If you have read my writings at the Legal Insurrection blog for any time, you know that one of my favorite poems is The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Most people focus on the line “things fall apart,” with good reason now. It seems that the nation is coming apart and anarchy has been loosed upon the world.
I focus on the last two lines, how “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
The worst people seem to have more passionate intensity, while the best people seem to lack conviction to fight back.
I’m sure you have noticed that. We’ve noticed, too. It’s one of the reasons we fight so hard to be your voice to restore sanity and balance.
As I said in Legal Insurrection’s 15th Anniversary video:
We view ourselves as being your voice, as being able to say the things you know you want to say, but perhaps for fear of job loss can’t say. We draw the fire, so that you don’t have to.
We are witnessing a wholesale assault on truth and reality, particularly on campuses. There’s a famous line, wrongly attributed to George Orwell, that ‘in a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
In that respect, we are revolutionary reality and truth tellers. We do it every day at the blog, and in our two main projects.
At CriticalRace.org we document more thoroughly than anyone how ‘critical theory’ based on race has undermined academia and our belief in merit, how the search for objective truth has been subverted by subjective sensitivities. Or, as the President of Harvard said in Congress, “my truth.”
At EqualProtect.org we have filed almost two dozen legal claims in just 9 months with over 9 wins where universities stopped their discriminatory conduct. Our impact has been recognized throughout the media, including the mainstream media. One of our main goals for 2024 is to expand our legal efforts dramatically (keep your eye on the news the first half of January).
At every step we give voice to our shared values in an age where nothing seems tethered to reality.
Some more truth telling: We are growing but small. We need additional resources to fight this battle more aggressively than before, to help you, the ‘best’ stand up to the passionate ‘worst’.
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