0250_Dr. Kim Holmes, author of The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left — will speak at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCU Sept 25, 2017_ YouTube of Dr. Holmes talking about his book

September 21, 2017

Dr. Kim Holmes will be speaking at Colorado Christian University (CCU) this coming Monday evening.  Over a year ago he wrote a book The Closing of the Liberal Mind:  How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left.  Groupthink and intolerance are what is “taught” in our society, through government schools and the media in general.  It has increasingly moved into law.

Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Kim Holmes
Monday, September 25, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Colorado Christian University

Leprino Hall 170

180 S. Garrison St. Lakewood, CO 80226

Details and RSVP

Our academic system in the United States is designed to keep students focused only on what the system wants them to know, or feel, or do.  They are not equipped to make their own decisions, but rather to carry out the wishes of the “education” system.

At the end of this blog piece, you can watch an early 2016  YouTube with Kim Holmes talking about his new book.

The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left

In the following YouTube, Dr. Kim Holmes explains a “new” situation with Progressives.  People tell him that Progressives have always been that way — but he says not really … “there is something fundamentally different and new.”

View it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br3sbzYehJQ and below:

3 minutes and 36 seconds

TRANSCRIPT OF THE ABOVE YOUTUBE:

If you look up the definition of the word “liberal” in the dictionary, you will find it means many different things.

The word broadminded comes up.  The word open-minded comes up.

A liberal is supposed to be somebody, according to the definition; that is tolerant of different points of view.  The idea being that well you may disagree with me, but you have every right to your opinion. Above all, no one has the right to deny you or me our freedoms of expression —  and our freedom of conscience.

In the marketplace of ideas, competition must be kept open.  There’s no settled science.  The ends of history are open-ended – we’re not sure where we’re going.  Checks and balances must be maintained in the government to insure that no one single party, or even one partisan point of view ever prevails forever.

The rule of law is sacrosanct; and the same rules should apply to everyone.

That is sort of the general idea of what a liberal-minded person should be.

Well by those standards today self-described liberals have a problem.  Speech codes and safe spaces are used on campuses to stifle dissent, and to shut down debate.  Progressive Attorneys General are issuing subpoenas against so-called climate change deniers.  Some activists actually want to try them as war criminals.  The IRS has targeted the President’s political opponents, while the President himself has abused his executive authority.  Religious people who question same-sex marriages are called bigoted and worse.  Some are even threatened with boycotts, fines, and even imprisonment.  Universities where progressivism reigns supreme are places of stifling intellectual conformity.  And all across America, whether it’s in our neighborhoods, in our schools, or in our local governments – there’s a zero tolerance of anything that may offend or disturb whatever the orthodoxy happens to be in that particular institution, at that particular time.

Now it’s plain to see that progressive liberals today have become the opposite of the liberal-minded person as I have described them here.  They’ve become intolerant in the name of tolerance – they’ve become close-minded – they’ve become even illiberal – which is the opposite of the liberal person:  close-minded, intolerant, try to control debate, stifle dissent.  And too often they use public shaming rituals particularly in the universities – and even coercion, increasingly through the law, to stifle dissent, and to shut down debate.

So I wrote this book because I wanted to tell the story of how this happened, and it’s a long story.  It’s actually an historical story.  It’s not just what’s happened in the last 8 years.  It’s been going on for a very long time.

And so, unfortunately also there are a lot of misunderstandings and myths, I think, that I wanted to tackle.  I must say at the outset:  it will not do, if you are a conservative, simply to argue that, “Well you know, Progressives have always been this way.”  This is a response I’ve gotten on Twitter, as I’ve been trying to promote the book.  A lot of people come back with, “What’s new under the sun?  So they’re intolerant now – they’ve always been intolerant.”

Well I just don’t think that Progressives, even though they’ve held long, strong-held views – but I think that their war against dissent and their desire to control, have never been as intense as they are today.  So I think that there is something fundamentally different and new.

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