Monday, October 25, 2010

Ideological Idiocy

"Diversity" means whatever the left says it means, and minorities are only celebrated so long as they stay on the reservation

The whole Juan Williams controversy, and the illogical and hate-filled response from the left shows them to be in complete intellectual collapse.  There is no reasoning left on the left, just rage, outrage and raw emotion.  A dogmatic MSNBC mindset that anathematizes the impure who stray from the liberal orthodoxy.

It's an "us versus them" mentality.  Juan's cardinal sin was to treat conservatives as worthy of debate instead of just smearing them from a safe distance.  And he had the temerity to do it on the hated "Faux Nooz!"  For this same reason, liberal atheist Christopher Hitchens has more fans on the right than on the left, all because he cogently critiques militant Islam.

A Diversity of Thought
We enjoy a diversity of thought on the right; the left chokes with rage on it.  We may not agree with Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, Kirsten Powers or the other liberals who routinely appear on FOX news, but we enjoy the debate.  They add clarity to our thought, as fire hardens steel.  And we even learn something every now and then.  For this we will only grow stronger as our friends on the left suffer a rigor mortis of rationality.

We on the right are now much more about thought, debate and exploring new ideas.  We've dropped our knee-jerk support for big business and big wars.  We don't foam at the mouth in rabid anger like the left does, but we now criticize crony capitalism and Wall Street gamblers flush with our tax dollars.  We're also tiring of military adventures and we have awoken to the the dangers of our burgeoning domestic security apparatus. 

Ideology Kills
Blind allegiance to ideology kills rational thought, and that is what we're seeing on the left.  Daniel J. Flynn, in his most excellent book Intellectual Morons , explains:  
"ideology acts as a mental straitjacket. It blinds adherents to reality, breeds fanaticism, and rationalizes dishonesty. It makes smart people stupid."
Ideology can be a mental framework to make sense of what's going on around you, but Flynn sees it more as a crutch for those too lazy to think for themselves. Reading the opening chapter slowly and thoughtfully can provide a good intellectual self-examination.
The main idea behind Intellectual Morons is that ideology acts as a mental straitjacket. It blinds adherents to reality, breeds fanaticism, and rationalizes dishonesty. It makes smart people stupid.

It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are if you don’t use your brain. Intelligent people aren’t necessarily rigorous thinkers. In fact, many of them are mentally lazy. Ideology provides a way for lazy people to respond to issues, ideas, people, and events without thinking.

For the ideologue, ideology is the Rosetta Stone of everything. Why think when the system provides all the answers? Ideology is attractive to smart people because it flatters them by suggesting that a single idea from the mind of an intellectual has the power of explaining all of history or ordering the affairs of whole nations. No person is that smart; no idea that good. (Front Page - Interview)
"Intellectual Morons" is a storehouse of of ammo for those who enjoy arguing with liberals.  More importantly, it is a useful springboard to an intellectual self-examination.    It also explains why modern-day American liberalism is a rotting carcass.  They cling to their dogma and purge their ranks; we on the right invite thinking liberals to the debate.

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Andrew33 said...

So I'm not the only one that thinks it "a tad odd" that Juan Williams was canned for saying the truth at the behest of CAIR, yet Williams has consistently defended Muslims on every issue including the NYC "Triumval (see Roman history) Mosque" debate.

Andrew33 said...

By the way, check out the Fox News: part of the problem or solution post at

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I couldn't possibly agree with you/the people who you quote here more. Hell, SF, it's probably the main reason why I stay an independent (well, that and my disdain for politicians in general).

Most Rev. Gregori said...

The theme song for the left should be; "IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN", sung by the Scarecrow in 'THE WIZARD OF OZ'.

Joe said...

(Not sure what comment didn't post)

The left's disdain for honest dialog is rampant. They can't think their way out of the proverbial wet paper sack.

Silverfiddle said...

Will: Flynn goes after some conservative and libertarian ideologies as well, so it's a book all can enjoy (or hate).

Linda said...

Insightful post! The part of the Juan Williams firing that is so sad is his boss' flip comment that perhaps Juan needed to talk to his phychiatrist...It is what those on the left often say about those who DISAGREE with them. They like to throw around words like crazy, extremist, racist, bigot, homophobe, liars, etc.

Silverfiddle said...

That's right, Linda. That's why those hysterical charges don't work anymore.

They are destroying the English language one abused word at a time.

Dixon Webb said...

Hi Silverfiddle . . First time reader. You've a great blog. I'll be back. Re: Juan Williams, his firing is disgraceful - but - about what a person can expect from a clueless employer. Williams is altogether too smart to work for NPR anyway. I rarely agree with him. But in my book he is one of the most interesting left leaning liberals around and an excellent commentator. I wish him well. Bump

Silverfiddle said...

Thanks for stopping by, bump.

Funny how it's only us racist rightwingers defending an African American liberal, huh?

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