I wonder if it’s possible to convince anyone of anything that he doesn’t already want to believe.
I go on and on here about bogus Global Warming, creeping statism, and the defects of public education, among other things–but have I ever written anything that changed anybody’s mind? Probably not.
So how do minds get changed? I don’t know; but I’ll tell you about something that changed my mind in a big way, long ago.
Like most of who grew up in the 1950s and 60s, I came to view Science as an unadulterated blessing–minus the contributions of mad scientists you see in horror movies–and scientists as the most trustworthy people in America. The moon landing in 1969 seemed to confirm the faith we had in science.
Then I took a biology course in college.
Toward the end of the semester, after they’d covered everything else, the lecturers in the Rutgers Biology Dept. took some weeks to present their vision for the future–which to me looked like some kind of human ant-hill in which we would all be micro-managed by Experts in every sphere of life.
I wasn’t the only one in the class who didn’t like that vision. Boy, I wish I had those lectures on tape! Finally someone was moved to ask, “But what about freedom and individuality?”
To which the lecturer replied, “Those are obsolete concepts that must be engineered out of the system.”
That changed my mind about science. To this day I continue to suspect them of trying to make their vision a reality, with a little help from their friends in politics.
No one argued me out of my view of science. All I had to do was hear the lectures.
So maybe I haven’t convinced anyone of anything. All I can say is, I’ve given it a try. Also, I just have to protest some of this stuff or my head will explode.
My advice is simply this. Listen to what the big shots say, and watch what they do. Sooner or later some of you will realize what they’re up to.