Sunday, October 10, 2010

Protesting the Protesters

Instead of simply reporting on conservative and libertarian uprisings, the press decided to take up the cause of the ancien regime and do combat with the tea partiers. 

Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic --Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Reductio Ad Absurdum: Who gets there faster, Big Government Advocates or Tea Partiers?

The press is good at taking something an ordinary American says at a Tea party and deconstructing it down to absurdity, often going after syntactical errors or poorly constructed arguments. "See?" They say, "These people don't even know what they're protesting!"

The cognoscenti say "This lady receives social security and medicare and she's protesting big government! What a hypocrite!" This statement is itself illogical and dishonest: Protesting a system you're coerced to participate in is hardly hypocritical, but anyway...

They find one little loose thread and pick at it until they unravel the fabric.

This is a valid line of attack in logical argumentation, but these reporters are still being dishonest. Their role is not to debate newsmakers, but report the news. They expose a logical error or mangled syntax to discredit the messenger and, by implication, her message. All good and fair, but this obscures the larger truth, and I think they do it on purpose.

Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Meta-Narrative: You may have discredited this particular example, but the larger truth still remains

The left makes the same cry I am now making when they find recourse in the "meta-narrative." e.g. "Maybe the latest racist attack was a hoax, but racism still exists!"

Or, "OK, so that family Newsweek claimed was driven to bankruptcy by health care costs is not really broke. They own expensive real estate. But medical costs really do bankrupt some families!"

The press eats this propaganda up and spreads it like manure, where a thousand liberal fantasies bloom. No argumentation, no logic examinations, just channeling the emotion.

Things like racism and health care problems are real, but hard to put a quantitative finger on. Bad things happen.  As Dr Sowell points out, in a nation of over a quarter billion people, improbable events are commonplace. The press can be relied upon to point out every obscure event that buttresses the liberal cry that, "something must be done!"

Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel
-- Ivan Turgenev
We don't need no stinking meta-truths!
The present conservative and libertarian concerns are valid: We really are in debt, our government really has invaded every corner of our lives, and people really don't trust institutions anymore. These are measurable, objective facts. We don't need meta-truths: The real thing is on display!

* Unemployment at 10%, while the "stimulus" removes capital from the marketplace, leaving businesses unable to expand and hire more people.

* Government taking our money from the US Treasury and giving it to politically-connected banks, businesses and unions

* Government apparatchiks telling us how to sneeze, how to wash our hands, and a gaggle of nattering nannies scolding us about nutrition, compassion and racism

* A government insinuating itself deeper and deeper into our lives with endless tangles of red tape

* Government spending money it does not have, and encouraging citizens to do the same, putting us in hock to China, devaluing the dollar and eroding our savings

Politicians, liberal agitators, and their enablers in the press launch a farrago of rhetoric and argumentation to defend it all, but common sense people who know nothing of formal logic and debate do know that our nation cannot survive if this continues.

The jig is up. 

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manapp99 said...

Though I read your blogs regularly I do not often post because the only thing I can say after reading this is ....Ditto.

Must be that clear cool clean Colorado air.

"Politicians, liberal agitators, and their enablers in the press launch a farrago of rhetoric and argumentation to defend it all"

Two of the three have financial skin in the game, the middle group are the useful idiots.

Silverfiddle said...

Thank you!

I love this:

"Two of the three have financial skin in the game, the middle group are the useful idiots."

Yours is the comment of the week, Manapp99!

TKZ said...

Great post, Silverfiddle.

You need to post more often, Manapp99! :o) Great line!!!

Silverfiddle said...

Glad to see you back to writing again, TKZ!

TKZ said...

Thanks! My little business is keeping me busy, thank goodness, but I don't have quite as much time for blogging as I'd like.

Silverfiddle said...

None of us do...

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

This is much the same as my post 'RE: Ashley" where she states "Illegal immigration is a problem, but dare say racism is a larger one"

One has to think on that a little;
If the left calls illegal immigration 'Undocumented Workers' and deems the former racist terminology then she has admitted being a racist, hence protesting herself against herself protesting.

I know, re-read that a couple of times to sink in (I know I did) and make sense.

WomanHonorThyself said...

The press eats this propaganda up and spreads it like manure, true especially about Israel..what a mess we are in Silver~!

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