This is why I keep banging away on the idea that government is force. Because once you forget that you forget a lot more things. You forget that system is domination and that universal system is universal domination (H/T Frankfurt School).
When you remember that government is force, you realize that the government is not interested in education, except as education increases its power; not interested in science, except as science increases its power. Dr. Ben Santer’s Livermore Laboratory was opened by Edward Teller to research the nuclear physics for Curtis LeMay’s bombology.
I tend to get impatient with the liberal innocents I know. After all, an educated person ought to know better. But we will turn the innocents away from liberalism more by friendly conversation that by didactic impatience. Mea culpa.
Or not. In my experience, most liberal “innocents” work very hard to maintain their innocence, because they love their innocent certitudes: There is a pony in there somewhere, kumbaya, at bottom every person is good, and all the rest of the moronic drivel that makes up their canon.
And they will cliing to these childish beliefs right up to their deathbeds, assuring themselves that true communism has never been tried, that capitalism is the greatest threat to humanity and liberty ever created, and that they and theirs have a monopoly on “the good,” while everybody else is “evil.”
That they are able to maintain these beliefs in rainbows and lollipops, even while standing on a mountain of bones created by them, because, while they are indeed self-made naifs, they are also deeply stupid. And stupidity, in the end, always extracts its own deadly price.