I feel that our current political climate is moving more and more towards homogenisation of thought rather than celebrating diversity. Oh, we SAY we celebrate diversity. But not diversity of thought, belief, value system, et cetera. The stereotypical political/religious right versus the atheistic left versus the religious left versus I-don’t-know-whom. Greedy politicians questing evermore for increasing power wooing narrowminded sheeple that espouse the kneejerk “There oughtta be a law” reaction to anything they dislike that day. The lonely voices of the libertarians and Ron Paul supporters seem like the “voice crying in the wilderness” while the rest of the world demands that the heavy hand of the law suppress all dissent.
Currently in vogue is the notion that global warming is caused by humans, and the only way to prevent imminent global catastrophe is to grant politicians absolute power over what lightbulbs you buy and how much toilet paper you use.
Pity the poor, dissenting scientist who questions the current mindset…
(found on Fark.com; not sure where it came from originally)
“Liberal” thought would allow for meaningful dialogue and respectful disagreement. “Scientific” thought would challenge preconceptions and question everything. Religious, fundamentalist fervor would seek to quash dissent wherever possible, backed by the Power of Law from the self-appointed thought police.