July 30, 2011 - July 23, 2011
. I don't usually take suggestions about posts. This
time is the exception that proves the rule. Eduardo wanted me to see
the Marxists among us and so he offered this
link with the proviso that the comments were the only interesting
part. He's right. Marxists all. Nothing to say about it, really. Except
read them and weep. (Yawn.)
But then he provided this additional link about The Great Turning, which is far more interesting. Why? It's facinating, to me at least, because it's actually written. You know. Sentences. Paragraphs, Spelling and punctuation. Far better than the standard at a score of righty websites, including Ace of Spades, InstaPundit, Hugh Hewitt, Boortz, Hotair (with the sole exception of DocZero), PowerLine, and all the Breitbart sites (sadly). Useful. How? Because regardless of the close relationship that usually exists between them, writing and thinking aren't the same thing. It's possible to be a competent writer and a wildly, utterly incompetent thinker. (Thus explaining Norman Mailer, for example.) Anyway. Here's a sample paragraph:
I love this (Thank you, Eduardo.) It's a perfect archetype of literate
writing and, well, nonexistent thinking. Which makes it perfectly
post-modern too. Consider that the first sentence of the second
paragraph would make exactly as much sense if it had been written thus:
"Whether they come through Lady Gaga, carburetor technology, flatulence
jokes, or through G-spot theory, itinerant Gypsy fortunetellers, or
Beyonce, such insights and experiences are absolutely necessary to free
us from the grip of the Cleveland City Council..." There are virtually
no commonalities among the strands of thought being so specifically
theory is a pseudo-mythology imposed on the past,
theory and chaos
theory are legitimate branches of science and math,
and everything else in the citation is post-modern,
bullshit. But it sure sounds scholarly, don't it?
AGAIN my thanks to Eduardo. Rare, really, to get such a distilled example of what people are exposed to every day in the mainstream media. That WTF feeling you get when you read a NYT editorial or hear a sententious commentary from some third-generation successor to Eric Severaid at CBS News is a result of exactly this kind of fakery, which can be given many names: pseudo-intellectualism, faux learning, narcissistic preening, ignorant elitist bombast, jargonized superiority, academically abstruse obtuseness, or what Lewis Carroll aptly named Jabberwocky.
But Lewis Carroll defined it only by example. Bertrand Russell, on the other hand, defined it in (gasp) precise dictionary terms (h/t to commenter Michael Murry at Sic Semper Tyrannis for the exact quote I remembered).
That's what we're up against with the left. They tend to write better
than their counterparts on the right. (That's what the Ivy League does
after all... provide a vocabulary of disdain unaffiliated with actual experience.) But they have no idea what they're really talking about.
It's just a pile of plausible phrases they've learned how to string
together in a way that can be diagrammed as grammatically faultless and therefore superficially beyond reproach. Could you write a more literate paragraph?
This is a syndrome that reaches very high into the realm of the intellectually elite. It explains the opening paragraph of this post, for example. But there's nothing in their educations or predilections that makes them students of systems theory, chaos theory, shamanism, or mythology -- let alone economics, complexity theory, information theory, quantum physics, theology, archaeology, anthropology, genetics, and cosmology -- to the degree that a functioning human being who is grappling with the meaning of life in an oppressively secular age is inclined to do.
What's the biggest single cultural influence in the western world? The Bible. Ask the next intellectuals who patronize you whether they've ever read it. Be alert for deceitful answers because they haven't. From Judges to Proverbs to Isaiah to Romans, it's all Greek to them. (And believe me, they've never studied Greek either.) Everything they tell you about your supposed religious delusions is misdirection. Everything they condescend to share about their superior take on religion, philosophy, science, or politics is "the purely prudential use of language." In other words, intellectual mush.
We're governed these days by an elite class of emperors. All of whom have no clothes. Don't be afraid to jeer at their nakedness. Yes, they're articulate, assertive, arrogant, and if need be, assaultive. But they don't know shit. They're simply the brightest smears we've trained ourselves to track on the Internet. By bright I don't mean intelligent. I mean, rather, the strobing egos of those who know so little of their own paucity that they lack the humility to regard the spotlight as something other than a friend.
LESSON: If they give you a podium to preach from, be very afraid. If you're not afraid, there's a near 100 percent probability that you're a fool. If you take a podium no one gave you, be very very careful. You're probably a fool too. Those are the inevitable odds.
Unless you're InstaPunk. Because we're never ever ever wrong. Except when we're completely full of shit. [Which might have happened once or twice in the last seven years, Maybe.]
Here endeth the lesson.
. Is there any? Not really. Well, some. Around the
edges. But we
take what we can get. Like this takedown
And this takedown
Cameron (w/no help btw from Fox
And a Global
Warming defeat in France.
And a post by the
most glamorously named economist ever (see video above).
And a lefty WAPO media columnist disses
the Iranian Quisling Christiane
And a lefty takedown
And ACORN is folding
(but beware the sequel...)
And polls are only, well, polls:
more free speech in Canada. Hurrah! Or is that 'eh'? (Don't be
looking to NRO
for updates on this one...)
The immediate benefits Fox & Friends have been promoting
(promoting, promoting, promoting...) aren't actually there yet.
So the wheels keep grinding. Will they 'grind exceeding small'? We'll see.