Our country has become a conformist society where free expression is rewarded with the swing of a truncheon. We’re on a road that leads to repression, and we are not far from the destination.
This nation owes its existence and its never-seen-before prosperity to free thinkers. The founders were men of the enlightenment. They stand in stark contrast to our ruling class of today, a corrupt and depraved cabal of politicians, state media, institutional leaders, militant activists and corporate executives that is hurtling us into an era of darkness. In the 2020s, the only “truth” is what the narrative, invariably fabricated by the worst people who have ever held power and influence in this country’s history, says it is.
We see those yard signs, the ones that proclaim their occupants’ unwavering grand tolerance and thirst for diversity. But we know that those who put up those signs are the most intolerant, limited thinkers among us. They don’t believe in diversity of thought. Their objective is to force conformity to their way of thinking while immodestly displaying their superior virtue.
“There is a new use for tolerance today, and, quite frankly, it is self-serving and hypocritical,” says Paul Chappell, a pastor and president of the West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. “It doesn’t mean tolerance in the traditional sense of the word at all. It means, ‘You must condone and support my choices – even at the expense of your beliefs.’”
Some conformity is useful. Civilized people agree that hurting others and stealing is wrong, that it’s important to be polite and respectful, that protest is acceptable and even necessary but violence in the service of activism is not.
Conformity of thought, however, is dangerous. This is obvious when we look at the atrocities of our 20th century wars. We are not there, but in the U.S. we are now here, as described by progressive journalist Zaid Jilani:
“The power of conformity and cascades has deep implications for political polarization.”
Eventually, those poles will no longer be roughly equal. The one that’s pulling us to the left’s demand for conformity has the momentum. It’s dragging us into a black hole.
What this country sorely needs are fearless independent thinkers who are willing to go into that cold and lonely place and point out that our national emperor is as divisive as he is mentally impaired, that the government-media complex is corrupt, and constantly feeds us lies, that truth has been murdered in the West. We have a few who do these things, but not nearly enough.
Less conformity and more free thinking would have headed off the disastrous, oppressive pandemic policies. We can say the same about the energy and climate policies that threaten our economy and liberty. Independent thought could prevent the next effort by the ruling class to force us to think and act in ways that benefit its members and those who live to “earn” the approval of the elites.
Regrettably, our civil society is giving ground every day to a political society. Objections to the narrative that has been constructed by the ruling class are not accepted and the objectors are marginalized and banished, handy words we used before “canceled” and “unfriended.” There is a strong need to conform for reasons of social status.
A society without free thinkers, dissenters and contrarians is not only one that lacks color and vibrance, it is accelerating toward a wreck. Some might recognize that happening right in front of them.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board