Scott Adams: “Everything I was told about America as a kid was a lie.”

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” ~ George Santayana

History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten. … What is interesting is brought forward as if it had been central and efficacious in the march of events, and harmonies are turned into causes. Kings and generals are endowed with motives appropriate to what the historian values in their actions; plans are imputed to them prophetic of their actual achievements, while the thoughts that really preoccupied them remain buried in absolute oblivion.

George Santayana

History, by and large, is the stories we tell ourselves and pass down to our children. This is probably unavoidable given that whoever wrote things down had biases that inevitably color the narrative. For the distant past, we have no firsthand observers to interview, no video footage. Statistics are skewed, unavailable, inconsistent, and unbalanced.

The eventual victor held the high moral ground and if he didn’t…well, he did!

Let’s put it this way: we struggle enough to understand what’s really going on today. Yet somehow, we think that by watching a documentary or reading a history book, we grasp what really happened in the distant past. Sure, we might get closer to the truth over time. But that depends on whether people are more interested in the truth than in feeling good.

So, what will people choose between a comforting history and a truth that makes them uncomfortable? How about you?

… I was never a follower or a big fan of Scott Adams or his Dilbert comic strip. However, I did read a novella he wrote some years ago called “God’s Debris.” It was interesting as it showcased him as a thinker who deals with profound origin questions that most people avoid for various reasons of childhood comfort-blanket indoctrination. But that’s not the subject here, at least not directly.

When I first wrote about Adams on the blog, it was in 2016 during the Trump-Clinton presidential race. Long before that, I had predicted Trump would win. Scott was one of the few predicting the same outcome, albeit for different reasons. My reasoning was that Hillary embodied everything people hated about the Clinton presidency. Bill, ironically, wasn’t that bad of a president in terms of policy. It’s the Republicans who started this whole lawfare thing by going after him for getting a BJ in the Oval Office. They didn’t have the courage or integrity to go after him directly for that act; instead, they targeted him for lying about sex—a rather common and human thing to do. But Hillary was just so unlikable, and Trump was energizing. It was obvious to me early on that Trump would take it. And I was right, as was Scott Adams, although his prediction was based on his analysis of persuasion and so forth.

So, Scott Adams is a thinker, but I can’t say I was ever really a fan. I don’t glom onto people like that…and he has this daily morning podcast that just isn’t my kinda thing. Then, about a year ago, I picked up on him again, admitting he was wrong for getting the COVID jab. But his analysis was self-serving and ridiculous. He laboriously explained how he had made his decision, analyzing it in a way that supposedly justified his actions. He claimed those who didn’t get the shot were like stopped clocks—right twice a day. Disingenuous.

He was taken to task for that, and of course, he had his big dust-up by suggesting that people reconsider racial separatism. It wasn’t based on racism but on statistics and what we were seeing in cities with wanton looting, BLM, and so on. Arguably, it was dangerous for a white person to be in that atmosphere. But you can’t argue that way because it gets taken as veiled racism for political purposes. That’s how the world works.

This was all fine and good until about three months ago, in March. I saw a tweet or something from him that made me sit up. It was like witnessing the metamorphosis of Bill Maher—completely different kind of things. Maher starts off as a complete leftist, always has been, whereas Adams has always been… well, I’d describe him as neither Republican, nor Democrat, not even libertarian, but rather an independent thinker.

He went off on DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). I will quote what I said about what he said, and then we’ll move on from there to the latest thing and connect some dots.

And what I think about that is in the grand theater of modern socio-political discourse, it’s a scathing critique, one that punctures the inflated balloon of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with the precision of Occam’s Razor. His argument, far from the garden-variety polemic, is a surgical strike at the heart of a pervasive narrative that has, for too long, gone unchallenged by the mainstream.

Adams posits a simple, yet revolutionary idea: the purported utopia of DEI, rather than being the panacea it’s touted to be, is in fact a myopic endeavor that has spectacularly failed to grasp the essence of true diversity. It’s not about a rainbow coalition of skin colors, genders, or sexual orientations, but rather the diversity of thought, the very bedrock upon which the edifice of progress is built.

The casualties of this oversight are glaring. The tech giants—Twitter, Facebook, and Google—once heralded as the vanguards of free expression, have morphed into Orwellian arbiters of acceptable thought, primarily because they embraced a monochromatic political ideology that eschewed balance for echo-chamber homogeneity. The media landscape, save for the isolated island of Fox News, became a chorus singing the same tune, allowing political hoaxes to proliferate with the virulence of a pandemic. Even bastions of academic excellence like Harvard have seen their reputations tarnished, not by a deficiency in intellectual firepower, but by an anemic diversity of political thought.

Adams challenges us to identify instances where an overabundance of Republican influence has led to systemic failures. It’s a rhetorical gambit designed to spotlight the imbalance and prompt introspection. His advice to Black American men is unvarnished and devoid of the patronizing tone often adopted by the self-appointed saviors of the left. He suggests that success is not a proprietary formula locked within the GOP, but rather a set of principles and work ethics that transcend racial and political lines.

The real villain in Adams’ narrative is not a political party or an ideology per se, but rather a subset of society he describes with unflinching candor: “batshit crazy white women.” It’s a provocative assertion, one that obliterates the polite veneers of discourse. Yet, it forces a confrontation with uncomfortable truths about the architects of the DEI agenda and their disconnect from the realities they purport to address.

Now to Scott’s latest and his very interesting integration, which is how coming to grips with all the lies from childhood gives him a superpower compared to younger people today.

I found that to be an ah-ha moment, for me.

So much so, that I went digging for more and related from Adams, struck f-bomb gold, and then after dealing with that, I have related it to the other big-ass lying elephant in the room—the justification for the Ukraine Proxy Way against Russia.

… As a final note before moving on to the meat course, I’m asked all the time how I get the big trends and the big moves so right, so often—even going way against prevailing opinion and even against the supposed sages of the ages (look how many highly regarded Republicans were wrong about Trump from day 1 and how many still are…though no longer from positions of the prominence they once enjoyed). You can read references to my “predictive powers” in member testimonials.

Do I have a superpower, or something? Nope, I simply lack a critical handicap. And I teach how to rid yourselves of that handicap in a series of 114 short lessons I call “No-Pill.” Originally drafted over 35 years ago, they have undergone continual updating to integrate wider realms of human experience. They’re going through a revision now, through No-Pill #65, the latest re-published.

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Drop your preconceived notions. Keep going until you’ve devoured all 114 of them. Screw the judgments of others. Think for yourself. Make your own calls.

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Mysticism? Dead. Manipulations and distortions of reality? Obliterated.

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Now moving on to what Scott Adams himself identifies as “his Superpower”

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