Can Freedom Survive the Narratives?

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from The Wall Street Journal,

We live in the age of supercharged story lines, most of which are demagogic nonsense.

The problem of the 21st century, you might say, is the problem of the narrative line.

But in the 21st century, the country has been all but lost to the politics of whoppers.

Grown-ups, both black and white, find something fishy in this metaphysics. They know that history is a journey.

Our moral generals are fighting the last war. The struggle to which Americans, of whatever race, should be paying attention is the one that has to do with freedom. It has to do with privacy, mind control, individual liberties—with totalitarian systems of surveillance and manipulation perfecting themselves in an alliance of big tech, big government, global corporations and artificial intelligence. Wokeness—a politics that manages to be both prissy and vicious, a totalitarian social design that flies the flag of everything good and nice—fronts for the real problem of the 21st century: a sinister autocracy just around the corner.

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