posted on 02/08/2009 10:31:43 PM PST
Feminists continued to see every human problem as a manifestation of patriarchy, civil rights activists as a manifestation of racism, homosexual-rights activists as a manifestation of homophobia, anti-globalists as a manifestation of globalization, and radical libertarians as a manifestation of state regulation.
It is sad how a selfish, insecure person thinks that the solution to his personal problem will lead to world peace. Gosh. Whatever happened to "minding your own business"? Fortunately, selfish, insecure people are powerless.
posted on 02/08/2009 10:44:29 PM PST
("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
Most ideologies start off as observations of cause-and-effect relationships. Some evolve into legitimate scientific hypotheses and theorems. The problem is when these theories become insulated from criticism, and are considered above reproach. They then become ideology. Once that happens, radicalism ensues.
Moderation in everything. Even moderation.
posted on 02/08/2009 10:55:11 PM PST
(Stop picking on Porkulus. He's not fat, he's just big-boned.)
posted on 02/08/2009 11:33:53 PM PST
by GOP Poet
Brilliant stuff. A self-ping for later comment.
[The environmentalist ideology threatens to make serious inroads into the rule of law in Britain. This past September, six environmentalists were acquitted of having caused $50,000 worth of damage to a power stationnot because they did not do it but because four witnesses, including a Greenlander, testified to the reality of global warming.]
[One recalls the disastrous 1878 jury acquittal in St. Petersburg of Vera Zasulich for the attempted assassination of General Trepov, on the grounds of the supposed purity of her motives. The acquittal destroyed all hope of establishing the rule of law in Russia and ushered in an age of terrorism that led directly to one of the greatest catastrophes in human history.]
I'd like to see a rebirth of the Know Nothing Party.
posted on 02/09/2009 12:10:11 AM PST
by Brad from Tennessee
("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
By contrast, ideologists have few fears about finding their daily bread.
This is why our American radicals have always come from the upper economic classes. Look at our the powers behind the throne in the US, Bill Ayers and his lovely wife Bernardine Dohrn, for example. In fact, having known a number of SDS and other radicals in New York in the 1960s, I can say that virtually all of them were from extremely well-off families, and I'm sure this was true in Europe, too.
posted on 02/09/2009 3:14:05 AM PST
Yes, Islamo-Leninism is probably more accurate. But because of our own “trahison des clercs,” Leninism still has intellectual appeal. Fascism, on the other hand, is rejected by our “clercs,” and so the term “Islamo-Fascism” is a stronger negative.
posted on 02/09/2009 3:54:12 AM PST
(Sauve Qui Peut)
To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; ...
Theodore Dalrymple BUMP!
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posted on 02/09/2009 7:53:56 AM PST
The body or husk of Soviet Russia died — the tower toppled — but the spirit of communism that it projected toward the west lives on and continues to do damage. The ghost of Marx walks the land and now wants to save the rain forests, wants clean energy, wants to save the whale and reduce global warming. It wants disenfranchised minorities to become majorities with a multicultural task force: multisexual, multiracial, multilingual, etc., all multitasking to remake the tower of Babel into a Paradise. This will be man’s ultimate and crowning achievement to himself. Marx’s ghost is here to rebuilt the tower God, Reagan and the Pope once knocked down.
ideologists have few fears about finding their daily bread. Their difficulty with life is less concrete. Their security gives them the leisure, their education the need, and no doubt their temperament the inclination, to find something above and beyond the flux of daily life.
Conservatism is an ideology, but one of leaving people alone as much as possible to be free and independent. Conservative ideology does not generally fall into this trap of attracting the egotistic and bored people into its clutches. I would therefore clarify this author's thesis by noting that it is leftist, collectivist or authoritarian ideologies that he is talking about. The US constitution is a blueprint for avoiding such schemes--by limiting government and dividing power. I am ideological in my view of the world, but it is reality-based, not boredom-based or power-based.
posted on 02/09/2009 10:26:44 AM PST
(I for one welcome our new Obama Overlords.)
posted on 02/09/2009 11:27:26 AM PST
(What Madoff is to finance Gore is to global warming.)
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