William of Ockham on Politics

December 28, 2007

Far too many Ron Paul supporters think that the “mainstream media” is out to get Ron Paul. They take examples of distortions, such as reports that Paul doesn’t believe in evolution (after Paul, who has a PHD in science, stated that evolution is a theory) as evidence that media is intentionally smearing Paul at every turn.

There is a simpler explanation, that being that many Americans are simply too poorly educated by our pubic schools to understand that real science asserts no facts. Such cognitive abstraction is simply beyond them.

Another example of this limited intellectual discernment is this week’s press revelation that actor Will Smith believes Adolf Hitler to have been a “good” person. What Smith acually said was, “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today. I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good.'”

Shockingly, even amongst the educated, many can’t discern the difference between either of the two statements.

Will Smith proves that some actors are much smarter than we give them credit for, when he insightful observes that the incident, “… speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen.” That is true, as far as it goes, but the journalistic freedom that the Internet provides to the masses is a big part of what is driving the Ron Paul “r’evol’ution.”

In a free society one has to accept the sweet-with-the-sour, although that is probably of little consequence to Mr. Smith this week.

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