An extremist is anyone anybody wants to call an extremist. If a person is a “moderate” in all things, they are extremely moderate. However, as we found out with the war on terrorism, nonsense words can be very dangerous. From Bill Bonner at bonnerprivateresearch.substack.com:
Bill Bonner, reckoning today from Poitou, France…
Last week, it was announced that math scores for 9-year-olds had suffered their biggest drop in 30 years. Two decades’ worth of progress had been erased (presumably by lockdowns… statistically, the children were never at risk from the Covid anyway). White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre illustrated the problem:
“We have created nearly ten thousand million jobs since President Biden took office, which is the fastest job growth in history.”
Ten thousand million is, of course, ten billion, more than there are humans on planet earth. An amazing performance by the Biden Bunch. But now, even arithmetic is infected by claptrap. Activists claim that numeracy, or the way it is taught, is soaked in white supremacy and that the schools need to squeeze it out by aiming for ‘math equity,’ whatever that is.
Like language and money, math is a way of condensing and transmitting information. Our numbers came to us from the Arabs. Much of the early development work in mathematics and geometry was done in Egypt or Mesopotamia. And today, mathematicians from all over the world add and subtract in the same way; neither race, culture, height, gender, eye color nor any distinguishing birthmarks, matter. It is just as absurd to say that math is racist as to say that language is sexist, because it recognizes different genders, or that money is prejudiced in favor of snow, since so much of it ends up in Switzerland.