I support the Great Barrington Declaration — not because of the specific approach it advocates, although I agree with that approach, but because it demonstrates two important truths about science that many seem to have lost sight of recently.
Americans specifically rejected the monastic organization of the European courts. For their troubles, I am sure they were labelled as “anti-intellectuals,” “country bumpkins,” and “the fringe of civilization.”
As far as I know, intolerant, thin-skinned, anti-intellectual educators have been around for… well, forever. What has changed is the Orwellian nature of their reaction to dissent.
The TL;DR on COVID-19: Panic, not science, continues to drive the public policy discussion.
Episode 389 welcomes back Chris Jenkins to chat with Skyler on the following topics: their wives’ 19th century lives before emigrating to the United States; machismo in Latin America; cloud gaming; science as religion; Mormonism, truth, and Joseph Smith; losing family members; euthanasia and the elderly; scientism and critical race theory; listening to podcasts all day long; and more.
What’s afoot? Orwellian doublethink of the highest order. Sure, the hated 1950 Loyalty Oath seems far less onerous than the new Diversity and Inclusion Vow. But the people who refused to sign the 1950 Oath were heroes standing up for freedom of conscience. The people who question today’s orthodoxy, in contrast, are hate-mongers who need to be excluded from high-skilled employment.
Back in the 70s, I catered to peer pressure. I fired a guy because he wore bellbottoms to work. I acquiesced to the firing of a young native woman because she got arrested at Wounded Knee for demonstrating. I shudder to recall these events.
Which presidential candidate will bankrupt America first, Donald Trump or Joe Biden?
Episode 349 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following questions from Quora: “How would libertarian society keep individuals from devolving into chaos?”; “Isn’t libertarianism incompatible with nationalism?”; “What does it take for someone to finally admit their religion or political ideology is wrong?”; and a look at the flagpole challenge to the Non-Aggression Principle by David Friedman.
I imagine most government healthcare advocates have the best of intentions, but it’s hard to view such individuals as noble and caring when their main (and often only) proposition to help the poor is to force other people to do it.