The Mad Hatter’s Lament

Madhatter3by Deana Chadwell  2/7/15
I am really trying to hold onto some form of sanity here, but ever since I saw a woman bathing in her breakfast cereal, my brain has been crumbling; I find I now live in a world where the president of the greatest, most powerful country the earth has ever known can sit calmly for an interview with a woman in green lipstick (She’s the same woman in the bathtub – is this a bad dream?).

The news is filled with news of newsmen lying – Dan Rather, Jason Blair, Rolling Stone, and now Brian Williams. Can you mistakenly say your helicopter was shot down? Wouldn’t you be pretty clear about that? We all have our Walter Mitty moments, but we don’t broadcast them on national TV as if they’re news. Apparently we’re supposed to believe these people anyway – them and a White House press secretary with the unbelievable name of Josh Ernest.

Lying, of course, starts with not telling our selves the truth. I just watched a documentary about the dating of the Exodus. The experts were both irrational and dogmatic in stating that:

    • The Exodus had to have happened around 1250 B.C., but that
    • There’s no evidence that it happened at that time, therefore, it didn’t happen at all – despite increasing, impressive evidence for the Exodus happening c1440 B.C. (Not B.C.E. – that new designation is just silly – we’re still counting from the birth of Christ.)

Then this week the supporters of the “religion of peace” doused a man in a cage with lighter fluid and burned him alive. They’ve also been crucifying children, selling sex slaves, throwing gays off of rooftops, stoning women, and burying kids alive. And our president (the one of the green lipstick interview) responds by pointing out how bad the Crusades were. Evidently he doesn’t know that the Crusades were started to fend off, guess who? The supporters of his beloved “religion of peace.”

The NSA is spying on everyone, but no one knows where the next terrorist is going to strike and the president gets his information from the evening news – no doubt from Brian Williams, the anchor who lied about being in a helicopter crash.

I keep hearing that the earth’s temperature is rising – hottest year on record, but that’s the same year that sported 2,000 record lows in America alone. What did I miss? The polar ice packs are the largest ever. It snowed in Hawaii this winter. In short, we’re ready to destroy a huge economy, send the whole world spinning out into the darkness just because of a half-dozen computer models that were built with questionable data and government grants.[pullquote]I mean, if Henry is born a male, but thinks he’s female, and if Susan is born female but wants to be male, can they team up and trade parts?[/pullquote]

I can’t see how it’s connected, but people seem real confused about gender these days. “…[M]ale and female created he them,” (Genesis 1:27) doesn’t cut it anymore. Boys can choose to be girls and have access to the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, whether the girls are comfortable with that or not. Surgeons claim to be able to work sex-change miracles, and taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill. No one seems at all curious about exactly how effective this surgery is. Even if it actually turns a man into a woman, Facebook now lists 51 different genders to choose from. Will surgeons be able to keep up?

I mean, if Henry is born a male, but thinks he’s female, and if Susan is born female but wants to be male, can they team up and trade parts? If Susan is then attracted to women is she now straight because she has Henry’s equipment? What if it’s Henrietta she’s attracted to? What if Henry had been married to a gay man, and then changed gender, does that dissolve the marriage? It’s all so confusing. And if all I ever did was watch TV, I’d have the idea that a third of the population is gay.

While I’m at it, I should bring up the fact that pedophilia seems to be trending amongst both Hollywood and government elites and gay marriage is now acceptable to 44% of the population. The new AIDS vaccine has continued to fail, but folks aren’t talking about that.

People are talking about the 3-parent baby options. While this is designed to help parents with genetic problems, I can see it already slipping out of its cage. We currently have inbreeding problems with IVF (some 60,000 IVF babies have been born here.) and anonymous sperm donors – how can a girl know whether or not she’s fallen in love with her half-brother? Or would that be her 1/3-brother?

On a different note, I hear we’ve recovered from the awful recession of 2008, but the number of full-time jobs is the lowest it’s ever been and the number of people on welfare and disability is the highest ever. I’m sure I didn’t just dream that. And health insurance is now cheaper – oh. Right. It’s much more expensive – but the government is going to continue saying it’s cheaper and that seems OK with folks.

But we just spent two weeks fussing about footballs like too little air meant the downfall of society. It seems, however, that a lot of people don’t mind if the president commits impeachable offenses and attacks the integrity of our constitution. That’s OK; just don’t mess with the footballs.

Football makes me think of school — our schools, having failed at leaving no child behind, are evidently deciding to just leave them all behind – to frustrate all good teachers out of the profession and cover their own rears with lots of bother about testing, and an increase in the amount of time spent teaching the joys of Islam, the “religion of peace.”

Speaking of knowledge, every time I see one of those man-on-the-street interviews I’m left with my mouth hanging open. Our college students think Che Guevara freed the slaves in 1776 just shortly after Columbus killed all the Indians who taught the pilgrims to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. The students no longer believe in God, but they celebrate the holiday anyway, wolfing down tofurkey and pumpkins. (For this education they shell out $50,000 a year.)

Speaking of pumpkins, a teacher I know was recently accosted by an angry parent who flipped inside out because her son had just learned that The Great Pumpkin wasn’t real – apparently the worship of TGP was an important religion in their household – who would have thought?

Meanwhile the rainbow has been shanghaied by the LBGT community to ornament the Gay Pride parades, where people prance about in their birthday suits or in leotards festooned with feathers and sequins – Noah, and Sodom-Gomorrah be damned. People are flocking to the theaters to see Fifty Shades of Sex while their children go to school-sponsored sex conferences where they learn about the wonders of electronic vibration and mutual masturbation.

My head just spins – I keep expecting the Mad Queen to come whirling into the room swinging her flamingo. (That wouldn’t be any weirder than what’s on the news – not that we can believe what’s on the news.) I’m afraid I’ve become the Mad Hatter.

So what to do? Pray, because only God can straighten this out. Talk as much sense as we can. Write truth. Learn –“Study to show [our] selves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”(2Timothy 2:15). Practice kindness – not random acts thereof, but constant, consistent kindness. Vote wisely with the safety and prosperity of the whole country close to our hearts.

We are Americans; we don’t have to live in a nuthouse, but if we don’t do something soon, we’ll be stuck in one.


Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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19 Responses to The Mad Hatter’s Lament

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m on record as saying — in fact I said it just the other day — that half the population is a little crazy. I don’t say that as an insult, as an intended bit of hyperbole, or because I’m having a fit of drama. For all the reasons that Deana has mentioned, and more, the sanity of this nation is suspect.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Slick Barry’s spokesliar is Josh Earnest, not Ernest. Of course, that makes it even worse — or better, if you think in terms of liberal truth inversion.

    David Rohl in his ultra-revisionist books dates the Exodus much later than standard dating. Oddly enough, this causes the Hebrew conquest of Canaan to match up with one of the destructions of Jericho. He links the time of David with the time of Akhenaten, when Canaan was being overrun by “Habiru” and the vassal king Mutbaal was emphasizing that he had no idea where “Dadua” was. (In another book, he makes the case that the garden in Eden was in the vicinity of Tabriz.) Very interesting.

    In Life of Brian, one of the revolutionaries (Stan) wants to be called Loretta and have a baby. In the list of characters in the screenplay (as sold in book form), he is referred to as “Stanley called Loretta, a confused revolutionary”. That seems to be an apt description of these gender-bending transwhatevers.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Pick one or two of the above mentioned evils and fight against them. You may lose friends and customers, but the West must be saved.

    • Anniel says:

      Your article reminds me of the pleas for money from “Action Groups,” Charities, Constituional Protectors, the list goes on. I wish I had the money to give to all, but I do not. I think Master Kung Fu is right. Pick your own path and decide where your energies will be directed. More and more I am leaning towards education and truth telling. When Kung Fu tells his stories I think we need to do the same, to preserve the histories of our own lives and times. Every person has an incredible opportunity to affirm what is right and true through what they have learned.

      One other matter is having good humor in the face of adversity. I’ve heard that the Devil hates to be laughed at.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of unreality, Mark Steyn has weighed in on Brian Williams’ hatterism: The Life of Brian

    Thirty years ago, it would be difficult to imagine a liar or fantasist surviving in a job that supposedly depends on one’s trustworthiness. Yet today Brian Williams’ survival is the way to bet – because the obsolete format of Big Three “network news” is a dinner-theatre exercise that now bears so little relation to real news that Williams’ ability to project the aura of authority and integrity trumps the reality that he doesn’t actually have any. If you get your news from old-school “network news”, you’re not actually getting any news, you’re watching a guy ’cause he has great hair. So getting it from a delusional narcissist is only taking it to the next level.

    But sometimes reality does seep in. Robert Weissberg does a rare thing in the conservative blogosphere. He notes that many are conservative Emperors not wearing any clothes – or at least are toothless: A Movement Led by Sheep.

    Note well, today’s courageousness does not require repeatedly risking life or limb. The PC- dominated world is target-rich – how about a presidential candidate hinting that we may want to re-examine affirmative action or federal laws mandating strict gender equality? These suggestions, even couched in the midlist language possible, are now unthinkable. So much for moxie when challenging the left’s imposed taboos.

    But, multiple opportunities for non-life-threatening displays of courage aside, conservative leaders remain cowards. Indeed, those who manage candidates on the campaign trail are terrified that their charges will go off message and speak bluntly (i.e., honestly) about some “controversial” topic. Recall Romney’s awkward effort in 2012 to walk back his blunt comments about so many Americans living off government largess. So deep is this fear that today’s conservative luminaries even avoid once revered terms that the contemporary left deems “offensive” code words – colorblind, merit, self-reliance, and personal responsibility.

    Laurie Regan also has an excellent reality-inducing article at American Thinker: Whether a Cvilization Endures is Determined by How It Confronts Evil

    Obama certainly appears to be. In the fight of good versus evil, he is siding with evil. From Turkey’s Erdogan to Venezuela’s Chavez and Syria’s Assad, Obama came into office with a bevy of new BFFs who were very bad men. And we just learned that on the heels of chumming up to the Castro brothers in Cuba, he is beginning a reach out to North Korea.

    But the icing on the cake is the nuclear negotiations taking place with Iran. Ensuring that the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism will acquire nuclear weapons despite promises of annihilating Israel, encouraging hatred of America on its streets, and threatening every Sunni Arab in the region, Obama is perpetuating evil rather than fighting it.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Of course, one reason for the cowardly leadership’s refusal to confront some of the worst excesses of liberalism is that they aren’t really conservatives, and thus don’t really consider them anything more than perhaps going a bit too far.

      The observation about Obama is that several of my dysphemisms for him suggest that he is demonic. Lately I’ve begun thinking of another such, referring to that traitor (up to now only in my mind) as Satan’s Spawn.

  5. Jerry Richardson says:

    Deana,

    After reading you excellent cataloging of some of the more malignant types of evil that exist today, I have a question for you:

    This is a multiple choice question, and I’ll give you my answer just so you know I’m not trying to spring some trick-question on you:

    WHICH STATEMENT(S) DO YOU AGREE WITH:

    1. Evil in the world is much worse today than it has ever been.
    2. Evil in the world today is qualitatively (same in essence) as it has always been.
    3. Evil in the world is less than it has ever been.

    My use of and understanding of the term Evil is that it is the highest-level abstraction that encompasses all lower-level evils including those things in your (Deana’s) taxonomy.

    Here are my answers and my reasons for my answers:

    I favor items 1 and 2.

    I believe item 2 is correct because I believe that fundamentally the same evils that came into existence after Adam and Eve disobeyed God are still around and will stay around until Christ returns. So, in item 2, I’m reflecting on what could be called, philosophically, an ontology of Evil.

    I also favor item 1 because I believe that even though basically the ontology of Evil has not changed (just the names in some cases and the manifestation in others) the intensity and the frequency has increased. I think those who believe the New Testament in regard to the description of end-times will probably not disagree.

    Now, about the more practical-problem of praxis (translating ideas into action) as opposed to the theoretical-problem of taxonomy, here are some excellent suggestions from Deana:

    So what to do? Pray, because only God can straighten this out. Talk as much sense as we can. Write truth. Learn –“Study to show [our] selves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”(2Timothy 2:15). Practice kindness – not random acts thereof, but constant, consistent kindness. Vote wisely with the safety and prosperity of the whole country close to our hearts. —Deana

    I also like KFZ’s suggestion of

    Pick one or two of the above mentioned evils and fight against them. You may lose friends and customers, but the West must be saved.
    —Kung Fu Zu

    I think this is sound advice to ponder if one of your personal methods of fighting Evil is to contribute time and/or money to anti-evil causes; and if we have those resources in sharing-abundance, we should. In these sorts of cases, a person can get spread so thin that they accomplish little. So KFZ’ advice is solid, I believe.

    I like your (Deana’s) suggestions, quoted above, because I firmly believe we must fight Evil in a very general sense as well as fighting specific manifestations of it, which is certainly much needed, and is what I believe KFZ is referring to.

    Deana mentions what I consider to be, and I think the Bible supports, the two most effective weapons against Evil in general, Prayer and Truth.

    However, Deana, I am curious about one of the statements in your quote: “Practice kindness – not random acts thereof, but constant, consistent kindness.”

    Please expand on what you mean by that.

    How do you characterize a “random act of kindness” and what exactly is the problem with that? And, in your opinion, is “constant, consistent kindness” mandated for a soldier in battle toward the enemy? I also have a minor biblical problem with your statement: Due to the fact that it seemingly prioritizes one “Fruit of the Spirit” trait ahead of at least one other arguably more-important spiritual trait: Agape love.

    I think my biblical-problem with your statement will translate to this:

    Acting in the Spirit of Agape love requires doing what is best for another person and may not always appear to be an act of kindness—discipline of children is often in this category.

    An act of kindness can be in the eye of the beholder, and what appears to be an act of kindness on the surface may turn out to be very unkind in the long term; hence, I think it is best to view the “Fruit of the Spirit” kindness as a spiritual disposition and not so much as an individual action (see definition at bottom).

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
    —Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
    —Galatians 5:22-23 NASB

    In the translations above, the Greek Word, chrēstotēs, is translated as kindness in the NASB and as gentleness in the KJV.

    chrēstotēs (khray-stot’-ace)
    The word is descriptive of one’s disposition and does not necessarily entail acts of goodness as does the word agathōsúnē (G19), active benignity. Chrēstótēs has the harmlessness of the dove but not the wisdom of the serpent which agathōsúnē shows in sharpness and rebuke.
    —The Complete WordStudy Dictionary

    • Jerry — what interesting questions! I’m with you on the multiple choice question. I’ve been involved in education, both private and public for almost 4 decades, and based on just that cross-section, long-term experience “something wicked this way comes.”Add to that the national and international news and it’s easy to conclude that evil is coming at us like an F4 tornado.

      Of course, evil (i.e. Satan) has always been at the back of all ill winds, in fact we exist, I believe, to demonstrate to Satan that a free-will being can and will choose to be on God’s side. I believe we are in the advanced stage of that angelic fracas — it’s all coming to a head. I suppose it’s possible that things have been this bad before; it must have been truly nasty right before the Flood, but I have a sense that we’re gearing up for some sort of cataclysmic event(s). We’ll see.

      As for random acts of kindness: by “kindness” I mean virtue love, agape love, impersonal love — caring because we choose to care, not because someone earned our affection. I don’t mean “nice” or “sweet” or “meek.” To quote from “Into the Woods,” “Nice is different than good.” I get annoyed with the “random acts of kindness” bumper stickers because the concept implies a capricious attitude, a flippancy regarding what should be a deep and instinctual concern for others. I love the phrase “active benignity” which you quoted; it’s exactly the right idea. I agree that the attitudinal caring of agape is the foundation for all fruits of the spirit. I suspect that our biblical training is probably very similar — I always enjoy your posts because they feel like home. Thanks for the questions.

  6. Timothy Lane says:

    There’s an interesting article on the transgender nonsense by Carlos Flores that was linked at Erick Erickson’s Red State (which is where I encountered it). He compares the belief that a male can be a female if he thinks he is to believing that a northern European can be a black if he thinks he is (and even gets cosmetic surgery to look like one), or that a senior citizen can be a teenager if he thinks he is. He also notes that anorexia nervosa is itself a mental disorder involving a false image, treated by getting rid of the false image. The link is:

    http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14305/

  7. Jerry Richardson says:

    Deana,

    As for random acts of kindness: by “kindness” I mean virtue love, agape love, impersonal love — caring because we choose to care, not because someone earned our affection. I don’t mean “nice” or “sweet” or “meek.” To quote from “Into the Woods,” “Nice is different than good.” I get annoyed with the “random acts of kindness” bumper stickers because the concept implies a capricious attitude, a flippancy regarding what should be a deep and instinctual concern for others. I love the phrase “active benignity” which you quoted; it’s exactly the right idea. I agree that the attitudinal caring of agape is the foundation for all fruits of the spirit. I suspect that our biblical training is probably very similar — I always enjoy your posts because they feel like home. Thanks for the questions. —Deana

    Thanks very much for clarifying your contextual use of the word “kindness”; I have no disagreement with anything you have said here, and yes I think our (your and my) biblical training is probably very similar; likewise I read and enjoy your posts.

    In addition, I’m a former school-teacher, spent 18 years in the business before I changed careers because I could see I would have little or no retirement if I didn’t.

    As I stated in another article I coached, but that was more or less accidental, I was a high-school mathematics, physics, chemistry, and mechanical drawing teacher but mathematics was my real love, especially teaching bright-and-eager advanced math students. My wife is a retired school teacher (34 years I think) and her area was elementary school; she taught 1st and 2nd grade, very demanding work.

    Thanks again for your clarifying comments and keep the good stuff coming!

  8. Timothy Lane says:

    There was an interesting “week in review’ piece by Teresa Mull at Human Events that took an amused look at various liberal idiocies. She suggested, for example, that we should resume Washington’s Birthday, and Lincoln’s Birthday as well, because “Presidents’ Day” now includes Obama and is thus hardly worth celebrating. She also mentioned Marie Barf’s “jobs for terrorists” idiocy, and said that Acme was reportedly hiring (with a link to a Roadrunner-Coyote cartoon). The link is:

    http://humanevents.com/2015/02/20/the-week-that-was-64/?utm_source=hedaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

  9. Timothy Lane says:

    The Mad Tea Party just received another member. Planet Fitness, it turns out, has an “inclusive” principle of allowing people to use the dressing rooms that matches their “gender” of the moment. And when a woman complained about finding a man who claims to consider himself a woman in the woman’s dressing room, they decided to punish . . . her, of course, canceling her membership. (Actually, if they refunded her fees, she probably is better off. If.) It seems she isn’t the only woman to complain about finding men-who-think-they’re-women in their dressing room, but the illness of one confused man trumps every woman in America. And if a voyeur-and-possible-rapist claims to be a woman in order to check out the possibilities, well, any harm is just collateral damage.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I have to admit, Timothy, I’m ambivalent about this. Oh, not because I’m a man who wants a free pass to visit a woman’s dressing room. Yes, I’ve seen that scene from “Revenge of the Nerds” and have to admit the appeal of it. But there’s so much porn on the internet (if one wants to find it….and plenty of nude women make their way involuntarily into my inbox from friends) that entering a woman’s dressing room or locker room is way down on my list. Besides, not everything in there is what I’d like to see. They’re not all Swedish bikini models.

      No, the ambivalence comes from “the chickens coming home to roost” factor, something Jonah Goldberg may one day wake up and find out. “Gender” issues have never been about “sensitivity” toward perverts, homosexuals, or whomever. It’s been entirely about an attack on traditional morals by people who, for various reasons, hate traditional morals.

      And the second-tier — comprised of useful idiots and low-information voters who thought the “gender” agenda was all about “sensitivity” — are going to slowly find themselves victims of it. It’s doubtful that these people who (odds are) voted for the “Progressive” agenda ever had it in mind that it would effect them adversely.

      Chickens-coming-home-to-roost.

      Ladies, you’re more than welcome inside the men’s locker room or dressing room. I have no problem with that, particularly because I spend zero time in locker rooms of either sex (or of any of the 80 or so recognized perversions…err…I mean “genders”) and most of the girls are cute who work at the clothing stores where I shop. So if you want to help me choose underwear, we could probably make that work.

      So I’m actually laughing my ass off (underwear off?) at the woman (who, odds are, has voted religiously for the “Progressive” agenda) who finds herself inconvenienced by the Gender Police. Serves you right. And it’s not going to get any better. I’m not perv enough to follow some good-looking 20-year-old blond into the woman’s dressing room. But others will. Again, serves you right not to see any of this coming, ladies.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I can understand what you mean. When I read about the Fascist Messiah harming industries still dominated by union workers, I tend to think that those unions are getting what they deserve for supporting him. Schadenfreude can be a lot of fun, though it certainly isn’t Christian. But then, neither are you and I.

        The problem is that not all the victims are Obamanistas. Perhaps that woman voted for him, perhaps not. As one button I picked up at a convention asks, “I know they get the government they deserve, but why do I have to get the government they deserve?”

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          The fastest growing religion in the United States is some form of feelgoodism. It’s about feeling that one is the nicest, most tolerant individual because one is not “judgmental.”

          My very reliable religious expert was just telling me about how many of his friends have all but abandoned Christianity and have joined (or morphed their current churches to) this feelgoodism religion. It’s the one, as Thomas Sowell notes, where no one ever has to be denied anything, no one ever has to make choices, no one ever has to be morally judged as wrong (except, of course, if you do judge things as good or bad).

          This is a sort of childhood utopianism being extended into adulthood. This is not Christianity, although it’s certainly Progressivism or some flavor of Leftism. Funny thing is, most Christians (and I use the word “most” reluctantly…it’s no fun stating this) have abandoned Christ and the very idea of right and wrong. It’s now all about personal fulfillment — aka “narcissism.”

          Let StubbornThings become the most authentic Christian church if need be, for you’re not likely to get steeped in any kind of worthwhile religion if you go to church these days.

          And regarding all this gender malarky, this “non-judgmental” attitude which is designed to circumvent hard choices and, particularly, to show how supposedly “nice” one is, is behind this becoming a chickens-coming-home-to-roost issue. These policies were never about helping people, for if they were, an honest assessment of homosexuality and the various “gender” perversions would be seen objectively — both the good and the bad. And alternatives (such as counseling) would be a standard option. We don’t want people to go to the wrong bathroom. And if some young boy actually does feel like a little girl, he needs counseling, not extra bathroom privileges.

          But making choices such as this instead of indulging every insane and kooky idea is now beyond most adults.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I was just reading an article today that the Presbyterian Church is very close to recognizing homosexual marriage, despite the fact that the Bible they claim to rely on clearly says otherwise. It’s a perfect example of the tolerance of sexual deviance being the highest moral goal. (There was an article on homosexual marriage at reason.com today, and I got into quite a colloquy on the dangers. Some bloggers agreed with me, but others can’t bring themselves to see any problem in homofascism.)

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Absolution from politically correct crimes, rather than absolution from sin, is paramount in the minds of this new crop of Christians.

              Yes, one should temper one’s judgment with wisdom. Love the sinner, hate the sin and all that sort of stuff. But not everything can and should be allowed. (I just heard some libertarians gasping.)

              From time to time I look in on Reason.com to see what the libertarians are up to. Mostly I’m past that stage of being naive as a matter of habit or uber-intellectual as a matter of course. In one of the essays of “Uncommon Dissent,” James Barham writes, explaining why he abandoned Darwinism (both as a science and a metaphysics):

              Second, as one grows older, the reality principle gains the upper hand over the idealism of youth. Metaphysical Darwinism is a totalizing philosophical system—a kind of intellectual utopianism—and like any radical the Darwinist is in love with an abstraction.

              StubbornThings is not about being in love with an abstraction. This describes libertarians as well as Darwinists. They are in love with their doctrine which means they are in love with their own minds. That’s quite different from, say, having a profound respect for George Washington and the wisdom of the Founders. In such cases, we have to set aside our ignorance and petty egos to take in something wiser. It’s not about (or shouldn’t be about) an echo-chamber of self-love.

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