Posted: Mar 06, 2019 8:38 am
by Stein
Hermit wrote:
Stein wrote:For a good idea of how all this typical Trump-era crank-style cyberspace conspiracy-theory nuttery can impact real lives, check this out --

https://www.yahoo.com/news/antivaxxers- ... 36002.html

Any questions?

Maybe in a thread about how Trump-era crank-style cyberspace conspiracy-theory nuttery can impact real lives, eh?


Mark my words: The time will come when the mythers will render life impossible for all serious secular professional academic historians in the brick-and-mortar world, just as Trump has removed everyone from EPA who takes climate change seriously. These secular historians first had to find a spine and buck the fundamentalist churches in pursuing their scholarship. But now other Kool-Aid drinkers, instead of admiring the gutsiness of unashamed agnostics like Ehrman, will give these scholars just as much hell as the churches gave a previous generation. Proud of yourselves yet?

The delusional online community, dancing on the graves of those who tried to advance knowledge in the teeth of a delusional age, now advance demented delusions of their own. Trump is just the tip of the iceberg. More and more resentful people, resentful at the hard work it takes to become a specialist in anything, will gain more and more power, thanks to the lies that Facebook and all the fora generate. This Yahoo story is only the first salvo. Soon childhood mortality will be as rampant as in the poorest Third-World country. Vaccinations will be forbidden, along with higher learning, especially history.

The old saying actually has it wrong. Look at the repeated airbrushing out of figure after figure in Stalinist Russia. It's not that those ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it. It's that those ignorant of history are condemned to invent it -- and the people will lick up that diarrheic invention like the most savory ice cream.

Have a nice day,

Stein