Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Quote for the Record Books

"Against the argument that you cannot cry fire in a crowded theatre: Oh yes you can — you must, if in your considered view there is a fire. In that case there is a duty to cry fire."

Julian Porter, QC, speaking at the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on Friday 6 Jun 08

Monday, June 09, 2008

Why Can't a Democrat Be More Like a Man?

So asks Gagdad Bob at One Cosmos. After explaining why male sexual identity is trickier than a woman's, he observes the following:
We are about to elect a feminized man whose official policy is to surrender to our enemies, so we have moved well beyond the theoretical to the actual. In the triangulated war between liberals, Islamists, and the left, only one side can win. Our side will lose if we run out of real men because we simply do not create enough of them. We will lose if we allow the new cutural ideal of the feminized adultolescent male to become the ideal. We will lose if we forget that an upright and noble man with the capacity for righteous violence is at the very foundation of civilization.

Liberals sneer at such men, which is to say, men. I found a typical example by a college professor at dailykos, called A Pacifist’s Agony. S/h/it writes that “I've always hated the term ‘war crime,’ since it's an insidious tautology. It implies that some wars are not crimes, and some of the atrocities committed during war are excusable by virtue of their context. I believe that if there can be any single concept by which a civilization ought to be defined it's this: there is no context that can justify the intentional killing of a sentient being who does not wish it. Period” (somehow, I'm sure there is a loophole for abortion).

The professor's job is not to educate students but to make them “politically aware,” which in practice means to arrest their developmental journey toward adulthood. It is a form of spiritual and intellectual body-snatching; for the boys, it means a fantasized acquisition of manhood, for the girls, contempt for it. Before being indoctrinated, students are “not particularly politically aware,” but by semester’s end, if all goes well, they will be “different people. They now understand the direct relationship between their own deliberately inculcated ignorance and the crimes that are committed in their name.” They will have inverted reality, so that they imagine themselves to be Morally Superior to the primitive and murderous men who protect and defend them.

In other news, Jeff Goldstein has been posting short passages from Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism about the bulwark against the pure worship of science, which brought us, among other thrilling things, the Holocaust, eugenics, and Tuskegee.

The series, called "Provocateurism" has several parts, and each post yielded hundreds of comments. I was only been able to participate in the first two (and my work suffered greatly as a result), because part three was on Sunday and part four was well underway before I got to work.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This last part kinda petered out because Jeff had to rush his wife to the emergency room for reasons unknown. He updated us three hours into the ER wait. How I love the ER. I'm glad I haven't had to go since I was eight (appendicitis).