcement encouraging anyone on Twitter to call out the colossal hypocrisy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s new papers-please policy (https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/kitten-corner-immersive-education/). I have posted the following tweets on this thread (https://twitter.com/ihmec/status/1476934101420716034):
Your new exhibit titled “Forever Again” takes performance art to a whole new level of meta.
If this is not a satirical demonstration of ignorant and hypocritical discrimination against “disease-spreaders,” see https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/letter-to-a-colluder-stop-enabling to brush up on the history you are repeating.
Maybe you should listen to what a Holocaust survivor thinks about your execution of “Forever Again”:
“If you sow hatred, the universe echoes back!
Radiate love. The universe echoes back!”
All I can say is you're doing a damn fine job, Margaret, so keep doing it!! You truly make a difference - my bet many times in people you'll never know about, maybe you will, but the thing is ripples happen, truth gets passed along and you are one hell of a purveyor! Don't let anyone stop you - of course you won't - and stay on course. I for one am thrilled to be part of your discourse here and look forward to the seeds of truth taking root more and more. Happy New Year!!! xo
One thing I really enjoy about your writing is the way you inspire critical thought in the way you present your material. So here's what I thought. Haha. As a "Boomer" (and I can't stand that term but it is what it is), I still remember a time when news was mostly released in the newspaper, magazines, radio and, of course, TV. Your post reminded me of how *even I* (I like to pride myself on not being mislead... usually) was bamboozled and mislead into believing certain things in my life *without* the internet and without fact checkers! I won't list all of the ones that "got me" here, but I will let you know when it ended: The OK City bombing. How did I figure out that something just didn't seem right *without* fact checkers or internet access? Thinking and "gut feel" along with the MSM and *editorials* in newpapers. I don't mean to bogart your post here my friend, so apologies. I think I am just sharing that the misinformation, "fact checkers" and all of the things we are experiencing now have pretty much always been with us and we all have, at one time or another, fallen prey to them. I wish I could point to "the" thing that prompted me to realize that *everything* must be questioned no matter what, but I can't. If I could bottle whatever happened and sell it I'd be as rich as "Doctor" Gates. But, if I was to guess, I would say it was maturity, time and my ever-present willingness to learn. I know that times are a bit different now, but people find the truth in their own time and in their own way. The unfortunate part of that in today's climate is we don't really have the time to wait... I hope my comment made sense and sincere apologies for it's length. But the comment is (a short version) of what your post made me reflect upon. Thanks for another great one!
What does it say about the state of the mind of those who can be presented with an unassailable point and yet fail to see the reasoning behind it? I keep coming back to the poor state of the American diet. Long before poison jabs we were poisoned by our food. Of course, there are the social programming techniques, there is mind numbing tv, there is the corporate sponsored university system (which puts blinders on many), censorship and all the other ploys that have been rolled out for this REELY BEG SHEW (as Ed Sullivan called his show). But what if diet plays a role in making all of that more insidious as well?
Top shelf writeup! Keep up the fight.
Margaret Anna Alice, I just subscribed. Thank you for sharing your incredible intelligence..and kindness.
I watched "good night and good luck" today... made me feel a little better... we have seen this exactly before. The maniacal "war" on communists within our country is identical to today's war on the unvaxed. Just by one errant quote you were hauled in front of the mccarthy committee and possibly charged... just like one errant tweet that covid is not a thing for those under 40 or the vax is not a great wondrous thing, etc. Hopefully this eventually crumbles like that did... can't come soon enough... the mass psychosis is just as intense, if not moreso, now
Thank you Margaret for your essays this year
In addition to your being one of the most engaging authors out there, I've admired your patience and ability to produce a wealth of evidence in such quick order. In case you're not doing so already, I encourage you to always archive pages as these conversations progress (I use archive.today more than wayback machine). For reaching quiet by-standers reading along, maybe evidence of memory-holing will prove to be a bright, red flashing neon sign when other flags rush on by.
Here's a free audio version of "The Politics of Obedience", in two parts, read by John Lothe, an exceptional reader whose voice is reminiscent of James Earl Jones:
I can relate to the problem that you can't get traction with the scientific approach to discussion and debate, because facts and data are automatically rejected as "disinfo".
But does it work any better, to focus on human rights issues? The New Normie comeback is that no one needs to suffer from discrimination, except those who willfully, persistently reject the vaccine "truth".
Want your rights back? Just take your shot.
Oh wait, wouldn't the Christians have said the same thing to the Jews? Just believe the Gospels (and reject any disinfo in your philosophy books), take the baptism and be saved? At least the baptism usually wasn't toxic.
Perhaps the deceased spirit of liberty together with all those condemned to death and misery (via AIDS, Covid, etc.) by Fauci will become revenants and haunt him, all the way to his death-bed. Thereafter, he will be further reckoned for his murderous actions.
Morning Margaret Anna. Excellent and thought-provoking piece, as usual; thank you.
Though I admire your optimism and your efforts to reach the potential 40 percent who are on the fence, I continue to believe that even many of those people are ultimately unreachable. There's a reason they're on the fence, and the competition between "authoritative" voices in media and government and our "fringe" voices in alternative media tilts heavily in favor of the former, even (especially?) with this group. If it didn't, many or most of them would come off the fence and join us, given that the facts and compassion are more compelling on "our" side. That that does not happen more often argues for our inability, thus far, to reach them. We need to remember that the people whom we are trying to reach are the same people who are helping to build concentration camps to house us, the unvaxxed masses, and we know what happens to people once they are confined in camps. All the while we are trying to bring them back to "normal," they are laying the foundations and erecting the walls and fences that will be our prisons. Heaven help us if we wait too long.
Take care and thanks, again, for continuing to write.
Thanks for prompting me to subscribe to Academy of Ideas - I'm subscribed on YouTube, but visit the website from time to time, always hovering on the cusp of becoming a member, but failing to carry through. Your mention pushed me over the edge. Not the first time you've sparked my interest to follow you down the rabbit hole, as you like to say. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year, Writing and Fighting for Truth! Your work is a valuable resource for all who seek knowledge and the encouragement you so ably provide.
Danny Elfman wrote a song about 1984 for Oingo Boingo too:
I wanted to link the demo which has better lyrics in my opinion but it seems to have disappeared from YouTube. I also found an old interview where he discusses it and it seems that he figured out the concept of inverted totalitarianism before Sheldon Wolin coined the term and that’s what the song is about - the less openly oppressive form of totalitarianism that instead tries to control your thoughts through the media to make you do what they want you to do.
Thanks for sharing that Lukas Lion song, he's brilliant.
Thanks for the new word to me.
MAA, as always, your articles are both thought provoking and accurate. Thank you!
I would like to add a couple of personal reflections.
A while back, someone I used to consider a friend, with whom I went to school, made a comment over something I said on his FB page concerning vaccinations. As someone who publicly boasted he couldn't wait to get his jabs, of course, he didn't agree with me and he cited a fact-checker that supposedly debunked my argument. My reply was that I felt my critical thinking skills were adequate for my needs and that I had no need to subcontract my thinking to an unknown entity proclaiming to be an expert.
The other comment I would make, because it is pertinent to the subject of your article, is spurned by yet another conversation with the aforementioned person.
Again, on the subject of vaccination with unproven experimental treatments, he said "Unlike you, I prefer hitching my cart to the majority view and yours is definitely in the minority!" I had to reply "Oh yes, the pathetic minority. It's a fact that 1% of people have it all, 20% live comfortably, and the remaining 79% live on a month-to-month basis. Obviously, the 1% have got it all wrong."
I'm not a member of the 1% and I don't like what they have done but, the fact remains that the majority (or mainstream) view is NOT necessarily the path to the truth.