Curtis Dahlgren
Ask for the old ways, wherein is life
By Curtis Dahlgren
March 21, 2023

(Note: Originally published on July 20, 2022)

"The past will not tell us what we ought to do, but what we ought to avoid." – Jose Ortega y Gasset

"A fool contributes nothing worth hearing and takes offense at everything".... "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all".... "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." – Aristotle

"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations." – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

"Whenever law ends, tyranny begins." – John Locke

"If the truth shall kill them, let them die." – Immanuel Kant

ME: I think he meant that rejecting the truth would kill them. Many have said, in various ways, "Sin isn't hurtful because it's forbidden; it's forbidden because it's hurtful."

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." – George Bernard Shaw

"The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any." – Hannah Arendt

"You can have your experience or your perspective. But there is no such thing as 'your truth' or 'my truth.' There is only the truth." – PragerU

"Reality doesn't go away when it is ignored." – Thomas Sowell

"Wrong does not cease to be wrong [just] because the majority share in it." – Leo Tolstoy

"The fact that a majority of a community dislikes an opinion gives it no right to interfere with those who hold it." – Bertrand Russell

"As the months passed, friends and colleagues of mine who were highly educated, and who had been lifelong critical thinkers, journalists, editors, researchers, doctors, philanthropists, teachers, psychologists–all began to repeat only talking points from MSNBC and CNN, and soon overtly refused to look at any sources–even peer-reviewed sources in medical journals–even CDC data–that contradicted those talking points. These people literally said to me, 'I don't want to see that; don't show it to me.' It became clear soon enough that if they absorbed information contradictory to 'the narrative' that was consolidating, they risked losing social status, maybe even jobs; doors would close, opportunities would be lost. One well-educated woman told me she did not want to see any unsanctioned information because she was afraid of being dis-invited from her bridge group...."

– Naomi Wolf, bestselling author, columnist, and professor; a graduate of Yale University and received a D.Phil. in English language and literature from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar

John Stuart Mill warned us about the "tyranny of prevailing public opinion." Now it's the "silent majority's" opinion versus the perceived "approved" narratives of the elite political class: "Settled science" and politically correct public policies, the majority be damned.

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." – Joseph Joubert (1774-1824) says that in 2021, 88% of students agreed that colleges should encourage students – and professors – to interact respectfully with people whose beliefs differ from their own. But how much of that tolerance actually still exists in practice on the campus? More than one student has heard from the podium:

"When are you going to quit believing that crap your parents tell you?" One more from

"Threats to open inquiry (the ability to ask genuine questions and share ideas without fear of rebuke or censure), however, are not new,... Our 2020 Campus Expression Survey data show that roughly half of undergraduate students in the U.S., regardless of their political ideology, agreed that the climate on their campus prevents people from saying things because others may find them offensive. Many faculty members, administrators, and staff at universities have expressed similar concerns.... "

CONCLUSION: Regardless of ideology though, who are the people afraid to say "men can't get pregnant?" The people on the LEFT.


P.S. To paraphrase John Stuart Mill, if only one person on the planet disagreed with the "consensus," it would be wrong to use force to silence him (or her). Remember the Emperor has no clothes.

PPS: The Left thinks it is "wrong" to point out the errors of anyone's way because there is no absolute right or wrong, while they try to convince us of the error of ours.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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