November 8, 2005

Repressed knowledge

Bill Quick:

In case you'd like a glimpse of what the mainstream media's future looks like, the blogosphere has done a far better job of reporting on the French riots than the collective gazillionaire weight of the MSM.

There's a reason for this, of course. Most of those reporting and editing for the MSM have a visceral feeling of support for the Eurosocialist project, and hate to report any news that puts the entire liberal-left program there in a bad light.

I feel tons of schadenfreude right now, but not for the poor French. It's for all those people who have told me, over the course of my whole life, that stylish Europeans do everything so much better than us coarse crude greedy bumbling Americans. And how getting rid of religion, patriotism, individualism, unmanaged capitalism, and old-fashioned-morality was going to bring paradise...

Actually the French problems are just a somewhat-harder-to-ignore version of messages we've been getting for the last 40 years or so. But a large number of us have repressed the knowledge. I suspect that that's a large part of why left-leaners are acting so crazy these days. The psychological toll of holding their world-view together by repressing almost everything happening in the world must be terrible.

There seems to be a fad in popular psychology right now to discover "repressed memories." It seems kind of iffy to me, living as I am in a city where at least 80% of the population is desperately trying to repress at least 80% of what is happening all around them. They cling to NPR and the NYT, drink blix, and pretend that nothing has changed...

Posted by John Weidner at November 8, 2005 9:04 AM
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