Clueless lambs in a world of wolves

Let me begin with one of my favourite quotes from JS Mill. Only useful if the aim is to discover the truth to the extent that truth can ever be known. It is not for those whose aim is to grab hold of some emotionally satisfying intellectual crutch and then hang on for dear life. This is what should be taught to all students (and their teachers).

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion… Nor is it enough that he should hear the opinions of adversaries from his own teachers, presented as they state them, and accompanied by what they offer as refutations. He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them…he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

It actually both astonishes and terrifies me as well that not one of my friends from School and University has changed their minds on any major political issue since those times. This even includes as close a friend as I ever had who ended up a Vice President of one of Canada’s largest insurance companies, but has remained a committed Marxist through it all right into the present. So when I see how warped our present batch of students are, it really does make me fear for their future. Clueless lambs they are in a world of wolves.

Craig Kelly also goes into the climate lion’s den to deal with the miseducated who will never examine the other side just in case they might find out how wrong they are: CLIMATE STRIKE DEBATE: TEEN ACTIVISTS VS. POLITICIANS.

You can watch Craig’s conversation at the link.

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15 Responses to Clueless lambs in a world of wolves

  1. stackja

    Lambs need a careful shepherd.
    Few about now. Wolves on the prowl.

  2. Up The Workers!

    These aren’t lambs…those who took part in the A.L.P./Brown Movement’s “strike for ignorance” are mostly vegetables!

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    By and large intelligent people of the Right know the positions of the Left, often have studied them, and can on a point by point basis refute them with real data and examples. Climate change, Marxist economics, minimum wages, socialist Venezuela, SSM, abortion, you name it. When the Left controls academia, government, organisations and the media the Right has to know the opposition in great detail, if only to survive.

    The Left, by contrast, has failed over and over to either understand or refute the positions of the Right. Their response more and more is to say “shut up!” Then they enforce that command with totalitarian laws and Antifa violence.

    By their own actions they confirm that they have lost every argument. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    It mystifies me why so many on the Left seem to want to bring Australia down into the depths of misery and squalor, as holds sway in Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and had held sway in the Soviet Bloc until the people rose up in disgust.

  4. Paul Froiland

    Climate change is a hoax and should be called out as one. It would be laughable if it were not taken so seriously and with such an unproductive downside. We should stop being so indulgent / complacent as kids are indoctrinated into what is a scam by self interested con artists & rent seekers who care so little for the average Joe.

  5. Snoopy

    That’s one scary, er, boy.

  6. Major Elvis Newton

    Why don’t these politicians put the obvious questions to these climate zombie toddlers?
    In the SBS video, Craig Kelly should of straight up asked the indoctrinated ingenues “(W)hat are you prepared to give up in exchange for your demanded action on climate?”
    Once you have established that baseline, begin the “conversation” from that point.
    I very much doubt they are prepared to give up anything that would limit the amenity of their current lifestyles.

  7. Mark M

    ICYMI, Outsiders on skynews had 2 failed doomsday parrots.
    Via twitter, in 2 parts, the doomsday parrots:

    1. https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1107069765363724288

    2. https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1107071143146475520

  8. Mark M

    There is hope, year 12 student Joanne Tran gets it right …

    ‘I don’t think a bunch of kids waving around signs who don’t understand what they’re advocating for is the informed debate we need in this country.’

    https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1107064154974613504

    Well said Joanne.

  9. I’ve tried to watch that video on three separate devices and it won’t run.

  10. John Constantine

    The Squalor that is caused by the revolutionary struggles of the proletariat is Cheerful Squalor, demonstrated by the spontaneous outpourings of cheerfulness whenever the leaders of the left are escorted in public by their heavily armed paramilitary death squads.

    The proles cheerfully give up whatever sacrifice is required for the Struggle, whenever informed of their spontaneously cheerful contributions by the secret police.

    Comrades.

  11. Diogenes

    I very much doubt they are prepared to give up anything that would limit the amenity of their current lifestyles.

    Mrs Diogenes had a letter to these students asking pretty much the same question pop up on her farcebook feed … along the lines of “you are the first generation to demand air conditioning in your classrooms, you are the first generation to insist on being able charge to mobile devices 24/7, you are the first generation that throws a perfectly good phone away every year as fashions change” etc etc

  12. Rebel with cause

    I’m not overly worried. The kids involved in the protest (other than those just using it as an excuse to get an arvo off school) looked like total conformists incapable of free thought. There’s few things less cool than having the exact same ideology as your Gen X parents.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    I can still remember being a teenager ,well vaguely it was a few years ago ,in the 1950s . Im sure we kids woukdhave love to wag scool for an afternoon ,especially if we boys coukd show off to the girls ,shouring meaningless rubbish and waving placards would add to the fun ,they were just kids being kids ,the organisers are the dangerous ones ,dont they have a job ? People with jobs cant take days off as they please ,,only if the communist union calls a strike .
    Asking them what they would give up is a great way to drive home consequences of the gangrene fraud . If they ban coal fired power they can do without. Air con ,microwaves ,computers i phones etc except when the wind blows just right . How many windfarms are nearing their use by date ? The whole thing is a bloody shambles got up for gigs by carpetbaggers and rentseekers .

  14. Ceres

    I thought Craig was far too indulgent of these kids and should have challenged their rote learnt views. However I guess he did not want to give them a hard time and appear ‘mean’.
    As suggested above are they prepared to give up all the trinkets of the 21st century? Methinks not. It’s the current cause célèbre and these naive kids are jumping on the propaganda bandwagon. There is hope with the likes of Joanne Tran who has stuck her neck out which takes some doing when you’re a teenager.

  15. george1st:)

    Too many Sergeant Schultz’s nowadays , we need more Colonel Hogan’s .

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