“I will not trust what the government tells me.”

On a T-shirt, I saw Bart Simpson writing over and over on a school blackboard: “I will not trust what the government tells me.”

In this illustration, the educational institution does not trust the system that enables and supports it, opting to programmatically promote cynicism and rebellion.

Bart has merely traded one authority for the coercive discipline of a tyrant: the pursuit of truth through rationality begins with doubt, which (in this instance) is enforced through shame.

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