The Free Marketplace of Ideas is Dead

cnn_ignorance_mendaciousOn the morning Trump won, network pundits stared blankly at their producers. ‘How did this happen’, they asked as they struggled to reconcile the results of the election with their flawed polling data. Slowly journalists developed a narrative to explain their loss: Middle-America is racist, ignorant, and misogynistic. The plebeians of the country can’t be counted on to vote for a qualified female candidate like Hillary Clinton. That was it, right? The sheer idiocy of people like you and me was so awesome it confounded the excellence of political projections. After all, Nate Silver, the left’s anointed polling expert, can’t be wrong. Pundits ended November 9th with a comforting consensus: they were right but constituent stupidity transcended rational projecting.

By D-Ray a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

In reality, the left has insulated themselves inside an impenetrable echo chamber. With the combined power of the mainstream media and internet social justice warriors, half of the country deluded themselves into thinking average people bought into their precepts of socialism, political correctness, and globalization. The left actively divorced themselves from Middle-America by refusing to entertain beliefs antithetical to their own. Rather than entertain the merits of proposed policy objectives, the left viewed issues through the lens of identity politics and bias.

Ideology Has Surpassed Logic 

refugees_detention_noDo you have objections to Syrian Refugees arriving to the United States en masse? If yes, according to CNN and others, you are a racist. They don’t want to consider that the refugee experiment in Western Europe has ended tragically. That would require an actual refutation of an argument. Nope, you’re a racist. The nuances of your argument can go to hell. In the 21st Century paradigm of leftist debate, ideology surpasses logic.

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This line of thinking, that feelings are more important than logic, is subversive to the Marketplace of Ideas outlined by James Madison in Federalist Papers 10 and 51. The refusal of some on the left to engage in critical debate is inherently un-American. What’s made us strong and competitive as a country is the free and diverse wealth of ideas and speech. Progressives jeopardize this strength with contrived moral outrage and civic hideousness.

We Need Federalist 10

james_madison_free_speech_goatCensorship, book-burnings, and state run media are viewed appropriately as the constructs of barbaric, repressive regimes. In fact, James Madison foresaw the emergence of repressive morons like Rachel Maddow. In Federalist No 10 Madison sagaciously writes: “Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.” Imagine that, people have different ideas about different things. Guess what? This diversity of ideas makes us stronger. As good citizens, we must be willing to engage with those who do not agree with us.

If journalists had paid attention in their civics 1000 class, this election wouldn’t be surprising. Furthermore, had they even skimmed James Madison, the pundits on network television would be able to have adult conversations about adult things. Quite frankly, I don’t care what beliefs you hold. As an American, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want to believe. You should however, be prepared to subject your ideas to scrutiny. Retreating to character assassination, ad hominems, and red herrings is an infantile way to confront opposition.

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Top journalists in this country, people who are supposed to be arbiters of objective information, perform mental gymnastics to sell their biases as news. Some, most notably Wolf Blitzer and Donna Brazille, are guilty of colluding with a Presidential Candidate in order to further their agendas. This isn’t journalism; it’s lobbying. The best journalist in the entire election cycle was Julian Assange. Stomach that for a second; one of the only people willing to tell the American People the truth is a wanted fugitive hiding in an Ecuadorian Embassy. Elites in our society no longer seem to value the dissemination of impartial information. The failures of these top journalists are a microcosm of the same insidious behavior seen in the general electorate. People who meet differing beliefs with willful ignorance are disgraceful.

The message here, to celebrate a free marketplace of ideas, is applicable to the left and right. While this message is most germane to those on the left, some on the right are also guilty of engaging in despicable rhetorical gimmicks. As evidenced by the results of this election, the left must seriously re-evaluate the merits of their policy proposals. As of now, they have refused to do this. Until they can do so, their ideas will continue to atrophy. We are witnesses to ignorance accelerated by unhinged political correctness.

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12 comments… add one
  • TPSnodgrass November 11, 2016, 10:01 pm

    Excellent, and very well written. I for one, am disgusted with the political pimps on the Left, and the right, who arrogantly and smugly “assume”,THEY, know far more than I do about….everything.
    I for one, have never chosen to sell my character and integrity for the infamy of political correctness or misbegotten notoriety, they all have.
    Therein lies the difference. I’ve never felt I ever had to whore myself, nor, my ideology, ideals and principles out to anyone.

  • Rick James November 12, 2016, 9:04 am

    Great read. The off the cuff comment calling Americans deplorables says it all about what the elites really think.

  • Dave B November 12, 2016, 11:00 am

    Very nicely stated. Thanks.

    The Ruling Class is having great difficulty dealing with their loss. Maybe they need to send even more barbarians into the streets. Always a good technique for changing hearts and minds of those who oppose you.

    I’m going to borrow your phrase “Retreating to character assassination, ad hominems, and red herrings is an infantile way to confront opposition.” It will come in handy.

  • Roger November 12, 2016, 1:31 pm

    Don’t get too smug, the ‘Ruling Class’ still won, just a different section of it. The ‘others’, mostly the ‘Liberals’ just had a temporary set-back. Their manipulation of the less-than-astute (sheeple) masses will continue making REAL change almost impossible but we have to keep trying, we can do no less and still look at ourselves in the mirror with a smile! GLAHP!

  • The Holistic Prepper November 12, 2016, 6:20 pm

    One of the best articles I’ve had the pleasure to read in a very long time, but we all need to remember, constitutionally Trump isn’t really President Elect, until the Electoral College officially votes December 19th.

    Hillary could still be made our next president.

    Thou the Electoral College has never voted against the will of the people (to my knowledge), they do have the option.

    What better way to push the Globalist agenda then start a civil war?

    • Rosco P Coaltrain November 18, 2016, 11:00 am

      I hope you are wrong as Civil War II will not be a good thing for America or Americans!

  • Ray November 13, 2016, 1:33 pm

    Anyone that thinks American the political ruling class will change direction or intent because D.J. Trump “won” is going to be sorely disappointed over the next four years.

  • Michelle November 14, 2016, 8:14 am

  • Dutch K November 15, 2016, 4:27 pm

    Wow. Great writing, and I’m a writer.

  • Robbie Sun November 17, 2016, 7:46 pm

    Quote from London Sunday Times-11-13-16, Heather McDonald
    Since 2000, more college graduates have left California than entered it, thanks in large part to the higher taxes needed to sustain the states’ spending on the poor, a population consisting of overwhelmingly low skilled immigrants and their progeny.

    The incarceration rate of Mexican Americans in California increases eight fold between the first and second generations. Hispanics have the highest rate of unwed teen pregnancy of any group in the nation.
    Sanctuary laws-These laws forbid state and city employees to co operate with the already listless efforts of federal officials to enforce the immigration laws, shielding even convicted criminals from any possible risk of deportation.
    Some basic truths: the citizens of a country possess the sovereign right to police their borders..and lawlessness in one arena breeds lawlessness in many others.
    Breakdown of the rule of law from unchecked illegal immigration over the past four decades was as troubling to Americas silenced majority as mass immigrations fiscal and social costs. Communities were being transformed by aliens who deliberately flouted the nations law to be there, while hundreds of thousands of law abiding immigrants waited years for permission to enter. Demographics was driving immigration policy not vice versa.
    It is not just right thinking Americans who see the problem, thats why they voted for Brexit.

  • BamaMan November 23, 2016, 3:19 pm

    …”the results of the election with their flawed polling data…..”
    why would person with a job, busy life, kids, etc… want to take a phone call on the election. i cannot be certain but it seems to me that only a certain portion of the population [retired or unemployed] take polls over the phone.

  • Keith November 30, 2016, 9:52 pm

    Spot on article. What’s equally baffling to the left and it’s MSM media outlets is how a HUGE majority of Americans simply REJECT (and are oftener sickened by) identity politics, social justice entitlement mentalities, Hollywood celebrities like Mylie Cyrus, Beyonce, Katie Perry, Jay Z, and the thugsters of the NFL and the NBA, and the thought that LGBTQxyz is decidedly NOT normal behavior for 98% of the population. What is even more evidence of the echo chambers of New York and California is the serious cognitive dissonance that even though essentially NO liberal talk shows have more than a few thousand listeners and soon go belly up, CNBC and other left leaning TV channels have abysmal national ratings, and major liberal newspapers like the New York Times are essentially bankrupt, they continue wonder… “why can’t we win a national election?” Oh yeah, it must be because of ‘fake news’ and 65 million racist, homophobic voters. Better double down on the identity politics. And turn up the rap “music”.


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