While perusing information on the Occupy Movement's national
"Shut Down the Corporations Day," I noticed a curious tagline on the event's
It reads, simply, "Think for yourself."
Now, that's interesting to me, coming from people who collectively repeat back every three words a speaker says in creepy chants. I suspect Occupiers fancy
themselves as anti-establishment crusaders for democracy, who are more
intellectual, more enlightened, and more independent-minded than the mindless right-wing
However, the newspapers are on the Occupy Movement's side. Network
news is. Cable news is, with the exception of Fox News Channel. NPR is.
Academia is. Hollywood is. Billionaire businessmen are. The United States
government is, as well as several foreign countries.
When the president of the United States comes out on your
side, how anti-establishment can you be? That would be like an Egyptian
demonstrator in Tahrir Square demonstrating in 2011 for Hosni Mubarak and with his blessing while still calling himself
The default ideology of United States institutions is politically
correct progressivism. Anything else is "controversial". Teachers and
professors are generally progressive--the outcasts will be the few right-of-center
students who risk their grades to speak up. Most Hollywood actors have to hide
their political ideology, unless their liberals in which case they win awards.
The media cracks down on the peaceful Tea Party protests as "violent" and "angry",
but refrain from labeling the Occupy Movement as such despite the thousands of arrests
and frequent clashes with police. Do you think Disney/ABC/ESPN will tackle
tough social issues when they are so afraid of "controversy" they knee-jerk
fired a reporter for accidentally saying "chink-in-the-armor" in a story about
A person on the right who questions the scientific consensus
of man-made global warming stands alone. A person who asks, "our laws should be
colorblind and so we shouldn't have ones that give preference to certain races"
is himself called a racist. Someone who says our debt-problem is so out of
control we need to cut spending on social programs goes against the federal
government, the media, and various special interest groups.
Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are the real
free-thinkers. It doesn't take much thought to parrot what you see in movies,
TV shows, or what you heard from your liberal professors or on NPR, or what you
read in the NY Times or LA Times or Time or Newsweek, or what you saw on CNN,
ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, or the Daily Show.
Or what the government tells you.
It takes real intellectual courage to challenge what
everyone else has accepted as fact.