Memo to literate people: do you really want to shrink language?

Memo to literate people: do you really want to shrink language?

And shrink the mind?

by Jon Rappoport

June 20, 2017

Under the onslaught of political correctness, numbing education, fake mainstream news, and other covert techniques, an attack on language is taking place.

Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave can see this.

The solution is: go the other way.

Refuse to back down. Refuse the pressure to shrink language.

Reject the attempt to shrink formal argument and logic to slogans and mottos and vague generalities. If necessary, educate your own children. Teach them English and literature and logic. Thus, make them smarter, not dumber.

Expand their capacity to use language.

Large numbers of people are heading deeper into idiocracy, but this is no reason to abandon the quest for greater intelligence. This is no reason to despair. Life is not a search for the lowest common denominator. Others may think so, but you don’t have to.

In my 12 years of formal education, the smartest thing I did was enroll in two college courses in logic. The professor was a brilliant hair-splitter. He could discern the differences between any two hairs you might offer up. As a result, his students sharpened their minds into well-made swords. The practical real-world effects weren’t immediately obvious, but as time passed, I could certainly see the benefits. For starters, I could distinguish between fake and real analysis of information. The fake brand was replete with generalities and obfuscations.

Great numbers of people buy the fake brand. So be it.

Why join the crowd?

Deciding that a whole host of words and phrases are “hate speech” makes people dumber. Makes them less, not more, tolerant. Makes them resemble machines. If they can’t understand that, so be it.

An invisible trend is developing in society. A significant number of people who have minds and know how to use them are removing themselves from the common swamp. By their capacity and merit, they are constituting a natural elite.

And by rejecting sophistry, they are rising to new heights.

They are literate, in the best sense of the word.

In my collection, The Matrix Revealed, I offer a basic 18-lesson course in logic. In another collection, Power Outside The Matrix, I present a long audio section titled, Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation. These are contributions to an emerging future in which the individual controls the destiny of his own mind.

He doesn’t aim to fit in. He goes the other way. He bucks the trend.

All propaganda targets the group, the mass, the collective. An individual who doesn’t join up needs every possible tool, in order to stay independent.

If you don’t think so, consider current trends in illiteracy, non-logic, propaganda, political correctness—and project what the cultural landscape will look like in 20 years. It’s not a pretty picture.

Institutions of higher learning?

You are the institution.

You’re the president, the dean, the basic faculty, and the student of higher learning. You’re carrying on the tradition of Socrates and Aristotle. You’re putting up “mind vs. mob.” You’re the herald of a victory most people can’t fathom.

From the intellectual rubble of a declining civilization, you’re carrying the basics on which civilization is built. You’re not waiting for others to catch up. You’re showing the way.

The word “education” comes from Latin roots. “Ducere,” to lead, and “e” or “ex,” meaning “from” or “out of.” Education is a process of leading an inherent capacity out of the student into the light. That capacity is based on rational thought, logic, and expanded (not shrunken) language.

Education is real. It means what it has always meant.

It can be defamed, twisted, distorted, perverted, reduced, stepped on—but it endures. The desire for it never disappears.

It needs independent individuals who are teachers. Such teachers don’t shirk their mission. They find glory in it. They don’t make excuses. If one venue doesn’t work, they find another. Their passion shines.

And students will appear.


The Matrix Revealed

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)


Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

14 comments on “Memo to literate people: do you really want to shrink language?

  1. warneveryone1 says:

    Legally Stupid Playlist Randy Murray Former Teacher

  2. Greg C. says:

    So glad that you don’t get caught up in 100% political analysis, Jon. So depressing when people put all their hopes in their government and their leaders, and spend so much of their energy wailing about their inadequacies. The real power rests with us, and this article shines the light on one aspect of this power. I’ve been teaching music for just over two years now, and I’ve developed a way where 90% of what I teach is through questions and example – not through explanation. And now I’m adding to the mix, leading students to discover the power of their thoughts and beliefs – much more powerful than any strained efforts they may make! Education must not narrow down the possibilities – it has to widen them.

    If I could change just one belief in everyone to improve the world, it would be this: you are the product of your own consciousness, and it is yours and yours alone. Yours to do with whatever you wish. Imagine millions of people overnight, abandoning their wasted efforts to live within our various systems. Or abandoning their belief that they are losers because they are outcasts of these systems.

  3. From Quebec says:

    A guy kills the TPP and the Paris climate accord: He is a Globalist

    A guy wants to built a border wall: He is a Globalist

    A guy runs on nationalism: He is a Globalist

    A guy wants to put America first: He is an Isolationist

    A guy wants to get rid of illegal immigration: He is a racist

    A guy delegates power to his staff: He is a control freak

    A guy brings jobs back to America: He is a selfish hater

    A guy wants to lower taxes: He is clueless

    A guy gets rid of business killing regulations: He is careless.

    A guy stands for the second amendment: He is violent

    Etc, etc, etc.

    I am sad to say, that some people here, still have no logic whatsoever.

    Keep the good work, Jon!

  4. Prescott says:

    Taking the time to study grammar and logic outside of school has contributed more to my education over the last three months than three-and-a-half years of college courses. These disciplines are foundation to the process of learning. They enable the mind to understand the basic forms of information and see the relationships between different pieces of knowledge.

    School teaches you that facts are marbles, and the way to success is to cup as many in your hands as possible. Nothing appears to be connected to each other. Thus when the talking head experts spew their nonsense, you catch their new marble and potentially drop a few others. There’s no way to catch contradictions because everything’s isolated; the world just doesn’t make sense.

    But once the individual takes charge of his education, learning transforms. Suddenly, a unified tapestry of knowledge begins to unravel in front of the eye. Creativity takes hold as connections are made across subjects and disciplines, forming a map unique to the individual’s mind. Now with feet on solid ground, a person can stand fast against the barrage of propaganda and inanity he faces daily.

    If you haven’t already, study grammar; study logic. Don’t sit idle and only read about the benefits of logic on the internet. Don’t rationalize that you already know enough and neglect to learn more. Jump in and build up your mind. It’s definitely worth it.

  5. Jeff Bell says:

    This article is spot on. Of course, this dumbing down of the mass of humanity is carefully planned and absolutely deliberate. It goes back to the rise of the Rockefeller family, who as they accumulated more power and wealth, to exert ever more control over the affairs of humanity, saw a thinking, well-educated populace as a threat to their control. for example, they took control over the curriculum of the world’s medical schools and dumbed them down, as well as instigating real brain washing to protect the growing monopoly of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex.

    This is not conjecture. It is real. It is very well documented and explained in a brilliant documentary film called: “The Lottery Of Birth”, which I highly recommend. It is a great tool to help us increase our understanding and to use to help us exit from the matrix.

  6. Larry says:

    “This is no reason to despair. Life is not a search for the lowest common denominator. Others may think so, but you don’t have to.”

    HEAR, HEAR!

  7. IMNAHA says:

    Jon, Here’s an idea: As a “mid boomer” and “quasi literate”:-), I grok your message BUT, (not being a professor of logic), I would pay for a more elementary program tailored to my grandchildren, ages 4 – 15. This would be a service to mankind and would hopefully make you some $$. I seriously see a coming idiocracy…

    • Greg C. says:

      What children need is not just logic. They need help in integrating the various parts of their brain. Schools excel in compartmentalized subjects. That’ why they produce not only dumbed down kids, but nerdy types who can win at Jeopardy, but can’t sing, cook a meal or tie a good knot. Music lessons are a good value, with the right teacher who works to integrate hearing, thinking, feeling, counting, etc. They get a chance to develop the discipline of practicing – how to focus on details (heck, focus on anything!) and experience their whole brain, well-regulated in real time.

      • Terri says:

        Imnaha, children are already logical if left alone. The less we talk and fill their heads with garbage(what some call opinions or beliefs) the more they can maintain their connection with Source and their own higher understanding.

        using the course as a game would be a good option. I bet you could gear this to any child with a little imagination and creativity.

        keeping them away from common core is a must, the programming is too strong. To me, children should progress from where we are, not to have to waste their life de programming and getting rid of all the garbage.

        It would probably be enjoyable for you to take what you learn from John’s program and then make it your own and your grandchildren’s. For in teaching, we surely learn.

  8. Jerry says:

    “Why Johnny Doesn’t Have to Read”. Has anyone noticed how many of the large and well know corporations with prior full names have now incorporated their “initials” into their logo and brand?

    For example:
    Kentucky Fried Chicken = KFC
    Ruby Tuesday = RT
    Dunkin’ Donuts = DD
    Raceway = RW

    Part of the dumbing down? I think it’s a possibility. Who else has some examples?

    • Greg C. says:

      Reminds me of a company, Boise Cascade, who spent millions of dollars changing their name to “Boise” which is also the city where they are located. Confused the heck out of everyone, so they ended up changing it back! Speaking of Boise, part of its downtown is known as “BoDo” (Boise Downtown). Embarrassing.

      Texting is instrumental in squashing down language to initials and worse, using numbers for syllables. This invention is undoing the literacy we gained with the printing press.

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