History is a science, every bit as much as physics, chemistry, biology and others. And like them, it goes through various interpretations and analyses, which we call “historiography.”

The other sciences keep changing their interpretations, too. Take nutrition. Not long ago, margarine was extolled over butter. Salt tablets were recommended for athletes instead of water. Eggs were inviting a heart attack. Bleeding was seen as a way to expunge disease from the body and human reproduction went through endless theories until Max von Baer observed conception in 1829.

I won’t go into vaccinations here. That is an in-progress event, but the changing interpretations, now ongoing, are obvious.

This era, however brief or long, will stand forever as an embarrassing example that humanity is never very far from collective madness.

Events like the American, English, and Spanish Civil Wars, or the French and Russian Revolutions, go through phases where they are regarded by politicized academics with contemptuous, disdainful, acceptable, benevolent or heroic interpretations. We have heard the phrase “X is either a terrorist or a freedom fighter, depending on your side.” This is oh-so-true, and we must be careful, for the changing phases can lead to the conclusion that truth is a fluid, morphing thing and can never be identified.

That is wrong. The changing interpretations of science have as much to do with politics as it does with facts.

But be confident: “The truth will out!” The problem is that the blare horns of the zeitgeist can easily confuse us. We are experiencing that right now, and worldwide. There are holdouts, however, in eastern Europe and Africa. Those areas have, until very recently, experienced the tyranny of Communism and colonialism, have weathered the storm, and are not easily duped into the elevation of falsehood as truth.

The west, however, has forgotten the absurdity of imperialism and fascism, a result of several generations of care-free prosperity and the abuse of hard-won liberties. Thus, “progressives” have made the most obvious falsehoods normal. This era, however brief or long, will stand forever as an embarrassing example that humanity is never very far from collective madness.

There is an old philosophical argument that goes like this:

The Nihilist says, “There is no such thing as truth!”

Well, if this is so, then you have discovered a truth, no?

This can drive them crazy, and is where we are right now.

And suppose I thought I could fly by flapping my arms? Today’s progressives would gladly give me the wings of an aviator and push me out the window from the 20th floor.

“Your truth is not my truth” is a similar oxymoronic statement. So, if I say that marriage is only definable as between one man and one woman, and the Nihilist says that is a truth that he does not subscribe to, and that it can be defined as between two human beings of the same sex, we have a problem. They cannot co-exist. At least one has to be wrong. Both cannot be right. There cannot be two truths.

The “progressives” understand at least that truth, which is why they have created “cancel culture.” They are anything but tolerant, and their truths are the only ones that can be recognized. Having “your truth and my truth” is merely a temporary beachhead, and they are expanding it constantly.

If I said I was a dog, scrambled clumsily about on all fours, lifted my leg to urinate, barked and chased cats, you would call me crazy. A loving family would try to correct the behavior, and a caring culture would sustain mental hospitals and authentic, non-political psychiatrists. That’s how King Nebuchadnezzar was treated for seven years.

Same thing if I claimed to be Napoleon or Teddy Roosevelt. Or maybe both at once. Imagine me with a Napoleonic hat, pince nèz spectacles, tucked my hand inside my vest, spoke French, drew a sword, blew a bugle, and fought San Juan Hill and Waterloo all at once. Again, I would have to be committed, for my own safety … and that of others.

But today’s society would do neither. It would pander to my delusions, call them, “His own truth,” and accommodate it with a federal subsidy. Anyone denying me entry into the military would be sued by the ACLU. Once admitted, a senile president (or his press mouthpiece) would proclaim something like, “We are leading the world in military preparedness and progressive culture. We have an historic first once again! We present to you the first multi-identified soldier appointed to the Joint Chiefs. They/She/Him/Her/It have the combined talents of Theodore Roosevelt and Napoleon Bonaparte in one glorious persona. All hail Teddy-Parte, leader of the free world!”

And suppose I thought I could fly by flapping my arms? Today’s progressives would gladly give me the wings of an aviator and push me out the window from the 20th floor.

Tell me now, honestly, if we are not far from this?

The madness will cease as soon as they have accomplished the true purpose of all this: the destruction of the U.S., along with the de-population and enslavement of humanity.

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The collective madness of pandering to delusion cannot long endure

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    I’d say your pretty darn close yo a TRUTH here! My thoughts along with yours are truths together bit not in liberals eyes. We’re bigots, prejudice and white. We’ve become dirt under tgeir feet. I say to bad live with it. I’m an American and I have first amendment rights tgat say I can say ANY THING I WANT. So if I want to call you a blank I can. I elect not to use that word but the law says I can. It’s my will not to use it and so my truth. Again you have to live with my truth because I’m right by law. Your truth is only going to be good until this president is out of office in less than two years now. Thank GOD. OH that’s another truth of mine and yes I know not yours. Maybe you should ask GOD for help with you truth.

  • StopTheMadnesz says:

    “The collective madness of pandering to falsehoods and delusions cannot last for long” -I wish I could bring myself to believe this, but “pandering to falsehoods and delusions” is something we’re very good at in this country, which is why abortion remains legal in most states, even after the fall of Roe.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      Women in red states are losing a big measure of self-determination, in ways that men have no frame of reference for. And I suspect that a significant number or women who would personally never consider having an abortion were just a bit discomfited by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Looks what happened during the midterms. Look what happened in Kansas and Wisconsin. Hell hath no fury, as they say.

      • StopTheMadnesz says:

        Women who know who and why they are do not confuse the legality of paying another to kill their children with “self-determination.” Men who understand who and why they are have the frame of reference necessary to appreciate, honor, and defend the dignity of all women.

      • Nunya says:

        Killing children Jabar a right and you renounce your humanity if you claim otherwise.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Truth – not “left” or “right” (or whatever else everyone is grouped into) – wins in the end. TRUTH wins in the end.

  • Dave says:

    “God gave them over to a depraved mind….” Romans 1:24

    • Randy says:

      Amen! There is nothing new under the sun. Mankind has been here before – and it will end the same way.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    There’s a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth here, but precious little in the way of solutions. Outrage and grievance, but no blueprint for the future ….. unless that future looks like Margaret Atwood’s Gilead.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    The blue print is the Bible, God is the truth.
    He made man and women not these sick evil individuals, your a man or a women end of story

    • Lobo says:

      Well.. Chuckie doesn’t understand everything he knows about a lot of things.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      I DO know that gender identification isn’t just about what’s between your legs. It’s also about what’s between your EARS.

      • Aunt Sally says:

        That rotten heap of dung between YOUR ears can imagine whatever it wants to, Chuck, but you’re an especially loathsome fantasist if you expect decent and normal folks to identify you as anything other than a diseased fruit who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near kids.

      • Nunya says:

        How would you know anything about what is between the ears, chuck? I suggest you see an exorcist, because I think you may be possessed.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    May I be blunt? Thank you then I will. Read “A letter to the American Church, written by Eric Metaxas and a sobering cup of cold water will be thrown in the face of the contemporary American church! Lots of people make use of Christian dogma for comfort in times of trouble like we are presently in, but all to many times it is used as an excuse to not be courageous, bold , and risk takers! One parting comment : we are commanded to love our neighbors! Does silence achieve that? Wake up church!!!

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Yes love they neighbor but hate the sin. That’s why we tell them about God and to turn away, from this evil sin there living in.

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        I love your response! Can you tell me when if ever you have heard your emphasized comments “tell them about God and to turn away from sin their living in” was done in a public forum ( excluding church) ? Let’s say dunleavy has a town meeting where people are given an opportunity to speak, have you seen your contingent of fellow believers declare to dunleavy that he needs to turn away from his sins of lying about c19 propaganda and not allowing people to have ivermectin, and thereby being complicit in murdering hundreds of Alaskans? For example!?

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    “They Are Truly Wicked – Mike Adams’

  • Lucinda says:

    “Pandering to a delusion” makes me think of some Texas lawmakers who want the Ten Commandments displayed in public schools. What could be more delusional than believing in a global flood, pregnancy without sex and returning to life from the dead?

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Here is a good movie to watch about things happening today.