Decline Of Conversation: 'The Silencing Of The Wise'
From 'Impact of Decline' part of 'A Study Of Our Decline' by P Atkinson (09-May-16)

The wise are those unselfish citizens (the selfish are insane) who have the ability not only to think clearly but to discern ways of improving the community. And as this must be done through conversation, they will quickly discover that it is now both futile and dangerous to express any opinion that contradicts the delusions of the selfish, regardless of the improvement inherent in the claim. So the wise will not only be silenced but alienated. This must mean that only the selfish will now engage freely in conversation, so making conversation, which is the mind of the community, the realm of lunatics, rendering the community inept.