Our dear and most beneficent government has lied to us before. It has exaggerated. It has abused its authority. Its crimes, negligence, improprieties, and its many others sins are brought readily to mind. They are present in daily life and on the increase. Gay “marriage”, anybody?
All this is so. But it does not follow that the government, staffed with souls supplied from its breeding grounds the universities, lie to us all the time about everything.
The government and universities are not lying to us about the earth not being flat.
Yet there is a growing contingent of people—fine people, driven to despair and distrust of all authority—who say the earth is flat. (It all started here, same some.)
Now I say “fine people”, but the nouveau flat-earthers also includes celebrities. Basketball behemoth Shaquille O’Neal was heard saying “It’s true. The Earth is flat…Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see, and what you hear…I drive from coast to coast, and this s— is flat to me…I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity…”
It means little to nothing. Except for one key point, it is a belief almost completely harmless. It is an eccentricity. The original Flat Earth Society was, of course, a joke, a means by which to tease the over-confident and self-satisfied. Every time some over-earnest establishment-type railed against a Flat Earther, an angel got its wings. Or at least it had a good laugh.
Unlike the original Flat Earthers, the nouveau flat-earthers (NFEs) are in earnest. But since none of them can act on their eccentricity, nothing much will come of their insistence the earth is a pancake. Except, as I say, for one difficulty, about which more in a moment.
Now I do not here, nor anywhere else, propose to defend spherical geometry, physics, or basic astronomy. Arguing with somebody who believes the earth is flat is, in one sense, like disputing with somebody who claims two men can be married (to each other). It is futile.
That comparison will sting, because, almost completely, the NFEs are on the political right; indeed, the alt-right. And none of them would ever say two men could be married.
But they will say the earth is flat. Why?
Well, there are many resources for arguing the world is flat. Many rave about Under the Dome, a program that, if you knew no physics, is quite convincing. The theories presented there, and on dozens and dozens of other videos, are inventive and clever.
And they are always presented as if you were being lied to, and these folks are sick unto death of being lied to. The government, universities, and powers that be want you to believe the lie that the earth is round(ish). NASA is particularly blameworthy, routinely releasing photographs which purport to show a round earth, but which are shown, through the filter of NFE theory, to be purposeful frauds.
A logo favored by the UN shows—does it not?—a flat earth, a crepe of land and water surrounded by an impassible Antarctica. Everybody knows Antarctica is a forbidden land. Why? Because the UN does not want people wandering over the edge!
The UN is even more stuffed full of wild blueberry muffins (ten points to those who catch this reference) than is the United States government. They are surely willing to lie, and have lied. So, say the NFE crowd, they are lying about a round earth.
None of the NFE folks have been able to offer a good reason why the government or UN would lie about the shape our planet. Their serial mendacity and routine roughshod treatment of reality is proof enough they are lying now.
We finally reach the difficulty. The “alt-right” is not a homogeneous entity, despite the picture painted of it by the media. In reality, it is comprised of everything from nihilists to socialists to monarchists, people advocating anything from passive acceptance to armed resistance. In truth, not everybody in the alt-right is in the alt-right!
But in the elite’s eye, it is one undifferentiated mass. It is that common (and false) picture of the alt-right, reactionaries, and hardcore conservatives which is the difficulty.
The trend is to say everybody to the right of, say, John McCain is a member of the “alt-right”, and is therefore a bigot, is probably a white supremacist, or at least has sympathies with Nazis. And now we have a fringe of alt-righters, folks justly suspicious of modern authority, but who have come to a false but harmless view of geology.
It is thus obvious that the elites will begin calling everybody on the right flat-earthers in its literal sense. And we who hold to Reality and Tradition will have to waste our precious time quashing rumors about domes, alien control, lizard people, or whatever.
Come on, fellas. There are bigger battles to be fought, and we haven’t the energy to fight losing ones. Believe the earth if flat if you wish, but please, for the sake of our cause, keep quiet about it in public.