"Calling Albert Jay Nock"
Butler Shaffer (17 August 2014)
A sign in my law school office reads: “never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” Bertrand Russell informed us that “men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” It should be added that it is the purpose of the mainstream media to reinforce stupidity, so that the political establishment can continue its rule by violence.
Events of this past week in Ferguson, Missouri illustrate how this works. A black teenager is shot and killed allegedly by a white police officer. Townspeople justifiably erupt in angry demonstrations, and the local police respond with armored weapons, police officers in SWAT gear and other military attire, point guns and use tear gas against the protestors. The media immediately characterizes the cause of the discord as “racism.” There is no doubt that racism is a form of entropy that has never fully worked itself out of our culture. That most vulgar form of collectivism continues to express itself in oft-subtle ways: Ferguson is an overwhelmingly black community that is policed by an overwhelmingly white group of police officers. But do intelligent minds truly believe that the federal government – headed by a black president – is sending armored vehicles, tanks, grenade-launchers, and other tools that were more recently used in Iraq and Afghanistan against local populations, to American cities just to keep angry blacks under control? ...
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