Tucker Carlson gave the Keynote Speech to the Heritage Foundation gathering on April 21, 2023, days before he was fired from Fox News. I urge you to listen to his talk. There’s a link at the end of this article.
What follows is a lightly edited transcript of Tucker Carlson’s brief question and answer session with Heritage president Kevin Roberts.
Carlson mentions a quote by Elon Musk, “The most likely outcome is the most ironic.”
So, the opposite of what you think is going to happen happens.
The core promise of the internet was as much information as we’ve ever had at your fingertips, and it results in more controlled information than we could even have imagined twenty years ago.
[Now] A lot of information just is not available. I mean because it’s digital and it’s controlled by a small number of companies.
The polling suggests that a lot of Americans… I don’t mean hundreds; I mean hundreds of millions of Americans have no idea what’s going on.
They don’t know the facts about certain things. It’s not because they’re dumb or they’re distracted on their iPhones. The whole point of the iPhone was to inform you. But the net effect has been to make people completely ignorant of the court or the actual facts… You saw this certainly during covid.
That challenges the idea of democracy, which you know rests on the notion of an informed voting public of a citizenry. We don’t have that. I never would have expected that at all.
The last thing I’ll say is don’t throw away your hard copy books because they are the Repository — the enduring repository that can’t disappear because they exist physically.
And don’t throw away your relationships with other people because they can’t disappear either.
The material physical things you can smell… those are the things you can trust — And your spouse, your dogs, your children, your actual friendships, your college roommates.
People live in a realm that’s disconnected from physical reality. I think the only way to stay sane is to cling more tightly to the things that you can smell, and I’ve really gotten to the point where if I can’t smell it I’m not dealing with it, and I mean that, and that includes books.
The first thing you should do every day is tell all the people you love that you love them for two reasons: you do and affirming things out loud makes them real.
Words are the most important and most powerful thing that we have, and of course, I have an interest in saying that. Words are in the beginning.
We also need to simultaneously acknowledge a truth which is we don’t know what’s going to happen today and we could die. That’s the one thing that unites every person, the certainty of death.
Reminding yourself every single day will bring you, paradoxically, Joy.
Listen to Tucker Carlson’s Heritage Foundation speech here…
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