by Brad Nelson 7/20/14
Didn’t you always hate it when your teacher — usually at the last minute — gave you a homework assignment? Yes, I can see by the show of non-hands that there are a few of you nerd and teacher’s-pet types out there who probably liked it. But for most of us, it was a chore…something to be gotten through because we knew there would be a test the next day. And back in those days, failure was a possibility. The substitution of gold stars for actual performance hadn’t commenced in full yet.
I found two exceptional articles on American Thinker this morning (not to mention Patricia’s which will soon be forthcoming). One of those articles is a very long one. And perhaps for many of you, little in it will come as news. Even so, this is such a complete, Horowitzian evaluation of the Left that I am indeed assigning this as required reading:
Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist by Danusha V. Goska.
To be fair (to you, dear reader), I think Danusha is probably leaving out some of the crucial circumstances of her conversion. Surely this was more than just an intellectual conversion. This was the case with David Horowitz, for instance. All the things he says now make great sense and seem obvious. But he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, see them until a friend of his was murdered which shocked him and opened him up to the possibility of change. I believe there was probably some watershed emotional moment that opened Danusha’s eyes and then, because all Leftists are indeed not stupid (speaking in terms of latent brain power), she retroactively was able to put the pieces together.
And in this lengthy article, she does so expertly. She’s so good she leaves you wondering if such an intelligent person could ever have been a Leftist at all. That is, this sounds as if it could be a fake article written by a conservative who knows the Left well. But I do believe it to be genuine. But it just shows you how blind a person can be. And when the light comes on, it can really come on.
If you make it through the above, then I’m going to assign the next article as optional reading. But it’s a good one too:
Genetic Determinism or Free will? by Timothy Birdnow. His excellent article regards the care that conservatives need to take regarding the idea of genetic determinism. Yes, genetics play a huge role in human behavior. But it’s not the entire story. In fact, it’s not even the most important story (unless one actively wishes to remain a dumb animal, as many do). As Timothy writes eloquently and clearly in a concluding summation paragraph that all of us article-writers can aspire to match:
All of this stems from the belief that we are slaves to our genes and neurons, and that free will is an illusion. Conservatives should think carefully about this; it is the very root of the Progressive Left’s agenda. Are we free men, capable of charting our own destiny, or are we wards of the State, slaves to our bodies, men and women who must be governed by force of law? This is an absolutely critical issue. Our Founding Fathers believed the former, that Man can make a moral choice, and indeed must do so to remain Men. The Progressives promote the concept that we are mere beasts. The future will be decided by how this question is answered.
And if you can’t find time to read either of these article, I’ll give you an out. Just donate some money in that little PayPal thingie at the far bottom right of the page. Editor needs a new pair of shoes, as they say. 😉
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