Dumbing debate down on the Mohammed cartoon contest and Jade Helm 15

Dumb and dumber.

Pamela-GellerThe ticket price for joining the mainstream debates on many topics these days seems to be ritual ad hominem attacks.  Besides being unhelpful, this is evidence of profound societal illness.

The phenomenon isn’t confined to the left.  We see it more and more frequently from the right-that-ought-to-know-better – or, perhaps, the right-that-ought-to-have-more-backbone.  I wrote about one major instance of it last year during the crisis at the Bundy ranch, when conservative pundits whom we have counted on to bring logic and intellectual courage to public issues suffered “CLIF”:  complete loss of intellectual function.  They went from being able to talk about things like government limits and property rights to being unable to do anything except rail against Cliven Bundy. Continue reading “Dumbing debate down on the Mohammed cartoon contest and Jade Helm 15”

Glenn Beck, History, and Why Tolstoy Was Wrong

Spooky dudes are all alike.

It’s one of the most memorable lines in fiction, but it’s inaccurate. Leo Tolstoy opened his novel Anna Karenina with this proclamation:

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

The implication here, that there is an interesting variety in unhappiness, is one of the human race’s most profoundly erroneous beliefs. Unhappiness takes only a very few forms, and they recur with unvarying consistency in every generation.  Happiness, even in family life, is much more varied, eye-opening, and worthy of interest.

The same can be said of chronic unhappiness in people’s political and social views.  There are no new or interesting reasons for being angry, indignant, or resentful about the status quo or the iniquities of others. Continue reading “Glenn Beck, History, and Why Tolstoy Was Wrong”