Argument and the Left

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“How many people here believe that the earth is increasingly polluted and that our natural resources are being exhausted?” Naturally, every hand shot up. Julian Simon said, “Is there any evidence that could dissuade you?” Nothing. Again: “Is there any evidence I could give you — anything at all — that would lead you to reconsider these assumptions?” Not a stir. Julian Simon then said, “Well, excuse me, I’m not dressed for church.”

 

 

 

If Leftism were a political movement, then argument might be useful at least in regard to some Leftists.  However, Leftism is clearly now, for most Leftists, a substitute religion.  Passion, emotion, ideology and bigotry are the fuels for that movement, with almost no room left for reason.  As Jonathan Swift observed long ago in 1721:  Reasoning will never make a Man correct an ill Opinion, which by Reasoning he never acquired.

 

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10 Comments

  1. The Left eschews Divine Providence. “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence…” While our Founding Principles call forth Divine Providence, the Left excommunicates itself from American citizenship. The Left is a country without a man.

  2. A friend of mine once said, that arguing with a leftist is like trying to drink coffee with fork. I think that clocks it pretty well.

  3. Question: Would it be moral to be a Democrat for the purpose of infiltrating and changing the party?

    yes.

    It may very well be moral, but I don’t think it would be effective.

  4. Question: Would it be moral to be a Democrat for the purpose of infiltrating and changing the party?

    Um do the democrats still have spies they catch drawn and quartered? Just askin’

  5. Question: Would it be moral to be a Democrat for the purpose of infiltrating and changing the party?
    yes.
    It may very well be moral, but I don’t think it would be effective.
    Father Paul Marx, RIP, founder of Human Life International, infiltrated Planned Parenthood in street clothes to learn what it was up to. Then Father Marx wrote the book; Death Peddlers

  6. You can argue with a leftist if that person has a fixed conception of procedural norms and takes an interest in public policy. Neither is particularly common today.

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