Anti-Herd Dissenters Are … Paranoid

Thursday, October 22, 2009

If you dissent from the official establishment view of the world and challenge a shred of the status quo, you suffer from a paranoia disorder, according the the Wall Street Journal‘s Thomas Frank. In fact, paranoia is apparent if you think the U.S. is turning toward fascism or communism, or if you question the Federal Reserve, public school indoctrination, or the swine flu hysteria.

The great thing about the Internet, and a blog such as the blog or my blog, is that every single absurd or far-fetched news item brought up on the blog, about the above topics (and all else), is nicely backed up by links providing the articles, audio, or video that supports the episode under discussion. As we like to say on the LRC blog, “You can’t make this stuff up.” Yet even with all of that information available right at one’s fingertips (hint: Internet), anyone challenging the existing state of affairs is said to be a tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist whacko. How can people like Thomas Frank be so incredibly and embarrassingly stupid and unaware? Well, he isn’t — he’s just taken on the occupation of being a shill for the ruling class and its media whores.

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2 Responses to Anti-Herd Dissenters Are … Paranoid

  1. vonwotan says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Then call me paranoid. The way the current administration is forcing its way in to everyone’s personal life, taking over matters of personal choice, removing personal freedoms and trying to disarm or otherwise pacify and subjugate our citizens. I see future where political dissenters are institutionalized for the public good – think re-education camps – most likely horrible institutions as poorly run as our VA hospitals.

  2. clark says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:27 am

    This reminds me of the stories about Russian Generals in WWII who were shot if they brought bad news about progress in the war to their leaders, only good news was allowed to be spoken. I guess, “happy talk” was popular back then too? I wrongly thought we here in the U.S. could or would never be like that. This is a shining example of how far we’ve sunk. If you dissent from the official establishment view of the world and challenge a shred of the status quo, I was taught this is how Americans make things better, how we improve things. Maybe that’s the point? Guys like this are anti-improvement people? The kind that like to keep a good man (or woman) down. The kind that perpetuated slavery, poverty, misery and helped to spread diseases with their wrong headed thinking. The worst kind of man is exemplified by people like Thomas Frank.

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