One of the best examples of irrationality today may be the media. No one would argue for getting rid of the First Amendment. But look at the news media today, where a media polling company shows that over 90% of the network news on President Trump is negative. The fact is that a majority of Americans when asked, believe things have gotten better since President Trump’s election. Yet network news organizations rarely devotes time to cover the good news. Why?

Look at the amount of news that is not covered; that is omitted in favor of outright propaganda and opinion today. Whether you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump is not the question. Look at the number of errors that are permitted to be published or stated, and the number of stories that are unconfirmed or come from anonymous sources – a rarity in the past but commonplace today. Look at the number of news stories that have had to be retracted over the recent years. We are all for freedom of speech, but just as in free markets, irrational actions undermine that freedom.

A rational society is a precondition to a free society. The requirements are 1) to identify the facts of reality; 2) to know how to obtain and verify them; 3) To establish a code of morality to operate within; and then 4) to establish a political system to protect individuals from those that would disagree and use force against them to accomplish goals. The last, a system to protect individuals, is worthless without the first three. In fact, the last will be lost without them. An irrational society is doomed to destruction.

Freedom and free markets is not the first goal -- rationality is. What good is free speech if it is irrational? What good is democracy if politicians are irrational? What good are markets if irrationality prevails?

The greatest threat to our country and our economy is irrationality, which has grown over the years, and is now in vogue. Today's greatest enemy is the irrationality spreading in colleges, politics, the arts, and the media.

There used to be a code in journalism that was fact-based and provided a standard for all who published news. It was the five W's. Reporters were taught to include What, Where, Who, When, and Why in all news reports -- and they did. This was the basis of objectivity in reporting.
Now subjectivity rules. The five W's are ignored in favor of whatever one thinks is the "truth". Verification is passé. Proof is old fashioned. And justice is whatever someone claims it is. And someone’s so-called "justice" must be achieved at any expense , including the violation of truth, individual rights, the ignoring of facts, and even the use of force against any individual who thinks differently than they do. Today the rule of law has given way to "a higher morality" -- undefined and cloaked in political propaganda. It’s called winning at all costs.

The immigration laws we have today are irrational. Sanctuary cities and states are irrational. Since when did it become more important to protect illegal immigrants, than American citizens? Why have "catch and release" laws? Why spend time and taxpayer dollars to catch a criminal if you are going to release him? Again irrational.

The bullying and banning of speakers on campus today, which is defended in the name of education, is irrational. Since when did the freedom of speech become subject to student vetoes? The inability to fire incompetent employees is irrational but allowed in schools and government agencies everywhere.

Irrationality is running rampant.

We are in an age of irrationality, but the cracks of this phase are starting to show. It's past time to speak out against those in the media, our educators, our healthcare providers, and even movie stars and singers that show irrational behavior and flaunt it.

And as for the irrational politicians...their time is up. I would not be surprised if most politicians today are not in office 5 to 10 years from today. The patience of the voting American public is headed away from them -- all of them -- and looking for a more rational alternative.

This may be premature, but let me make a prediction: I believe the Republicans will keep both houses this November. Remember, I'm a registered Independent, so this is not a political statement. The reason is, I believe we are seeing a subtle but historic shift beginning to surface.

Blue collar workers, blacks, and Hispanics, are beginning to turn away from the Democratic Party toward the Republican Party. Even voters between 18 and 31 have increased 10% for republicans in the latest poles. So are Independents. And Democrats are moving toward more moderate centrist positions. A lot of the reason is the improving economy and the tax cuts people are seeing. The question, "is America heading the right way or wrong way?" is being answered "the right way". This week, Nancy Pelosi virtually promised to turn things back to the way they used to be if and when she is House Leader again.

But do people really want to return to the "good old days" of Barack Obama? There are new cracks in the conformity of blacks and Hispanics in their confidence in their leaders. They are beginning to speak out against the effectiveness of Democrat policies that have done nothing for them for a decade. They are feeling used by their political leadership and are seeing their lives improve for the first time in recent memory.

After all, black and Hispanic unemployment is at the lowest level in history.

Last week a poll came out that showed 57% of Americans think the economy is either "very much better, or doing fairly good", up substantially from just two months ago. What will it be if things are going well in October? I think over two-thirds of the country will say we are on the right track rather than the wrong track in this country. I doubt that the "Big Blue Wave" will be as big as the Democrats believe it will be. It could dwindle to a trickle if things improve from here.

But the point I'm trying to make is, I'm detecting a new movement within the Democratic Party itself. I'm seeing a trend developing to get rid of the old and bring in the new. And I mean not only the Democrats that have lived their entire adult lives as congressmen and women, but the ideas that have polarized the nation. Many new Democrats are entering the primaries, challenging the establishment. Many of them are moderates.

One example of this is the defeat of Roy Moore by Democrat Doug Jones in a red state. Jones is a moderate centrist that very well may vote over party lines based on the issues. He is a guy that Republicans can deal with. Democrat Conner Lamb is a simlilar new electee. And there are other examples of moderates entering the political battlefield in the primaries nationwide. The first thing that needs to happen in a return to freedom in this country is a swing from irrationality back to rationality.

I've said before that politics is the last link in the chain. Check out The New Anti-Intellectual Movement - and look up my article from August 2015. It was then, a few years ago, that I saw the beginning of an anti-intellectual movement, especially in the areas of education, the arts, the media, and politics.

But as bad as things have been, look at what is taking place under the surface.

Going Libertarian

There is more diversity than ever before in the media, and the ratings of the mainstream news are falling fast as people find their news elsewhere. The media's reputation has fallen to less than a used car salesman.

Deregulation has in many cases replaced government dictates.

Lower taxes allow the people to keep more of their money rather than government.

Land in Idaho and Anwar have been given back to the people after having been confiscated years ago.

"Live and let live" is replacing live as I say. As an example, the acceptance of gays and gay marriages is commonplace today, where only a few years ago it was taboo.

Legalization of marijuana is being established state after state, and there are indications that the federal government will decriminalize it soon, nationally. Victimeless crimes are being eliminated.

Legalized gambling is on its way to many states around the nation.

A return to a market based medical system will begin this summer with the introduction of two major pieces of legislation on Choice and Associations proposed by the Trump Administration.

Private money is being created around the world, outside the reach of government.

And space travel is being transferred from government to private enterprise with great success.

None of these things were considered remotely possible only a few years ago.

This movement toward a freer society is Libertarian in nature. Libertarianism holds that government should be limited to the function of protecting individual and property rights; that the initiation of force by individuals and government must be banned. That includes the use of its derivatives, fraud and coercion. It is a live and let live philosophy where individuals can do anything they want as long as it is voluntary and peaceful.

We are a long way away from that kind of society, but the points I cited above are a movement in the right direction. The way back to unification of our nation is a return to States Rights. Let states that differ politically, practice what they want to practice, and cities within states practice what they want to practice, and people will see what works and what doesn't.

And if rationality prevails the best system will be adopted by all. But most important we will return to a civilized society -- something for the time being, we have in many ways lost.

Paul Nathan