Can the Truth Be Resurrected?

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Robert Ringer

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Now that spring training has begun for another season of the Political Liars Circuit, it’s a good time to reflect on the greatness of truth, since it’s a commodity that will be in decreasing supply over the next fourteen months.

The Hillary Fabrication Express is nothing more than a warmup act for what is to come between now and November 2016. As candidates become ever more desperate, the lies, as always, will become ever more frequent and ever more outrageous.

In today’s demented “black lives matter” environment, it’s hard to believe that someone like Socrates actually existed. But he did. In fact, he was born into an age of individual greatness, and was considered to be the most virtuous of all the virtuous men of his time. Socrates was, in fact, the prototype for all subsequent teachers of virtue.

That he spawned Plato, then Aristotle, is all the more tribute to this remarkable man’s moral stature and teaching ability. And today, after more than 2,000 years, he is more admired and beloved than ever. Is there anyone whom you believe will be admired as much as Socrates 2,000 years from now? That is most definitely a rhetorical question.

Given his stature as a paragon of virtue, it’s quite ironic that Socrates was put to death for impiety and immorality. His death at the hands of the orthodox power holders in Athens — 400 years before the birth and death of Christ (falsely accused in a similar fashion — not of heresy, but blasphemy) — underscored the fact that even in the times of yore, “no good deeds went unpunished.”

Socrates’ official sins were that he denied the gods of Greece and was judged to be a “corruptor of youth.” Thus, when you consider the demise of this giant intellectual of Western culture, it belies the aphorism “the truth shall set you free.”

In fact, right up to the very end, Socrates could have escaped that fancy hemlock cocktail the state mixed for him had he been willing to renounce the truth, but he nobly declined. Thus, the dictum that the truth always triumphs is itself an untruth.

The problem is that the average person is inclined toward accepting lies as easily as truths. If this were not so, no one would vote, few products advertised on radio and television would be purchased, and slogans such as “America’s diversity is its greatest strength,” “hands up, don’t shoot,” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” would be without supporters.

But as discouraging as all this may sound, truth has one big advantage over falsehoods: No matter how many times it is ignored, no matter how many times it is thought to be dead, sooner or later thinking people manage to rediscover it. And when the circumstances of the time are right, they are sometimes even able to resurrect truth and spread it throughout the land.

Fortunately, we no longer put “heretics” to death, at least in the Western world. But advocating something that is true, yet flies in the face of conventional wisdom, can be punished in other ways. We see this in politics all the time. Those who dare to speak out against the status quo (more properly referred to as the “statist quo”) are ridiculed, dismissed, and accused of being extremists.

All of which makes the Trump phenomenon so interesting. Conservatives and libertarians don’t seem to care that Trump has donated to Hillary in the past. Or that he admits to having paid many other politicians for favors. Or that he has sometimes voted Democratic. Or that he’s been married three times and was unfaithful to his first wife.

How is he able to get away with such a track record? Because he’s dredging up truths that people had just about given up on. They don’t give a damn who the messenger is. They just want someone — anyone — to have the courage to deliver the truth. All the other big-name politicians of today fear being thought of as heretics if they dare say anything that goes against established Demopublican beliefs.

This is what made Ron Paul the Socrates of our time, and, in the eyes of the Republican establishment, the ultimate heretic. He simply refused to say things that he considered to be immoral or untrue — and he’s still at it.

The biggest cost of a world that cowers from challenging accepted beliefs is the loss of a multitude of promising fresh intellects that dare not follow any bold, independent train of thought, lest they become outcasts. This is a tragedy of our times — indeed, a tragedy for all times — because the first duty of a great thinker is to follow his intellect, regardless of where it may lead him.

Emerson was so right when he said that “Nothing is as sacred as the integrity of your own mind.” Which is precisely the problem. Today, millions of people have no respect for their own minds. That’s why most of the world’s population is trapped in mental slavery, which makes their brains fertile ground for sound bites, talking points, slogans, and unsubstantiated social media blather.

That said, we can all kick back now and enjoy the Political Liars Circuit (or Circus) of the next fourteen months. But enjoy it only for its entertainment value, while being vigilant about using your intellect to decipher what is true and what is false. Above all, keep reminding yourself that nothing is as sacred as the integrity of your own mind. The alternative is nothing short of mental slavery — or insanity.

And who knows? — perhaps Trump or one of the anti-establishment candidates will even succeed in resurrecting truth for a time. Stranger things have happened. Hmm … on second thought, let me think about that one for a couple of years.

Robert Ringer

+Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

34 responses to “Can the Truth Be Resurrected?”

  1. Scott theczech says:

    You are so right on Robert! May I amplify though a little; the truth is. I don't own it, you don't…no one, it just is. It always wins out in the end regardless of denial, obfuscation, misdirection, misunderstanding etc., etc. What we humans can hope for are those who, like Socrates, point to the truth and ask us to join him in its' discovery.

  2. Richards says:

    Trump just likes to win games. He wouldn't know the truth if it hit him in the face: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/26/do
    Doesn't matter though, as no unapproved outsider will ever win the presidential elections.

  3. seifpro says:

    Is there anyone whom you believe will be admired as much as Socrates 2,000 years from now? Well, Jesus for sure. Perhaps the Kardashians as well at the rate we are going :)

  4. RealitySeeker says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Anybody who reads and writes as much as I do understands the talent it takes to compose such a good read.

    Trumpismo! Yes! It's so entertaining. Really! This has to be the best political, reality show in my lifetime. Wyhy? Because the Donald understands how to market himself. "Make America ( The Empire) Great Again" is better than Reagan's line, "are you better off than you were four years ago", or Clinton's, " it's the economy stupid", or the famous lie, " change you can believe in", uttered by you know who……

    "Make [The Empire] Great Again" is the right slogan for the right time for the right country. Americans don't want to hear anything Ron or Rand Paul has to say about returning to the Old Republic. No! Screw that! Americans want more bread, more circus, more welfare, more warfare, more SSI, more healthcare, more government, more money spent on veterans, more money spent on women's issues, more money spent on everything— more, More, MORE!. And the Donald is tapping into those wants. Donald is telling the neo-Romans what they want to hear. I will give you SO MUCH MORE than those other bozos. Donald delivers is the message he's sending. And it's working. Bye, bye Rand Paul. Americans don't want you, they want a flamboyant Caesar. Bye, bye what's left of the Old Republic, Americans don't really want a smaller government. Bye, bye Rubicon. The Donald is crossing the river, and he's on his way to Rome ( Washington).

    Yes! It's going to be quite a political show for the next 16 months. A reality show made all the more entertaining by a volatile stock market, a renewed flood of illegals, turmoil in every corner of the globe and, last but not least, Hillary's Nixonian email problems.

    • Jim Hallett says:

      You are so right, RS, in that amerika does not want thinkers and surely DEMANDS their politicians be entertaining, which is why good ol' moral Ron Paul had no chance, since he never entered the "charisma sweepstakes!" While I enjoy the sideshow as much as anyone, I think the Donald may be just trying to winnow down the Republican field (cause them to spend all the funds they could muster) and then graciously and flamboyantly bow out so his old gal pal, Hillary Horribilis, can have an easier access to the throne of the Empire (if she isn't rightly put in jail beforehand). No heed is given to the truism that socialism (or any of its other "ism" cousins) always fails, because we run out of everyone else's money to fund the grand schemes envisioned by the promoters. The dumbed down populace cannot respect the integrity of their minds because they have been addled by years of forced schooling propaganda, media deception, political brainwashing and the like, and would much rather be entertained than actually pick up a book or engage their mind in anything useful. Btw, Hilla's email destruction makes Nixon's 18-minute gap look like child's play, but the media love HC and could not stand Tricky Dick. Stand by, the curtain is set to rise on the next act of "Bread and Circuses"!

  5. oscarwildeweenr says:

    Soc, as I recall, also had opportunity to just leave, emigrate. Expatriation – not renunciation. Like mises, leaving the Nazis behind. Soc chose martyrdom. When I was a kid, I thought “balls.” Later, I thought, still do, “drama queenery.” If you want to keep, append “balls” to that, I’m ok with it. but balls & the show were ahead of brains that day…& probably most of the days leading up to that day.

    Spawned? I’d say that’s a usage case of the legend – as opposed truth – grows.

    Survived to the ocean, ocean survivors traverse hundreds of miles upstream rapids & waterfall gauntlet, bears, eagles, seals, sea lions, otters, wolves, fishermen. En route mortality is high. After which comes prespawn mortality. The humped males are made to be humped by the predator slew. Big bang reproduction, senescence, death.

    Whatever makes it to circle’s close had the luck of the draw, within & without.

    And this: Usually they return with uncanny precision to the natal river where they were born, and even to the very spawning ground of their birth. Determined, mechanistic. We ‘yam what we ‘yam & it is what it is. Socrates & sockeyes, plate-o’d every step of the way, including the last possible step. That’s what the spawn is. Soc didn’t get p & a there. They were already there. Trees falling in forests make sound whether you’re there to hear it or not. whether someone recorded the sound for the posteriors, or not.

    Same analogy, metaphor: copy of kurlansky’s book just arrived:: “in the story of the cod, mark kurlansky has found the tragic fable of our age – abundance turned to scarcity through determined shortsightedness. This classic history will stand as an epitaph & a warning.” – bill mckibben

    • oscarwildeweenr says:

      if the average person is inclined toward accepting lies as easily as truths, what is there for t-rump to dredge up, for the avg to give a damn about?

      Analog (but really just more of the same): health. Lamestream cartel vs the loyal oppositionistas. Those on the receiving end, in either tribe, just want someone – anyone – to have the courage to deliver the “truth.” but, cui bono? What do t-rump & all such truth-deliverers want? for the truthees to leave average behind for above average parts unknown? Not likely. not possible, either.

      t-rump is as carnivorously self-serving as his reptilian ancestor, & cannibalistic to boot. sprinkling loyal opposition “truths” over the averages is the running that has taken the place of the chasing t-rex used to do. But the gobbling up part is still just the same.

      Or, codpieces cutting the cod abundance to pieces. T-rump even wears his codpiece atop his head – discretion not the better part of squalor when sprinkling the averages.

      Political wo/man, per oppenheimer, are cannibalistic predators. That’s all. & the coliseum seatwarmers, cheering, jeering, thumb-pointing, are even less than that.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_frM44bBMfA

  6. larajf says:

    "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
    I would love to see a resurgence of truth and morals.

    • Jim Hallett says:

      Me fears you will have a looonnnnngggggg wait!

      • larajf says:

        I know :-) I've trained my daughter well and some day, she'll train her kids well. Hopefully by then with enough people doing the right thing, we'll have a culture to be admired again.

        • Bill Thomas says:

          Laraif, one of the problems with that as I see it is that we have multi-cultures in America today and as history has shown multicultural societies never succeed in the long run. In America today, you have several different cultures that aren't really interested in assimilating into whatever "Mainstream" American culture is supposed to represent. For instance, you have the flood of illegals that have no desire to assimilate but instead prefer to live within their own culture and language. You also have home grown cultures such as the Black ghetto culture that tends to dislike authority and the White race in general. The point is, I don't think it is possible to return to an American culture that we can be proud of. With the fertility rate among hispanics being what it is, in just a couple of generations, America will resemble something completely foreign to what we have known.

  7. RealitySeeker says:

    Socrates had a moral code that he lived by and died for…… 399 years later, another man was born. He had a moral code, too: "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" Remember? Jesus didn't run, either, he allowed himself to be betrayed with a kiss.

    Some men are like that. They value a moral code more than life itself.

    Crito: "O! my beloved Socrates, let me entreat you once more to take my advice and escape. . . There are persons who at no great cost are willing to save you and bring you out of prison; and as for the informers, you may observe that they are far from being exorbitant in their demands; a little money will satisfy them. My means, which, as I am sure, are ample, are at your service, and if you have a scruple about spending all mine, here are strangers who will give you the use of theirs; and one of them, Simmias the Theban, has brought a sum of money for this very purpose; and Cebes and many others are willing to spend their money too. I say, therefore, do not on that account hesitate about making your escape, and do not say, as you did in the court, that you will have a difficulty in knowing what to do with yourself if you escape. For men will love you in other places to which you may go, and not in Athens only; there are friends of mine in Thessaly, if you like to go to them, who will value and protect you, and no Thessalian will give you any trouble.

    Nor can I think that you are justified, Socrates, in betraying your own life when you might be saved; this is playing into the hands of your enemies and destroyers".

    Socrates: "Dear Crito, your zeal is invaluable, if a right one; but if wrong, the greater the zeal the greater the evil; and therefore we ought to consider whether these things shall be done or not. For I am and always have been one of those natures who must be guided by reason, whatever the reason may be which upon reflection appears to me to be the best; and now that this fortune has come upon me, I cannot put away the reasons which I have before given: the principles which I have hitherto honored and revered I still honor, and unless we can find other and better principles on the instant, I am certain not to agree with you; no, not even if the power of the multitude could inflict many more imprisonments, confiscations, deaths, frightening us like children with hobgoblin terrors."

    The above account is , of course, only an excerpt from a much deeper discussion between great critical thinkers. Time and space doesn't permit me a worthy commentary on Socrates' views; however, the following view of death itself is one of my favorite: http://www.consolatio.com/2005/04/socrates_on_dea

    • oscarwildeweenr says:

      soc's principles, such as they were, died with him, without a fight, subject to & victim of other men's "principles." maybe self-execution was less frightening to him than expatriation.

      greece, too, despite it's feted historical "principles" – in the west, at least – has been moribund, hemlock'd a long time, sacrificed by the same sorts that collaborated with soc in his own consumption. the political sorts.

      martyrdom's not a moral code, it’s a delusion. a dear one, evidently, given the long list of martyrs, & their apologists.

      moving aside, out of harm's way, pejoratively recast as "running," by a devotee of the reality of the jungle (other men's principles"), & going along to get along, & sleeved aces (shown to the whole table, as if a dare, or just a special prerogative), such as yourself, is an example of political talk.

      how often do you characterize leaving nyc,1st world shithole, as "running"? when your "last domino" is about to fall, & you use that 2nd passport, will you say you're "running," then?

      & in case you are implying you're "like that" – your conventional appraisal/regurgitation of soc self-murder – all your arguments for "homesteading" have been pragmatic – not moral.

      orwell, "politics & the english language": "The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

      self-murder, too, soc & all wannabe's. or those who want others to embrace soc "morality."

      • RealitySeeker says:

        Pard, you talk like I claimed to have a morality of one sort or another. I made no such claims. I don't claim to be half the man Socrates was or one tenth the man called Davy Crockett or Jim Bowie. But if you don't mind, pard, and even if you do, I'd like to admire men who take a stand against the Empire. Can I admire Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo and how they fought as the underdogs against Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader? I admire hit-and-run types more than I do the cowardly run-away types. Is that OK with you, pard?

        Really, for all I know Jesus and Socrates could have been as fictional as Santa Claus. I admire Santa, too, but that doesn't mean I have his morality. But I digress, I wasn't there, so I can't say for sure, pard, if'n Jesus was that that he was cracked up to be.. But I think Jesus being "resurrected" is about as likely as "truth" being resurrected. And the Christians sure have been waitin on Jesus' Second Coming for quite a spell. 2000 years is too long for me. Why I can't hardly wait for anything longer than a coon's age.

        I sure to like reading and rereading the story about Jesus, tho, because at least some of it rings true.

        The Book of John: Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, "I find no guilt in Him. "But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?" So they cried out again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas." Now Barabbas was a robber.

        Pard, the above account sounds plausible to me. And I really do believe that if Jesus or Socrates were resurrected that the Empire and its ignorant citizens would put such men to death. An Empire and its citizens want and need a Trump, not a Socrates.

        Happy trails, pard, and be careful you don't get back-shot as you run away.

        • oscarwildeweenr says:

          the part you're referring to was qualified. clearly. invoking seemingly plausible denial seems like protesting too much.

          it's pretty simple. finish what you start. do it right or don't do it. craftsmanship (pride) – & everything's craft. comportment. conduct becoming. etc.

          these are not in your principle set. not consistently, anyway. not when it comes to debate. you don't give as good as you get. you will not finish the debate. so there is no debate. called for "reign" – ad hominem, evasion, contradiction, self-serving historical interpretations (now piling on crockett & bowie, "empire fighters").

          it is what it is. "you can't do what 10 people tell you to do." that's an inside, you'll recall. so long.

          • RealitySeeker says:

            "these are not in your principle set. not consistently, anyway".

            Pard, I've never claimed to live a "consistent" life. Why I'd have to be nearly perfect to accomplish that. The simple truth is I've done some things I'm rightly ashamed of and a few things I'm very proud of. I've ridden the horse in both directions, pard, both at a full galloping retreat and a full, head-on cavalry charge. I've held the reigns between my teeth and filled my hands just like Rooster Cogburn did when he faced off against Ned Pepper's gang.. And that felt damn good just to come out alive. True grit feels good, pard. I've also played possum a time or two. I've also done some cowardly acts. That's the way most men's lives turn out, complicated, not too consistent.

            Fight or flight or camouflage, that's nature's way. Yes, indeed. And every man has to decide on his own what he's a gonna do. I can only tell you from my experience that fighting and winning even a small victory feels a whole heap better to me than putting tail between legs and running away. Rolling over like a dog, living on your knees like a serf and fleeing your enemies like a beaten down slave doesn't do much for a real man's self-respect. On the other hand, sometimes a body has got to do that a body got to do. Indeedly doodly, I admire Gandhi, too, and sometimes I try and emulate him. He was a brave man in his own right. Henry David Thoreau wasn't a runner. And his "Civil Disobedience" is another work I admire and deploy against the Empire. Spooner fought a pamphleteers' war against the government for over half a century. He didn't run. Why? Because he had a moral code. I admire him, too, and I quote him often. But that doesn't mean I think I'm as "consistent" as him.

            Ludwig ran, then he hit back. Hit and run. I respect that. Some men fight with a pen, some with a sword and others do it effectively with both. I respect fighters. Sometime in the future you might just see me on the news. I'll be the guy standing next to Alex Jones during one of his protests. I'll be wearing a cowboy hat and boots and holding the sign which reads: "COWBOYS DO HAVE SEX. WASHINGTON IS FUCKING ME"…….

          • oscarwildeweenr says:

            i've been in plenty of fights, rs. including one in particular – that i volunteered for, didn't have to do it – an impossibly long odds stupid one. & i was lucky, that time.

            other than that one self-con volunteer job, no volunteering.

            i know what's mine & what isn't. much of what you say is yours is not mine. i don't think it's yours, either. but that's what makes markets. some evacuate ahead of the eruption, & take those chances. some stay & take those chances.

            good luck to us both.

        • oscarwildeweenr says:

          p.s. any "reign" i may have sent your way, or even perceptions of such, please accept my apology. adios.

  8. blazedatrail says:

    Hmmmmmm! So much said! I cannot buh wonder why falsehood is easily bought than the truth. There goes the saying that The Truth is alwways Bitter. Human generally like being sold out especially in politics. Its like tell the masses what they want to hear and the follow you like cattle egret flying over the cattle. Yours Truly! Bigups Robert. I love ur insightful and analytical treatise

  9. Phil says:

    Great piece. I think Trump is most interesting as a candidate who may be able to break up the GOP Establishment, or at least prevent Jeb from running the roadmap to nomination paved by the GOPe. Not so sure he would make a great president, but given the alternatives, at least he would serve that useful function of clearing out some clutter. Personally, I think I prefer Cruz or Paul at the moment. But Trump is among the top 3-4, for sure.

  10. Ernie Zelinski says:

    Great article:

    This is the problem when mentioning the truth:

    "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
    — Mark Twain

  11. JOSEPH says:

    Trump will win. He will be the first outsider to do so. Because this time the political circumstances of the times warrant it. He is the right man at the right time in the right circumstances. That's why I say he will win. And, don't forget, the money he has will help him a lot.

    • Helen says:

      A plus factor for Trump: He will never be bought and of course, NOT being 'politically
      correct' is another plus for him.

      • JanesDoe says:

        Wont be bought? everything the man has ever done has been for his own personal gain! thats the very definition of being bought. And btw political correctness is a good thing, it means you have respect for others, thats all it is. You wouldnt like it if I called you a bitch but other people have to just get a grip because some people "havent got time" for it? time to join the 21st century

        • Jean says:

          Political correctness has nothing to do with "respect for others." THAT was the purvue of what traditionally was called "common consideration," a virtue that was denounced by the leftists during the "let it all hang out" era. PC has more to do with controlling not just speech, but thought. Look at what is NOT acceptable to say and what IS, and you'll see that PC has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with ideology.

  12. Richard Lee Van Der says:

    I suppose Donald Trump will intimidate and irritate defensive weak-ego types, but… Trumps armor is more than equal to their pettiness. Donald Trump is an impatient Pragmatist (What WORKS is TRUE!) and is in a hurry to correct what many of us perceive as UNAmerican-like ills. I do hope that De Trump will or can control his tendency to vindictiveness when he is crossed. He is obviously used to getting his own way. Post Haste. I believe he may be the antidote to the present poisoners (treasonous) of the Right American Way. But first, we will have to watch what the "Dirt Machine" will bring up or invent against De Trump. I do like an Idealistic Pragmatist, not a contradiction in terms, that I believe DT is.
    His character also embodies certain positive Power Philosophies motivated by an intense desire to Do Right, EFFICIENTLY and EFFECTIVELY. i DO HOPE Mr. Trump does not get dismissed as merely a Blow-hard because of his manner and mode of expression. Seems obvious to me that America needs a President such as I imagine De Trump would be… to LEAD in cooperation with Congress. He will not be the King. He will be the President, in spite of his strong expressive and persuasive ways. Unlike the present INcompetent goon!

  13. Teri says:

    And to quote a term I learned this morning….the only people whining about this country these days are the "professional victims". That's why they are trapped. That's why they have to have a certain person in office.
    Who cares who is in office?
    I would like to see Trump in office. But on the other hand, if Hillary gets in there, is am pretty sure I can still make it. When you aren't looking for a government handout, it really doesn't matter.

  14. Simulacre says:

    People may never discover the "Truth" this time, or ever again. It is far too late, as the delusion is set, the cool-aid has been drunk, and vomiting will not help, it has been absorbed. Robert is ever the optimist, and for that I am jealous; as I see no hope of Americans discovering anything anymore, except the end of Western life as we knew it.

    America has been "Gruberized" to the extent that they can't hear the truth, let alone understand what that truth is. They have become narcistic, selfish, and foolish – just watch them absorbed with their "handhelds", ready to fall into the fountain. But evolution being what it is, humans will probably evolve a "sixth sense third eye" that will take care of that so they will never have to look away from their screens while on the move…

    This political season is one like no other – plenty of candidates, and plenty of entertainment. It is difficult to use the names of any politicians on this site, as when you do, your post goes into the black hole abyss never to be seen again. Interesting. So with that in mind –

    The guy who is leading the Republicans is like no candidate I have ever seen, and it sure is refreshing. He doesn't seem to be holding back any truths as he see them, and this straight talk has the establishment in a tizzy and they don't have a clue what to do about it. So they will do what they always do, and just wait for the latest fad to die out, then hand wrap our candidate for us. This baloney has to stop, and I am hoping "This Time" it will be different, but I am not holding my breath as my first statement may unfortunately be the truth…

  15. Jean says:

    Contrarian though it may be, I actually think that "truth" is the reason Bernie Sanders has also achieved celebrity status among left-leaning individuals. He is completely off base in his beliefs about the way the world works, of couse, but at least he's HONEST about being a confirmed socialist! He doesn't try to hide his intentions behind a centrist – compassionate liberal – do-gooder facade. He just believes in centralized, top down control – no more, no less. And that does attract a certain type who feels inadequate in designing and driving his / her own destiny.

  16. emf says:

    The first part of this article brings to mind a quote attributed to Winston Churchill:

    "Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."

    It takes a person of strong character to pursue and uphold truth when to do so means going against the pack and even being marginalized and unfairly branded.

  17. csp/keynes says:

    You write : " And who knows? — perhaps Trump or one of the anti-establishment candidates will even succeed in resurrecting truth for a time. "__Dr Ben Carson will !

  18. anit says:

    And to quote a term I learned this morning….the only people whining about this country these days are the "professional victims". That's why they are trapped. That's why they have to have a certain person in office.
    Who cares who is in office?
    I would like to see Trump in office. But on the other hand, if Hillary gets in there, is am pretty sure I can still make it. When you aren't looking for a government handout, it really doesn't matter.