Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spreading the Calgary School Cancer

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)

In a comment on yesterday's post, CLS tells a tale from the belly of the beast:
I had the misfortune of taking a mandatory PhD course taught by someone connected to the Calgary school. Most of the course was about the necessity of the 'noble lie' because the masses are unable to cope with reality. Because of the inadequacy of the masses it is necessary for a small group to take control under the guise of the noble lie so that chaos can be avoided, and truth embraced. When I read the Walrus article chills went up my spine because the ideology it examines was at the centre of the political theory course I took.
Thanks CLS for helping reinforce the point. My sympathies for having to endure such dreck.

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Anonymous said...

This is a different version of some of the material presented in the Walrus. You may have already come across it. What I find unsettling is the extent to which such views appear to have become mainstream.

Constant Vigilance said...

I have and it is a good starting point. Thanks for bringing it up.