Hogs Gone Wild

In the 1960 science fiction film classic, The Time Machine, based on H.G. Wells' 1895 novel similarly titled, the hero (played by Rod Taylor; photo, right) travels in a time machine to a distant future, which, at first sight, seems to be a utopia. But first appearances are deceiving,Rod Taylor in H.G. Well's The Time Machine and soon a disconcerting reality becomes evident. The hero observes that the inhabitants of the distant future, the Elois, are effeminate and shallow beings who neither work nor read books. They live an apathetic existence with no concerns, except for shallow self-indulgence. Food and leisure are provided for miraculously. During the day, the Elois, oblivious of their existence, pass the time in carefree activities, but at dusk, a siren blares, and the Elois are herded like sheep to the slaughterhouse, where they are cannibalized by the predatory Morlocks, the other degenerate, surviving human race.

Returning to the 21st century, we find our nation assailed by economic and security problems. The United States continues to travel down the road of dependent welfarism and insidious Boy Scouts of America emblempolitical correctness. The political establishment remains preoccupied with inane "zero tolerance" in schools, so that children who take toy guns or express Christian beliefs are reprimanded or suspended from schools. The Boy Scouts of America (photo, left), that taught patriotism, fidelity, honesty, courage, courtesy, and other civil virtues, as well as survival skills in the wilderness, are hounded out of existence because the traditional organization opposes gay counselors. The epitome of absurdity has been reached, when, in the face of a determined and barbarous enemy, who brutally kidnaps and beheads journalists, soldiers, as well as the completely innocent abroad (and recently it seems at home), we remain mired in utter vacuity with the mainstream media spending inordinate time on gay marriages, ”lifestyles,” and the misadventures of celebrities.

More Americans are being brought up in single parenthood, in illiteracy, on food stamps, remaining helpless and dependent on the government for every need — from housing to cell phones. The level of dependence has reached a point some Americans consider themselves prisoners in their own homes, fearful of, and victimized, by thugs and hogs — yes wild hogs Hog damage to lawnroaming their neighborhoods! A recent documentary in the Discovery Channel is quite disturbing, not so much for the damage caused by the feral hogs, as for showing the dramatic sense of helplessness expressed by the victimized Americans!

So dependent and helpless some Americans have become they are afraid to venture outside their own homes at night — for fear of hog attacks!  And this is at a time when the price of beef and pork has gone through the roof! Go figure! Have guns become so demonized and hunting so politically incorrect that Americans are afraid to even protect their own private property, while at the same time utilizing a natural resource and procuring another source of meat for their family? Where has the rugged individualism of Americans gone? To Russia?

If so, it may explain why Russia elected and re-elected Vladimir Putin, a self-defense and nature enthusiast, who mounts and ride horses in the country, and hunts wild animals in the taiga of Siberia. We in the U.S. elected and re-elected Barack Obama, who vacations and plays golf, and more golf, at Martha's Vineyard!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is Associate Editor in Chief and World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International. He is a former Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Adjunct Professor of Medical History. Dr. Faria is the author of Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). He has written numerous articles on the blessings of liberty and the venalities of totalitarianism, collectivism, and communism — all posted at his website: www.haciendapub.com & www.drmiguelfaria.com

Copyright ©2014 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

A longer version of this commentary was also published in GOPUSA.com on October 1, 2014 under the title “A Nation of Elois?” The illustrations seen here were provided for the pleasure of our readers at HaciendaPublishing.com. 

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Insidious political correctness!

Electronic comments, Macon Telegraph, October 4, 2014

Franklin Hogue, (Hogue & Hogue, LLP): Dr. Faria, I know it's not your main point, but why is political correctness "insidious?" That is, if "political correctness" is defined as a form of culture politics where certain words or phrases fall out of use or arise as a part of our effort to fulfill our vision of being a society that is "inclusive" rather than "exclusive," then how is this "insidious?"

Dr. Miguel Faria: Mr. Hogue, although we may disagree on certain issues, I know from your writings you are a sincere advocate for the dispossessed and an attorney who cares deeply for the defense of your clients. With that said, first, I disagree with your premise about the dream and the effort for a more "inclusive society." I'm all for civility and due respect for human dignity. But the effort in political correctness (PC) goes beyond that and comes not from a dream but from an implied use force by the government behind it to enforce it (e.g., the branding of "hate crimes" for selective and unidirectional crimes, etc.). It leads not to a more voluntary and benevolent society, but a more authoritarian and repressive one. Political correctness (PC) is insidious because it limits freedom of speech by conditioning what can and can not be said, gradually limiting freedom of thought as well. A beautiful rendition of this is found in George Orwell's 1984, where one finds such telling terms and objectives as "thought crimes," campaigns to curtail language, and the censorship of "The Ministry of Truth." Nonfiction versions of this are thriving in communist countries, such as Cuba and North Korea'; Islamic "Republics," such as the Sudan and Iran; and increasingly, social democracies, such as Canada and the Scandinavian countries, where increasing restrictions of political and cultural speech have been made. We are headed in the same direction.(1)(2)

Reference

1. Faria MA. Liberal orthodoxy and the Squelching of Political or Scientific Dissent HaciendaPublishing.com, August 19, 2013.  http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/liberal-orthodoxy-and-squelching-pol...

2. Blaylock RL. When Rejecting Orthodoxy Becomes a Mental Illness. HaciendaPublishing.com, August 15, 2013. 
http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/when-rejecting-orthodoxy-becomes-men...

PC —dual definitions?

Dr. Faria,

Thank you for your response regarding the insidious nature of “politically correct” speech. My post and your response reveal that we’re talking about two different things. Given your definition of “PC,” then I agree with you. And, in an unusually helpful discussion of the term in Wikipedia, I see the historical root for the way in which you used the word in your essay.

I was thinking of the term more in its modern usage, mostly in academia, as way of changing attitudes and even policy by changing the way we talk, particularly with regard to race and gender, but also with respect to disabilities and other ways in which we as a society have become more sensitive to other people. I take that to be a good development, but I concede that that use of “politically correct” is limited and not the way you used it in your essay. Again, given your use of it, I agree with you when you assess it as “insidious.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_correctness

By the way, I hadn’t heard about feral hogs terrorizing neighborhoods. I had to Google it to see where this was happening.

Frank

P.S. Re. [Viewpoints] commentary on macon.com ... I do occasionally like to comment there, particularly in response to well-written essays like yours or in an effort, probably futile, to clarify or even correct faulty opinions in matters I’m familiar with, such as criminal law, for example.

Franklin J. Hogue
Hogue & Hogue, LLP
Macon, Georgia



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