Many of those high-status hippies were ALREADY working for the government in the '50s and '60s, either as narks or as willing helpers for CIA and its tentacles. They didn't switch, they simply advanced in the ranks.

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Jul 28, 2022·edited Jul 28, 2022

Very solid. Neil Young took his music off Spotify because of the presence of Joe Rogan (who I’ve never listen to). The old hippie radical has been coddled by his wealth unto intolerance.

This time though I think it is much more menacing; Gutenberg and moveable type face made the Vickers job obsolete but the tools available in this Digital age will not be thwarted.

We are lost. This new ethos as you point out is in all our institutions our children are being marinated in it, it will be a long march.

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Thank you, Jeff, for sharing this essay from a group I'd not yet stumbled upon.

As an old man who jumped on the micro-computer train back in the late 70s, when I feel melancholy the source is most often regret at helping to spawn the internet.

As a source of information, I find my computer stuffing a fire hose into my brain when all I wanted was a sip of water.

I've added wrongspeak.net to my list of interesting sites and will return to it when I need to vanquish the melancholy of an old man.

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