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gentlemansviewpointThe Twentieth Century offers great opportunity to understand what events shaped our daily lives other than the latest tweets of an already post-celebrity, whose only real job assignment is in demeaning the culture of others. Full of remarkable men and women, it is perhaps also the last century where one could express “the concept of freedom” and have the whole World watch and listen to it.

Globe mapThe Twenty First Century could end up being the century where every single word could be governed by a prevailing regime in power and where they can easily squelch such expressions when they appear behind the frontal lobes with a single drop! Your foreign government supplied United Nations doctor has the keys to your gun cabinet and gives you a nano pill or patch that directs you how to vote. Biotech will decide what vegetables or radiated bananas to grow where, Congressional approved kool aid will be dispensed at no charge in every school, and every child over 6 months will be injected with an everlasting truth serum, the National Identity Thought Card will be used to allow global travel and losing this documentation will be a painful process in experiencing societal re-installation. Reading books will no longer be required to get any degree, the expressed creative demonstrated process will be enough to be promoted GURU.

A foremost thinker and sociologist Charles Wright Mills (1916-1962) who taught at Columbia University once stated “Freedom is not merely the chance to do as one pleases; neither is it just the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them and then the opportunity to choose. That is why freedom cannot exist without an enlarged role of human reason in human affairs.”

John H. Summers reviewing Mills’ work in his essay The Deciders that was published in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on May 16, 2006 pointed to the following sentence from Mills:

For the first time in history, Mills argued, “The territories of the United States made up a self-conscious mass society. If the economy had once been a multitude of locally or regionally rooted, (more or less) equal units of production, it now answered to the needs of a few hundred corporations. If the government had once been a patchwork of States held together by Congress, it now answered to the initiatives of a strong executive. If the military had once been a militia system resistant to the discipline of permanent training, it now consumed half the national budget, and seated its admirals and generals in the biggest office building in the world.”

As the author Mark Twain (1835-1910) pointed out “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”

An unknown soldier once said “When freedom passes me by, I know I have lost the way, to the one Almighty I must now surely look to guide me, or else, I am here to stay”.

I finish this post with the ever quotable and lovable freedom rider and writer about freedoms Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

Hemingway said something to the effect “An essential gift for a writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. It is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.”

OPINION: The President’s current Inaugural Speech writer obviously does not have that desirable trait!