Because of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the year 2016 has been dubbed by some as the Year of the Revolution. That moniker may be a stretch, but these are exciting times for those of us who’ve long advocated political decentralization, and want a President who all but guarantees to shake up the system in an anti-establishment sort of way. If there was ever a system that needed a good shaking up in an anti-establishment sort of way, it’s ours, and not a minute too soon.
While Brexit and the election of Donald Trump are good things in and of themselves, or at least portend to be, there are two related developments of these events which have equally set my heart a-flutter—that the Lame Stream Media and Establishment Academia have lost any sense of credibility they’ve ever had, and that they have both been exposed of the shameless hypocrisy that its critics have known for decades. They are both in-the-tank sock puppets for the corrupt establishments here and abroad who have forfeited even a pretense of independent, unbiased information dissemination.
Let’s start with the media. They are rigid and ossified, reflexively and instinctively incapable of thinking outside the establishment/statist paradigm. They worship at the altar of big government. The bigger the better. If you asked any one of them at what point do we stop the growth of the government, they would be tongue-tied. After all, they are technically government employees, certainly co-conspirators, parroting the talking points fed to them everyday by their government sources. But Brexit and Donald Trump have thankfully made hash of them. They blindly and mistakenly supported the wrong side of both plebescites and had their asses handed to them.
With the dawn of the internet, The Lame Stream Media have long since lost their monopoly on the dissemination of news and information. I stopped watching the evening network news about the same time I stopped smoking cigarettes—that is, decades ago. Neither serves any useful purpose. I get most my news and information from FreeRepublic, Drudge, and Breitbart. But my favorites are probably not yours. The beauty of the internet and the alternate media is that it allows us to customize our sources of news and information from countless choices, leaving the Lame Stream Media holding the bag. They are indeed yesterday’s news.
And much of the world has done just that. The world is on-line; it’s been digitized. We are no longer dependent on an oligopoly of establishment suck-ups for the daily news. The news has been thoroughly decentralized. The internet is the greatest blow for individualization and democratization ever. There are now a million voices rather than three or four. And so, since the Lame Stream Media have steadfastly adhered to establishment orthodoxy, it has lost that Walter Crockite-level of respect and credibility it once had. They’ve been hung out to dry by millions of us yearning for a cut above the establishment pablum offered up by our fossilized networks.
And now on to the establishment Academia which comprises nearly all of our colleges and universities. They, too, embrace the establishment/statist orthodoxy of their media counterparts. But what makes them an even greater threat is that they are spoon-feeding their one-sided marxist worldview to their gullible, woefully ignorant charges. Liberty is a four-letter word. Castro is mourned while Jefferson is mocked and scorned. Black Lives Matter matters, but policemen are tarred and feathered as enemies of the people. I’d like to ask every college professor and administrator, “If your loved ones or property were being threatened, whom would you call—Black Lives Matter or the cops?” I rest my case.
The year 2016 will mark the year in which the media and academia have suffered a long and well-deserved shot to the ‘nads. They have been roundly and deservedly humiliated. Have they learned anything? Nope. Will they admit to their abject stupidity and promise to mend their ways? Never. But that’s a good thing, for they will continue to dig themselves into deeper and deeper holes requiring bigger and bigger shovels.
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