Knowledge – a poor substitute for Truth

How is your “truth meter” doing these days? Do you feel like it may need a bit of re-calibration after a year of being dragged through a baseless impeachment, questionable health crisis, and disturbing irregularities in a presidential election? “Don’t get excited,” because the media assures us that it’s all for the good (“Nothing behind that curtain!”). We are quickly becoming a society that has lost its appetite for the truth; content to apathetically look the other way regardless of of any egregious outrage unwinding under our very noses.Has a half century of legalized abortion deadened our communal conscience so completely to seeing the truth? I would say that our “truth meters” have been desensitized to the point off accepting any proffered illusion as a verifiable truth.

Perhaps the problem is that Americans by and large have too long accustomed themselves to equating knowledge with truth, with hardly distinction drawn between them. Living in a science driven culture it becomes easy, and all to common, for us to make this mental switch. But in fact, there are many different kinds of knowledge, not all of them true. There is the knowledge of the trickster which is meant to deceive, create illusions, or even cheat others. The job of a propagandist is to make us believe some version of events or reality that may not be quite objective or accurate. For if truth itself were self-evident there would be little demand for rhetoric or the art of propaganda. Bread lines would be swollen with journalists and lawyers. Continue reading

Prohibition ~ 2020 Style

In January of 1920 the United States embarked upon the most radical social experiment in the nation’s history: Prohibition. Despite the assurances of progressives that the outlawing of alcohol would resolve a great many of society’s problems, just the opposite occurred. Formerly law abiding citizens undertook to engage in now criminal activities. Gangland power and influence corrupted local and even state governments. Bloody turf wars erupted in American cities as organized crime grew and prospered, fed by the millions made from the illicit liquor profits that steadily poured into their coffers. By 1933 Americans had enough and repealed the anti-saloon amendment which had not reformed society but instead led it deeper into social chaos.

A century later, in March of 2020, history doubled down on its previous mistakes, embarking on a new social experiment more radical and far reaching than Prohibition. But this time around the experiment was implemented on a global scale: the lock-down not of one single activity but of the greater part of the world’s economic life. The pretext for such draconian measures was said to be public health – a far broader and more vague rationale than the curbing of public drinking had been back in 1920. Like Prohibition of old, this new Prohibition of any and all social interaction, enforced by de facto “house arrest” superimposed on entire populations, has produced destructive secondary effects entirely out of proportion to the supposed health threat. While the intensity and severity of those lock-downs has varied from country to country and even state to state, their cumulative effect has been appalling.

Suicides, depression, drug abuse, divorce, unemployment have all soared to record levels. The UN recently estimated that an additional 130 million people will die of starvation this year alone because of the vast economic disruptions caused by global reactions to the Covid-19 virus! That represents a 100:1 ratio of deaths related to lock-downs compared to deaths related to Covid. Is this what we now consider to be a rational response to a viral infection whose case fatality rate of approximately 0.15% is similar to that of the common flu?

The new Prohibition experiment has had other injurious effects as well, such as the social disruption stemming from millions of students and young people locked out of classrooms and denied normal social interactions. All that pent up energy and frustration is bound to be released somehow. Do not be surprised when it leads to social media induced street rioting, smashing and burning public and private property over some incident of alleged police misconduct. No longer must these young cynical vigilantes, impatient with any form of legal due process, wait for investigators to sort out the facts. A three second clip on facebook is all the encouragement they need to go on an anarchist rampage, even if that video originated four states away from where they happen to reside.

Take away their classrooms, their sports programs, and their routine activities; confine them to their basements where their only contact with reality is a digital screen; pump them full of media hype to fan inordinate mortal fear over a virus which barely registers in their age group and you have created a volatile emotional cocktail for these young and inexperienced people. Such unrelieved angst combined with already raging hormones and youthful exuberance may well produce a powerful sense of social alienation, despondency, and explosive anger. Some will turn to drugs or alcohol, others will contemplate suicide or pour out into the streets like raging animals: a mob aimed in no particular direction but that of authority in general. I witnessed this very phenomena close up in my own city recently and it is a frightening specter.

The old truism that civilization is but a thin veneer separating us from the jungle is proving itself before our very eyes. Sometimes it takes very little provocation to strip away that veneer. Is this radical social experiment now being carried out by public health and governmental authorities meant to test the breaking point of their people or to protect them from a supposedly “dangerous” virus? As such I am becoming increasingly skeptical of the true motives driving our leadership class’ handling of the crisis.

Just as the first Prohibition experiment failed miserably to accomplish its stated goals, the moral improvement of society, so this new Prohibition 2020 is looking more like an unmitigated disaster than a public health initiative. The reality is that more and more people are dying of untreated cancers, diabetes, heart disease, etc., not to mention widespread abuse and self-inflicted harms resulting from severe emotional stress and economic dislocation. Millions of our elderly are being locked up in prison-like conditions, denied access even to their own families. I ask you, is their emotional well being somehow less important than their physical condition? Or is the money generated for those care facilities the real motive behind detaining these unfortunate inmates under lock and key?

As health policy this new Prohibition 2020 strategy is failing badly, but as social engineering it seems to be exceeding all expectations, certainly if one’s intent is to undermine the democratic process. Remember Prohibition #1 was enacted by the popular will of the people. Prohibition #2 was imposed at the behest of unelected “experts” and Big Tech media oligarchs from the top down, without the least semblance of legislative authority.

This leads us to the final, and perhaps originally intended, consequence of Prohibition 2020. After disseminating a fraudulent pandemic on an unsuspecting public, is it surprising that the same “deep state” political and media elites are now foisting a massive electoral fraud on the same unsuspecting public? After all, we passively accepted the scripted media narrative about the manifest dangers of Covid, even after widespread medical evidence has emerged (though barely publicized) to deflate that narrative. Still, people religiously don their face masks, even when driving alone in their own cars!

If that first deception could so easily be pawned off as “science” why not characterize middle of the night ballot dumps or secretive and irregular vote tabulations during a key presidential election as “open, free, and fair” democracy? It seems that Big Tech companies and their allied media pals have colluded to set themselves up as the real kingmakers. Who needs voters when you have “experts?” Elections become a mere formality. It’s all part of the Prohibition 2020 experiment. But as I remember history, one of the more deleterious results of the 1920 Prohibition experiment was the corrupting of the electoral process and public officials by gangland bosses grown rich on illicit profits. The new bosses are now tech bosses grown rich at the expense of small mom and pop businesses which they have ruthlessly driven into near extinction, even more so since the lock-downs, rioting, and general induced fear takes more and more of their former customers off the streets.

Prohibition 2020 has proved to be a very successful venture both in social engineering as well as a money and power grabbing operation by ruling oligarchs and the unsavory, self-serving politicians in their pockets. And now, if they get away with blatant electoral larceny, beware what cometh this January 20, because you ain’t seen nothing yet! We human guinea pigs may end up envying the common lab rats. And so, as you cover up your face to leave the house just think of all those folks on the left also busy covering up… the truth. As Mark Twain once quipped, “History may not repeat itself, but it sure bears a strong (and in this case putrid) resemblance.”

Francis J. Pierson a.m.d.g.

Relativism vs. the Future?

I have just published a new book called Letters to Sophie. This is a short (116 pages) easy to read tract containing 24 chapters, or “letters” addressed to a young woman living at some time in the future. The sub-title explains the book’s basic premise: Why God should matter in an age of deconstruction. Sophie, in her childlike innocence, knows nothing of those conflicts today which will inevitably form her future world and its ideologies. So how would you explain to this young woman of tomorrow the current battle for the soul of Western culture?

Th modern age has been a truly epic contest between the traditional values of Christianity and that creeping materialistic naturalism exemplified by Relativism. To date the relativists have consistently taken the offensive in the struggle while Christians by and large have been content to play defense. And while defense is an important element in any strategy, it doesn’t generally win wars or football games. Whether we like to admit it or not, the 21st century reality is that Christianity has already effectively lost the culture war, which might also explain why we now find ourselves in such a precarious political situation. What we are now seeing is simply the enemy’s “mopping up” operations. Continue reading

Which is the Real Threat?

Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing the beaming, Godlike faces of young chidren being smothered under all those ubiquitous, loathesome masks. For even as vandals senselessly deface our historic monuments, parents and schools are actively defacing their own children, made in God’s own image, under the slimmest pretext of a viral threat. So perhaps one of the questions we should be asking today is this: “What constitutes a real threat?”

Growing up in the 1960s I well remember the threat of nuclear annihilation by the Soviets as our greatest fear. Yet in spite of that looming apocalyptic prospect, life still went on in its regular rhythm. Kids played, dinner bells rang, and we still had to get tomorrow’s homework done. The threat to world peace, though very real, was not an excuse to overturn one’s everyday existence. Society still functioned in its normal channels. Continue reading

Battling the Paper Dragon

If you’ve ever seen pictures of a Chinese festival you no doubt recall those huge dragons which can snake for several blocks as they wind through city streets. A closer look reveals hundreds of human feet underneath which propel the paper dragon along its course. (Sure, I know it’s really silk but we live in “virtual” times.) The people belonging to those feet remain hidden and anonymous so that all the spectators and frightened children see only see the dragon’s ferocious features.

The world today is being treated to another kind of paper dragon in the form of a coronavirus pandemic. This dragon is being contorted, manipulated, and directed by an unseen hoard of faceless bureaucrats and journalists whose sole aim seems to be capitalizing on the public’s fear and panic. Accompanying them is an administrative deep state which has by now become so entrenched that political leaders unquestioningly impose whatever draconian measures these mysterious figures may demand. It seems utterly surreal to watch formerly free societies buckle under their arbitrary, and often harmful, diktats like a bunch of new recruits in boot camp. Somehow I must have blinked when we adopted the North Korean rule of law but here we are, six months into a global boot camp with no end in sight. Continue reading

From Safety towards Slavery

Will history remember this generation as the one which inherited freedom only to bequeath tyranny to succeeding generations? It increasingly appears that this may be the case. Our unfortunate legacy to the future seems to be an administrative “deep state” that reduces the free human spirit to servile conformity, not by brute force but through carefully planted threats and fears. A postulated health peril, grossly exaggerated and widely publicized, has now effectively paralyzed societies worldwide. The invisible menace induces countless people to passively tolerate the blanket suspension of their natural rights and liberties. The supposed enemy, a slightly altered yet otherwise ordinary virus, has been inflated, through tireless and repetitious propaganda by various agencies, into an existential threat to humanity itself. But what really seems to be in question is the survival of the human spirit, not the human race. Fear has become our true enemy, not some shadowy microbe, as I watch irrational fears reduce once freedom loving men and women into panicky animals sequestered in their holding pens. Continue reading

“Scrubbing” Our History

The recent disgraceful treatment of St. Junipero Serra’s memory reminds me of the main character in George Orwell’s prescient classic 1984 who worked in the Ministry of Truth. His particular job in that ministry was the constant revision of history to fit the official party line at any particular moment. The past was to be constantly readjusted so that it would always jive with the present political narrative. Welcome to our current Orwellian sequel, 2020. Today’s version of the Ministry of Truth goes by various names: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, or Native American Studies. These “truth ministries” are now a part of every major university. There, history is constantly being rewritten to fit a narrow, “victim – oppressor” narrative. Classroom study is further supplemented by disruptive activism (or virtual lab sessions) which includes pulling down or defacing monuments to any supposed “oppressor” from the past.

Fr. Serra, the great Franciscan missionary who founded nine missions up and down coastal California during the late 18th century, has been vilified and had statues vandalized and toppled amidst accusations of genocide and racism leveled against him. But the facts do not bear such charges out. Nearly 5,000 Christian Indian converts lived in relative security on mission lands because Fr. Serra fought diligently to protect them, not only from tribal enemies but also from Spanish civil authorities and colonists who, too often, cheated and brutalized the natives. Serra’s first sin, according to the identity politics view of history, was being a white European male who brought his Catholic faith to the indigenous peoples of California. He is charged with Christianizing pagan Indians, and for that grevious misdeed he will not be forgiven by modern day academics harboring deep hostility towards Christianity. Continue reading

Why I don’t wear “the Mask”

This being my 101st official post (hooray!), I feel entitled to offer a humorous riposte to those people who glare and ask me why I’m not wearing a mask. Answer: “Because I’m better looking than you are.” But the real fact is that many of us simply refuse to drink the Kool Aid being poured down the public’s throat by Big Media that masks are critical to protecting everybody’s health. Lately even Dr. Tony Fauci has admitted that the masks are “largely symbolic,” a remark that the same media outlets don’t seem overly interested in reporting.

Face masks have by now taken on the role of “virtue signalling” as those of us who shun them have quickly learned. On more than one occasion now some perfect stranger has glanced my way with obvious scorn to elicit the peevish inquiry, “why aren’t you wearing your mask?” I suppose it’s because I have nothing to hide ~ after all, isn’t that the more common purpose of a mask, to hide one’s identity? As for any hard scientific evidence that, outside of hospital settings, masks reduce the risk of infection ~ there simply isn’t any. Continue reading

A Perfect Storm in America

We have now entered into Phase II of the great Covid-19 social experiment on how social isolating, er… “distancing” combined with government mandated unemployment for 30 plus million workers can drive the more unstable members of society to unleash their brute animal instincts (also known as rioting).  Pavlov would have loved to witness this party. It only takes a few months of non-stop fear mongering and media induced hysteria to turn people into frustrated, pent up animals.

As we have now entered into the riot phase of the grand Faucian experiment you are no longer required to social distance so long as you are hurling rocks and insults at the police or setting cars and buildings on fire. Arson is such a great release from two months on non-stop daytime TV! But do wear your mask because masks will keep you safe ~ not from the virus stupid ~ safe from being recognized or photographed by CATV and police cameras. One other positive benefit of the mask is that it hides at least parts of some very ugly mugs from full public view. Those people carrying looted big screen TVs out of Target are not exactly super-model types. Continue reading

A Crisis of Public Sanity

What constitutes a true National Emergency? Lately it seems that faulty computer models emanating out of the NIH are sufficient justification for turning our daily lives into paroxysms of reactionary fear worthy of Chicken Little. All this induced anxiety seems to be the new normal as Big Data imposes its iron will upon every aspect of our formerly peaceful lives. We’ve become so comfortable with “virtual realities” that we are now apparently well primed for “virtual catastrophes” such as the corona virus pandemic. But have the American people by and large made a “Faucian” deal with the devil, willingly trading away their most valued freedoms for some illusory “safe place” to hide out in the current crisis? I fear that for today’s Americans the distinction between risk management and crisis management has become hopelessly blurred so that the faintest amount of risk is now posed as a definitive crisis. I would call such a trade-off not a crisis of public health but of public sanity.

The media has played no small part in this unfolding hoax. What they initially presented to us as a serious public health threat has turned out to be an entirely different thing: a crisis of public sanity. I say that because after eight long weeks of endless data pouring in it should be obvious by now to any unbiased observer that this novel corona virus, engineered in a Chinese bio-weapons lab, is hardly any more virulent than any other common flu strain. And yet people are wandering about looking like zombies with half their faces missing (behind a mask). They are forbidden to go to work, stand close enough to chat, or eat their lunch in a public outdoor space. They cannot attend Church services or visit their local pub or flower boutique, though they can still purchase “essential items such as liquor and marijuana! Continue reading