THINK GLOBO. ACT LOCO.
A book review of "Suicide of the West," (1964) by James Burnham described liberals thus: "In Burnham's view, the fundamental premise of liberalism holds that human nature is not fixed but 'plastic and hence capable of fundamental change.' This premise means that people are perfectible: 'through reason, freed from superstition, authority, custom and tradition human beings can discover the truth and the road toward the betterment of society. There is nothing inherent in human nature that prevents the attainment of peace, freedom, justice and well-being of, that is, the good society. The obstacles are ignorance and faulty social institutions.'Liberal philosophy which originated in the Enlightenment era, produces ideological thinking, the distinguishing quality of which is to regard those who oppose it as either stupid or malicious. For a liberal, if doctrine and reality clash, reality 'must give way.' Hence no true dialogue with a liberal is possible: his thinking cannot be refuted either by logic or by evidence. For all their democratic professions, liberals proved unreliable allies against the Communists, the main enemies of democracy in the post World War II era, because they treated them as 'liberals with guts.'"So - this same description fits nicely the islamofascist picture, except its model for change is not government schooling but scimitars and bombs. It also makes me think that liberal philosophy taken to its logical conclusion is islamofascism. So now I'd like to see some art work with Teddy Kennedy in a nazi turban: I think he is their brother.
Hello Mara. As always, a fine piece of commentary from you. I hope to elaborate on this very them in more detail as this particular cartoon issue receds and I get back to my normal preoccupations.
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