The State weaponizes education to create ignorance

The State weaponizes education to create ignorance

Independent Education: the crisis and the crossroad

by Jon Rappoport

November 7, 2018

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A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended on the use of the faculty called Reason.

Formal debate, science, and law all flowed from that source.

A common bond existed in some schools of the day. The student was expected to learn how Reason operates, and for that he was taught the only subject which could lay out, as on a long table, the visible principles: Logic.

This was accepted.

But now, this bond is gone.

The independence engendered by the disciplined study of logic is no longer a desired quality in students.

The classroom, at best, has taken on the appearance of a fact-memorization factory; and we should express grave doubts about the relevance and truth of many of those facts.

A society filled with people who float in the drift of non-logic is a society that declines.

Ideologies that deny individual freedom and independence are welcomed with open arms.

When education becomes so degraded that young students are no longer taught to reason clearly, private citizens have the obligation rebuild that system so the great contribution to Western civilization—logic—is reinstated in its rightful place.

Logic, the key by which true political discourse, science, and law were, in fact, originally developed, must be unearthed.

Logic and reasoning, the capacity to think, the ability to analyze ideas—an ability which has been forgotten, which has been a surpassing virtue in every free civilization—must be restored.

Once a vital thing has been misplaced, buried, and covered over by mindless substitutions, people cannot immediately recognize the original thing has any importance, meaning, or existence.

To declare its importance makes no sense to “the crowd.” They look bewildered and shake their heads. They search their memories and find nothing.

They prefer to adhere to rumor, gossip, accusation, wild speculation, and fear mongering as the primary means of public discourse and assessment of truth.

These habits light their paths. These reflexes give them some degree of pleasure. These idols become their little gods.

To win out over such attachments and superstitions is a job for the long term.

But if our labors yield rewards, we can once again bring import to education, and to the idea of authentic freedom that once cut a wide swathe through darkness.

A string of direct and distracting abuses has saddled our schools. Among them:

* Teachers believe they need to entertain children, in order to capture their attention;

* School systems have substituted the need for public funds in the place of actually supplying a sound education;

* Under the banner of political correctness, school texts have been sanitized to the point of sterility, in order to avoid the possibility of offending, to the slightest degree, any group;

* Students rarely confront information in the form in which it is delivered to people all over the world—they confront substitutes;

* Students have, in this respect, been coddled;

* Subjects such as sex education, which belong in the family, have been delivered into the hands of schools and teachers;

* Indeed, in certain key respects, schools are asked to substitute and stand in for parents;

* Masked as “learning opportunities,” various political agendas have been inserted in school curricula;

* The basis on which every historic document establishing some degree of freedom was debated and drafted—logical thought—has been eliminated from the curriculum as a serious discipline;

* Students are permitted and even encouraged to drift and grasp at superficially attractive ideas and fads of the moment;

* In this respect, freedom has been reinterpreted to mean “mental incapacity and wandering thought”;

* The vast contributions of the ancient Greek civilization, where logic as a crucial subject was born, have been obliterated, minimized or summarized in sterile fashion;

* Logic, the connective tissue which binds together the progression of ideas in rational argument, has been kept away from students;

* The result is the production of shallow minds that cannot see the architecture of reasoning;

* Students, at sea, begin to invent wholly insufficient standards for accepting or rejecting various points of view and supposed authorities;

* Students lose their true independence without ever having gained it;

* The low level of overall literacy in our schools is matched only by the non-comprehension of rational thought;

In the presence of these and other deficiencies and abuses, students are pushed through, from grade to grade, graduation to graduation, as a bureaucratic function, regardless of their ability.

Therefore, citizens of good intent must offload this system. They must assume responsibility for teaching children the missing key to education.

Logic; the capacity to reason, to think lucidly; to separate sense from chatter; to discover deception and avoid being influenced by it; to remain free and independent from the shifting opinions of “the herd”; to maintain personal liberty in the face of every spurious enticement to abandon it; to come to grips with competitive sets of First Principles which will lead to freedom or slavery; these are the stakes in our time.

This is the crossroad.

Choose the path that can bring us the fulfillment of a worthy goal.

Choose reason over vacuous mindlessness.

We, who still know the power of the mind, and who understand how that power can be harnessed to shape independence and liberty, can bring, out of the dust of recent history, an education that truly trains the intellect.

Logic is the foundation of such an education.

If schools, which have become madhouses and factories and toxic medical dispensaries, will not teach it, we can teach it.

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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

43 comments on “The State weaponizes education to create ignorance

  1. Alan says:

    Hey there Jon, it has been a while since I last commented on one of your innumerable well posited essays. In the wake of yesterday’s Midterm elections it occurred to me that one essential component of today’s educational and social environments is the outright deceit and dishonesty that pervades the entirety of sociopolitical discourse. Clearly you are spot on in identifying logic as a vestigial intellectual capability, hardly an accident as we would agree, which makes it even less feasible for so many to to dismantle the edifice of lies that has become standard practice in any “discussion” of issues, policy ideas, etc. It is fair to say that “Reductio ad Absurdum” (RAA) remains the single most valuable/useful legacy of my own educational experience, bar none!!! Thanks as always 🙂

  2. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

  3. “Logic and reasoning, the capacity to think, the ability to analyze ideas—an ability which has been forgotten, which has been a surpassing virtue in every free civilization—must be restored.”

    Totally agreed, so appreciate your work and know here I am preaching to the choir, but in honor of the passing of another great and inspiring teacher, John Taylor Gatto just recently, the loss of logic is but one (large) part of the greater crisis.

    Thanks for all you’ve done as well to promote all aspects of a well-rounded individual and a wholesome and thriving culture. If I could have 2 men over for dinner at the same time, it would’ve been you two. In my dreams, though!
    I wrote a wee tribute to his passing, just wanted to share.

  4. Reblogged this on John Barleycorn and commented:
    The public schools are a tool of the deep state, using our tax dollars to dumb down and over vaccinate our children.

  5. Ri-chard says:


    For an independent education, how about informing your readers that it was the Treaty of Peace 1783 in the very beginning that is the cause for all that has gone wrong to this date.

    The following are just a few items that the Founders allowed the King of England to claim shortly after the Revolutionary War. *The King was made Arch Treasurer and Prince Elector of the United States of America. What is it that is not understood about these two positions? Think Money, Banking and Votes. *The States were recognized as sovereign and the King’s men were to rule over these states as Esquires and Masons. * The King was given a share of all the Gold, Silver and Copper found in America.

    Now try and find a document that states what the people received as the spoils of war, as winner of the Revolutionary War or so called War of Independence. None exist. The people had no representation at this 1783 Treaty, Constitutional Convention, or the 1st Act of Congress. Therefore, we are not recognized as a sovereign people. Therefore, we have no control of our money and banking systems, Therefore we have no right to own our land with a free and clear title (Allodial Title), Therefore, we are Tenants (read your deed) on the land you believe you own and are required to pay rent in the form of taxes and fees. don’t pay those taxes and fees, they take it away from you to rent to another.

    Anyone want to take a guess what Rule of Law the King’s men forced on the people or due to the people’s silence = consent they received? Do you consent to having laws written by the King’s men and now the BAR?

    The people lost or gave up control of their money, banking, commerce, trade, land ownership and their justice system based on God’s Law, Natural Law, utilizing the MAXIMS as guidance for verdict and remedy.

    Be careful of your expectations an know no one has ever taken the oath to the U.S. Constitution repeating phrased words “the Constitution for the United States of America” including POTUS Trump. The Emergency War Power Act is still in effect of it possible good and bad..

    Just presenting the facts. Any questions or is it crickets = your consent.


    • A constitution, by nature is a corporate document.

      Interesting that they have drawn it up in such a way..I often wondered if there was a real reason for that…in Canada, the Queen of England owns some 8,886,356 km/2.

      That 5,521,725 miles/2 in American.

      Her representative is the Govenor General of Canada. Taxes are paid on all that land by the Canadian government, every single quarter…I have to laugh when people start talking about their rights.

      • PJ London says:

        Oops : 3,431,041.3 sq miles

        • That would have resulted in six of the best on my back side…a long long time ago, when Jesus was cowboy lol Thanks…

          No I rechecked…PJ. Correct me if I’m wrong please.

          There are 1.609344 km in one imperial mile.

          8,886,356 km/2 divided by 1.609344 km = 5,521,725 miles/2 ……n’est pas

          Anyway, she is the richest woman in the world…and let me tell you about that…(Friggin Irish, they just can’t give a single simple answer)

          I have a great love for the drawings, the sketches of Leonardo De Vinci. What a beautiful hand he hand.

          Now Leo was an intelligent fellow, an inventor. The epitome, of what Jon Rappoport expounds — he Leo invented a process were by using the chicken leg bones, dried and burnt, and silver wire inserted into a penlike holder, one might come up with a thing of the most profound beauty: the silver-point drawing. Leo’s are the visual form of beatitude.

          The Queen of England own many silver point drawings by Leo. The estimated worth by today standards is beyond belief.

          Can those precious things be seen by the public…never, only in books.

          • PJ London says:

            That is lineal measurement not square measurement.
            Divide again, as both length and breadth are to be divided.
            For arguing with the teacher (incorrectly) you now get 12.
            It is estimated that the queen owns about 32% of the worlds land mass.
            She owns every sq inch of England and Wales.
            Leasehold : you hold the land on behalf of the sovereign and pay a periodic lease.
            Freehold : you hold the land on behalf of the sovereign free of payment.
            Of course the Barons and Earls act as intermediaries in the holding of land and collection of rents.

          • PJ London says:

            Sorry I forgot the factor is 2.589988110336. sq km per sq mile.

          • Now if we are talkin in Common core…and we use blocks of ten apples for miles and bunches of bananas for kilometers…

      • E.S.Fair says:

        Michael, does your physical / natural body have a constitution? is your self not the first “body politic”? yes here on North America all People are apparently rendered into chattel as persons and thus legally corporate with a 9 digit pecuniary number for tracking… but, i, a man, am NOT corporate thank you. I do require my employees to register and swear oaths of fealty to an constitution (s) in spite of their apparent unwillingness to comply

        just a bit of food for thought


    • jbsptfn says:

      I ran this by someone, and they said that you misread this, Ri-chard. Here is what you missed:

      Quote: “The first sentence refers to TWO formerly hostile entities: 1) King George III and 2) The United States of America. The document identifies King George III as the “Arch-Treasurer and Prince Elector” only of “the Holy Roman Empire etc” and the next reference “the United States of America” identifies the second of the two formerly hostile entities. Here is the relevant text:

      “It having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the Hearts of the most Serene and most Potent Prince George the Third, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lunebourg, Arch- Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire etc.. and of the United States of America, to forget all past Misunderstandings and Differences that have unhappily interrupted the good Correspondence and Friendship which they mutually wish to restore; and to establish such a beneficial and satisfactory Intercourse between the two countries upon the ground of reciprocal Advantages and mutual Convenience as may promote and secure to both perpetual Peace and Harmony; …”

      Furthermore, the document reads:

      “Article 1st:
      His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States; that he treats with them as such, and for himself his Heirs & Successors, relinquishes all claims to the Government, Propriety, and Territorial Rights of the same and every Part thereof.”

      • What is laid down in the definitive treaty is that all further transaction, would be paid in “Sterling Money”. Which is the coin of the realm.. And that extended to the Navigation acts. In fact the condition was set that Pounds Sterling would have to be purchased to have any economic conditions with England.

        The truth is not found in the Paris Treaty but in the Navigation acts, that came later…Waterways were open to England for free…the great Mississippi was open to the English from the sea to its source, enabling free trade. Congress lower the tonnage fee for import ships of the English and the restriction on foreign vessels enabled British monoply of imports…

        It is the same condition that petro-dollar holds in the world — the English did it first.

  6. Joz says:

    So how do we explain Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez’s Education…. that she got elected while she exhibits beyond abnormal brain capacity educated at Boston University? No Reason, No Logic, No Structure: The classroom, at best, has taken on the appearance of a fact-memorization factory; and we should express grave doubts about the relevance and truth of many of those facts.

    A society filled with people who float in the drift of non-logic is a society that declines. Cortez is proof of this system: ”Absurdum” sound just about right. What boggles my brain more, is the brains of people that voted for her are?

    • Ah, a fly in the ointment. A Democratic Socialist — sounds familiar…Nazi. Ooops that slipped out, sorry. I wasn’t calling you one dear Joz.

      You might as well say a, Racist Socialist, as the Democrats invented racism in America, as well as the Jim Crow law, and the eugenics of planned parenthood, and the KKK and ramped up feminism of the Margaret Sanger Clintonbots. God there’s so much to talk about..

      I would say that she will defy every positive, that Trumps government puts forth. She is ment to be a stone in ones shoe..she part of that Blue puddle that happened the other day.

      I have to stop writing here, I have tendency to eat too much of this chocolate cake of yours Joz. My waist line is getting so big…and the word of the day is humble.

    • Larry says:

      There’s another possible explanation: voter fraud. We *must* return to the paper ballot, with iron-clad chain-of-custody protocols all along the way….

      • There’s the rumour that George Soros did own the companies that ran the electronic vote in 16 states…Snopes, Politifact and the phony fact checkers say no. Worth checking though. He is paying for the caravan.

    • PJ London says:

      There is a reason for the phenomenon ;
      “Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction.
      Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity”

  7. Conservative Detective says:

    This lunatic-looking Alexandira has made it into Congress. Politics have (has?) never worked.

  8. Mooeing says:

    Jon, i was born in 1988 and it was not too long since i left school. I graduated college in 2010. I couldn’t write for the longest time and struggled with english courses until i took philosophy in college and began to develop my own beliefs. You are 100% correct that absent from logic then you have a malleable mind that will conform to the authorities. I was an A student and graduated in the top 5% of my class and could handle math and science classes but could never form an opinion on a book. I really thought “ok i read the book and agree now what do you want from me.” Once i learned logic i rejected public school and now homeschool my own kids. I left the political facade and became a libertarian. I voted for myself this past election. I’m an advid reader and researcher of natural cures and homepathic medicing. I only see chiropractors and Nd’s now but now i understand why they too have sold out from sounding the alarm. I’m constantly realizing that everything i was taught was a lie which allows me to freely think what else is a lie.

  9. PJ London says:

    ” ….. The President said. “I question why we have schools. If I were to take a child of six or seven and have them sit at a table in a factory for seven hours a day and then make them work two more hours at home, sewing buttons on shirts or labels into trousers, the world would, quite rightly, be up in arms. But force them to spend that amount of time in memorising some dates about ancient battles and to repeat the dubious claims of the victors, and such abuse is lauded as being ‘Education’.
    Every child I ever met is intensely curious and wants to know everything, but trying to get 30 children of differing abilities to want to learn about the same thing at the same time in the same place is the problem.
    I had thought of cutting the school day for children to three hours, with a morning and afternoon session for teachers, let the child choose one or the other. 10 to 15 children per class and teach a single subject for the whole session. That way the child has time to participate and become enthusiastic. ‘Enthusiastic’ as in inspired or possessed by a god.

    What I envisage is training and education, teaching our children to read and write and sing, but more importantly teaching them to think. A classical education, where Sophocles and Jefferson are the reading material, not Batman and the Simpsons. Where lessons are debates and discussions, not memorisation and mindless repetition, and if the whole day or week is devoted to contemplating why Caesar was prohibited from crossing the Rubicon, and why he did it anyway, then perhaps we will maintain a society where civility and good manners rule, rather than fear and greed. ….”

    • Bravo..
      I use to get slapped everytime I brought up that idea in class, when I was a boy in catholic upper school. Way back in stone age.

      My kids would get so mad at me because I would maintain that they use the muscle and argue their point with me…convince me. Logically prove to me…

      School made it easy for them, in way, because it was about socializing and the groups, passing around the mind virus.
      I had a very tough time, even the family and teachers were against what I thought. But you cannot let that stand in your way.

      What is difficult beyond belief, is the barrage of culture on a young mind, that you will face in this.
      It is terrible, the over stimulus of wrong ideas. Not allowing their minds to come to rest and learn the art of contemplation. And look here, don’t look there.
      I was opposed to that, and more to your explicit.

      The simpsons, batman, my little pony…they are like drugs.

      Interesting to note, in ending… there is a society of Bronies now all from that stupid “My Little Pony”…these are adult children now, we are talking big people — men, with hairy chests, running around like my little ponies — of course now theres a S and M twist to it.

      …affected by arrested development and a manufactured culture.

      • PJ London says:

        I had a pact with my teachers, if they ignored me and allowed me to look out the window all day, I would not embarrass them by asking questions they could not answer.
        The two most ‘personable’ boys in the school, handsome, good students, perfect prefects etc, were as thick as planks and surprise surprise went on to become doctors.
        As for the girls …. not one of them was willing to demonstrate that they could think or hold a ‘contrarian’ opinion. They just wanted to be popular with the teachers.

  10. As Michael burns wrote something like that happened to me too.

    A logically thinking person becomes a social outcast and getting a good job becomes difficult. He can not fit in society. He really has a tough time merely existing in society.

    As you want your children to not to suffer, would you want your children to be logically thinking persons or would you want them to forget about logic and truth and just conform to society and be like everyone else? I want some feed back on this difficult point as whenever I talk to children about truth and logic I am afraid that I may be jeopardizing their chances of future happiness.

    • PJ London says:

      I would never want to conform and taught my sons that being honest to oneself was more important than being popular.
      As for ‘happiness’ it is vastly over-rated.
      ” …. The President passed his entrance interview and studied at Oxford, reading politics, English literature and philosophy. An unschooled African who could give a comparative analysis between Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, was somewhat unusual. He gave a perfectly rational discourse on why John Mill’s development on Utilitarianism should lead, in a democracy, to the 51% slaughtering the 49% as this would reduce the overall unhappiness in the group and increase the happiness. They found it difficult to refute, except on the unproven hypothesis, that one is happier being unhappy but alive, than being dead. The multiplicity of suicides tended to question their theory. ….”

      “Do not pursue what is illusory – property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life – don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. ”
      ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      To my sons and people everywhere ;
      “My wish for you… is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.”
      ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

    • Larry says:

      ontologicalrealist, here’s food for thought: an increasing number of Silicon Valley parents are limiting their children’s screen time.

      • The Independent a UK rag of sorts. Never trust it as a source of anything Larry. It is finely crafted, piece of limited hang-out propaganda, and usurious in nature — meaning it collects interest. It caters to the left, and throws gasoline on the fire of American left/right dichotomy. No longer in newsprint, it now abounds online. One of Murdoch’s old things, he didn’t need anymore…it has muslim sympathies.

        TI is a mouthpiece for the Kremlin; part of a sophisticated networks, that I am up to my Wellington boots in researching…

        It is owned by father and son team Alexander Lebedev and Evgeny Lebedev, and Sultan Muhammad Abuljadyel… Alexander is a Russian oligarch finely educated by Moscow intelligentsia. He owns — in part the Russian newspaper called Novaya Gazeta, the London Evening Standard and the Independent.

        POI: Gorbachev set up the paper NG from his noble prize money in 1993 lol…At the foundation of the Russian Federation. It is very close to the Kremlin. Some say it is, the voice of Putin.

        Yell uncle if this is too much information…

        Lebedev is an ex-KGB officer (sic) under Putin who is its head. Publicly the KGB dissolved after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Not went deep state, and is the hand that runs the Russian oligarchy, the mob from St Petersburg, of which Putin is its head — tremendous amounts of money, unfathomable really, is at their disposal. The KGB became the FSB (Russian Intelligence) and is still run by PUTIN…but, very secretive. The Russian federation is a very large mob Larry.

        And they are all Russian orthodox Christian…

        Evgeny, Alexander’s son, a progressive reporter (sic) of sorts…

        Their aim is control on the internet — from a Russian point of view — and this media control is to make the Internet so distasteful to intelligent and awake personage — the American public at large, that they quit using it and abandon it totally. They fuel the radical dissent in the left/right paradigm in the west. They are what feeds the fifth column in America and the west. 

        The last partner is Sultan Muhammad Abuljadyel, of Saudi Arabia, he ran “Arms investment” of the 2nd richest bank in SA…terrorism really. That bank runs “Islamic banking practices”…if you know what that means?

        Such a story Larry is taking advantage of an already underlying mistrust of Silicon valley by Internet users. It is not the Truth per se — the writer, Chris Weller is a member of the WEF (World Economic Forum) an NGO and think tank centered in Geneva. When you hear Putin talk of Davos, this is what he means…as different from “Davos in the Desert”.

        Chris Weller is what you would call, and what they call an “Ideas Reporter”, and writes under that banner for Business Insider. He writes a lot of puff pieces about Bill Gates.

        It really is fear-mongering, and bending the truth to suit “their needs”. A different way of looking at Globalism.

        Granted the Internet needs fine tuning, but, no use throwing the baby out with…

        “The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”  – World Economic Forum


        • MB, fascinating info! I’d like to follow your research but it looks like your blog is canceled/not working? Do you have another one somewhere? The Russians have always fascinated me, not sure why. “The Russian federation is a very large mob Larry.” I had a friend decades ago who was a pretty shrewd guy and worked in Moscow from the Czech government and he told me the same thing. He said it’s corruption that we in the West can hardly fathom, worse than any 3rd world country he knew b/c the $ was so huge.

          • Larry says:

            Sorry guys, but the Russians are rank amateurs when it comes to embezzlement by certain factions in our corporate-controlled government right here in the good ol’ US of A.

            Check out over at Catherine Austin Fitts’ website.

          • Larry, I don’t doubt it and I love CAF. That was decades ago like I said, not long after ‘the wall’ came down. I had NO idea what our own factions were doing, I was a Peace Corps volunteer and deep in the propaganda machine, as was everyone I knew.

      • Larry says:

        A list of various websites carrying the same story regarding limiting screen time for children in Silicon Valley

        So there, MB! ????

        • I am not debating screening times for children, you are perfectly right. I am saying that, the propaganda machine sees anything that is against America, and then exploits it to no ends. Making sure it stays in the public eye..
          Russian trollism is to put a bad taste in the mouths of Internet users in America. Why?
          Because it supplies answer to important Russian questions
          Okay, so yeah, cut back, monitor your child. That has always been wise.
          I said, ‘don’t trust The Independent, the rag is a Russian mouthpiece.

  11. truthaholics says:

    Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    “Logic; the capacity to reason, to think lucidly; to separate sense from chatter; to discover deception and avoid being influenced by it; to remain free and independent from the shifting opinions of “the herd”; to maintain personal liberty in the face of every spurious enticement to abandon it; to come to grips with competitive sets of First Principles which will lead to freedom or slavery; these are the stakes in our time.

    This is the crossroad.

    Choose the path that can bring us the fulfillment of a worthy goal.

    Choose reason over vacuous mindlessness.”

  12. From Quebec says:

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

    “I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.

    “And what do you deduce from that?”

    Watson ponders for a minute.

    “Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe.

    What does it tell you, Holmes?” Holmes is silent for a moment. “Watson, you idiot!” he says. “Someone has stolen our tent!”

    • “…dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.”

      I don’t think so…what kind of dirty joke is this.
      I am a great fan of Shirley’s, and I know for a fact, he is a prude, and would have had his own tent — he never saw “Brokeback Mountain”, and was never in a gay relationship with Dr Watson.

      This is the most despicable thing you have written you little french tart.

      • PJ London says:

        Surely it is true, Sherly had a french grandmother (Vernet) and as such he is suspect.
        “They were roommates before Watson’s 1888 marriage and again after his wife’s death.”
        He was a user of Cocaine, Morphine and tobacco probably as a result of his French ancestry with an “aversion” to women.
        In the current PC climate his “Baker Street Irregulars” would have led to sharing accommodation with Rolf Harris.
        To deduce his proclivities is elementary my dear fellow.

        • God almighty PJ:

          Are you bound and determined to bring down western civilization.

          “Tie me kangaroo down sport..” has taken on a completely new meaning me for me now PJ. I’m beside myself now…well a little closer than that…

          Do you realize you are ruining precious child hood memories…that song, introduced me to the Didgeridoo, and the wobbleboard, for God’s sakes.

          I once heard Mozart’s Requiem in D minor on the Didgeridoo and wobbleboard.

          Volfgang would have been amused, and amazed…you haven’t heard Mozart Requiem Mass till you hear it on a Didgeridoo mate…

          It helps to have a good stiff one, preferably Jameson’s, just before. Its made, ya know — and I heard this straight from the horses mouyh by eunuch Irish catholic priests as a penance for all the buggery.

          Sherlock Holmes and Rolf Harris, down all on the same day. What next Robin Hood ‘liked’ tights, Ivanhoe was a cis-knight….aw the humanity.

          • PJ London says:

            Michael deary,
            I don’t mind looking a little Wilde but really, ‘being bound and …’, ‘Tie me kangaroo down …. mate….’ I am just not that into Masoch or Sade (although Candide was quite amusing), and when I say ‘My word is my bond’ I am referring to financial matters not romantic.
            As for Robin Hood, well really; Little john, Merry Men, who does he think he is fooling?
            ‘Sherlock Holmes and Rolf Harris, down all on the same day.’ Going down is now the ‘In’ thing of Western ‘Civilisation’ don’tcha know. (PS ‘Getting down’ is quite different to ‘Going down’ and should never be confused.)
            If you have ever contemplated a ‘Didgeridoo’ it is quite obviously a substitute male appendage. Even the word itself exudes connotations, said very slowly and to the right audience it is an invitation to play with the grasping and blowing that accompanies the instrument. There was the clue about little Rolf, we should have realised.
            and as for me?
            Well, It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
            –Oscar Wilde

  13. Larry says:

    PJ London, you and MB should really put your heads together (no pun intended) and write a book or a screenplay …it would be a hoot!

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