Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sowell on the Angry Left
Thomas Sowell's most recent column grapples with the puzzle posed by intense, constant hatred that emanates from the left.
How often have you seen conservatives or libertarians take to the streets, shouting angry slogans? How often have conservative students on campus shouted down a visiting speaker or rioted to prevent the visitor from speaking at all?Ayn Rand managed to do this -- to discover a principle behind such apparently random anger -- in her essay, "The Age of Envy", where she also called what Sowell observes "hatred of the good for being the good".
Often it is an exercise in futility even to seek to find a principle behind the anger. For example, the left's obsession with the high incomes of corporate executives never seems to extend to equally high -- or higher -- incomes of professional athletes, entertainers, or best-selling authors like Danielle Steel.
It seems to be the threat to their egos that they hate. And nothing is more of a threat to their desire to run other people's lives than the free market and its defenders. [bold added]
This identification was no small feat as it entailed the integration of such observations with two other ideas that were revolutionary in themselves: (1) That productive work is morally good, and (2) emotions are automated responses to evaluations of the facts of reality in accordance with one's implicit philosophical premises.
Thompson on Michael Moore
I don't know that much so far about Senator Fred Thompson, but he was recently challenged to a "debate" by agitpropiteer Michael Moore over his criticism of the latter for taking some Ground Zero workers to Cuba for medical treatment.
There is an amusing video clip of Thompson's response here, where he treats Moore with about the right degree of seriousness and makes a good point about Cuba at the same time.
Environmentalism as Religion, Part 1,000,006
Yes. The idiots are building a replica of Noah's Ark.
Turkish and German volunteer carpenters are making the wooden ship on the mountain in eastern Turkey, bordering Iran. The ark will be revealed in a ceremony on May 31, a day after Greenpeace activists climb the mountain and call on world leaders to take action to tackle climate change, Greenpeace said.I need not inform anyone that an Ark is not an argument, but then this is no attempt at argumentation. This is simply an attempt to coopt a well-known mythological symbol for the purpose of concretizing the preexisting "consensus" on global warming -- and probably also appeal further to the religious.
"Climate change is real, it's happening now and unless world leaders take urgent, decisive and far-reaching action, the next decades will see human misery on a scale not experienced in modern times," said Greenpeace activist Hilal Atici. "Those leaders have a mandate from the people ... to massively cut greenhouse gas emissions and to do it now."