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Free Thought and Official Propaganda

Bertrand Russell

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. . .In its narrower sense it means thought which does not accept 10 the dogmas of traditional religion. In this sense a man is a “free thinker” if he is not a Christian or a Mussulman or a Buddhist or a Shintoist or a member of any of the other bodies of men who accept some inherited orthodoxy. In Christian countries a man is called a “free thinker” if he does not decidedly believe in God, though this would not suffice to make a man a “free thinker” in a Buddhist country.

I do not wish to minimize the importance of free thought in this sense. I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out. I do not believe that, on the balance, religious belief has been a force for good. Although I am prepared to admit that in certain times and places it has had some good effects, I regard it as belonging to the infancy of human reason, and to a stage of development which we ar. . . Read More

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Perhaps the sickliest racist ending I've seen so far in my whole lifetime, this short text is quite a brilliant analysis on the topic of propaganda and its ill effects on social development.

Russell traces exceptional connections between the problems of education for intelligence, making a living and

"Our system of education turns young people out of the schools able to read, but for the most part unable to weigh evidence or to form an independent opinion."
Reading this in 2018 and thinking, "We sure have made no great progress". Kids in schools and people who get easily swayed by political/relig

More important than ever

A must read in today's political climate. Unfortunately, the predictions of ninety years ago were too optimistic. Anyone still concerned with ethics and truth needs to read this. It wouldn't hurt you trump supporters who can actually read either.

Me reading this: I’m with you, I follow, I got it, oh holy shit, surprise racism.

‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، در این کتاب، «برتراند راسل» خردمند و بزرگوار (یادش همیشه زنده و گرامی باد) در موردِ «آزاد اندیشی» و «اندیشهٔ آزاد» سخنانِ بسیار خردمندانه ای بیان نموده است که تلاش نمودم چکیده ای از مهمترین نظراتِ این فیلسوفِ بزرگ را در زیر برایِ شما دوستانِ خردگرا، بنویسم
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Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Written in 1922 and still crystal clear almost a century later. The charlatans of the continental philosophy can't express one section in 800 pages.

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