"A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues... is on the way to totalitarianism and death."
Robert M. Hutchins
(1899-1977) American educational philosopher, president (1929–1945) and chancellor (1945–1951) of the University of Chicago, and earlier dean of Yale Law School (1927–1929)
The University of Utopia, 1953
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A good representation of a modern day Leo Strauss socialist / neo-con fascist - one worlder. A great explanation why the lives of so many noble warriors have been spent on frivolous to non-cause continuous controversy (all the while, law, freedom and rights being lost, remains a non-issue).
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    At present there is NO discussion about IMPORTANT issues, States Rights, The Rights of Man, freedom OF religion, Constitution, individual liberty, the Globalists who are attempting to take over (NWO, Agenda 21, Smart Growth, ICLEI, Sustainable Growth, Earth Sustainability, Global Climate Change), and all designed to move the world towards a new communitarian/collective society ruled by the few 'experts'. NO ONE is talking about it, so the plans are moving right along adopted in EVERY city, county, state, campus of lower and higher education and 175 countries on the globe and have been since the first Rio summit where GWHBush signed us on in 1992. Politicians and media shut people up by saying they are conspiracy theorists...but you need only go to a local council meeting to witness...or look at the dense housing complexes and new building going on in the inner cities...following the 'plans'; read one of your child's school books ... and that is where we lose...education of our children in federal schools via Common Core. The kids are not loving our COUNTRY, not caring to improve our NATION, and they learn that some expert will tell them what to do eventually, based upon the data collected on them. They worry more about NOT having children who destroy the earth, and are told the parents have nearly destroyed the earth and they must repair it, and they must read technical books at school and are not allowed to go ahead if they are smarter than the others, and the math is designed for monkeys...but lets keep it all quiet? We are not headed for any utopia...but rather a new and different kind of dark age. The sentence as it stands (alone) is pretty correct...the context is unknown to me.
     -- Abby     
     -- jim k, austin tx      
    The important issues to us are what is avoided. Chicago seems to produce the worst mindset , most violent display. Not to mention who is in office. Their secular perennialism is reprobate dung. Crap !! Oneworlders .
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    I tend to agree with this statement. Expect controversy! Liberty is a threat to the powerful -- they will never cease seeking to gain the upper hand by any means necessary. Those that wish to silence all 'controversy' merely wish to preserve their control. EVERYTHING is up for reexamination -- we cannot afford to assume anything.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    No, someday the kids are going to grow up and accept responsibility. We're simply not at the civilized point. The civilized can handle any controversy. The kids won't allow talking about their homosexuality, beastiality, drug dealing, etc,etc...,. The civilized are prepared for self analysis.  Socialism is the challenge of social abilities to create.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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    After listening to Yuri Bezmenov (late) it is difficult to believe anyone who has been brainwashed to believe one thing will suddenly become 'civilized' and turn out fine. It has taken years tod reach this point of divide...and conquer may be closer than we know.

     -- abby     
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