WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Friday, August 05, 2011

 

I'm laughing but I should be crying

This is actually very clever: if a theory lacks falsifiability, it is false.
But the comparison between Keynesian economics and global warmism is on target. Both are liberal dogmas disguised, increasingly thinly, as science. Both are supported by circular logic, and thus lack falsifiability, a necessary characteristic of a scientific theory. If the weather gets warmer, that's because of global warming; if it gets colder, that's "climate change" and proves the theory too. Had unemployment stayed below 8%, as the Obama administration promised it would, that would have proved the "stimulus" worked; since it peaked at 10% and has held steady above 9%, that proves the stimulus wasn't big enough. Heads I win, tails you lose.
This is funny. I like making fun of "progressives" although in this case, once you realize we have spent countless trillions since FDR on stupid, laughable theories and our children will have to pay it all back, you feel slightly depressed.

And there is this:
It takes an authoritarian mindset to look at a failed leader and fault the people for failing to follow him. This is not just an ideological authoritarianism, although it does have that element, as evidenced by Weisberg's peremptory dismissal of opposing viewpoints. But he treats Obama not as what he actually is--a human being and a politician--but as a sort of religious figure--a potential savior in 2008, a martyr in 2011.
I know some people -- especially some local professors -- who think like this: it's not our ideas, it's the stupid people who don't get them. But the opposite is true: we get your ideas and we know they are stupid! And Obama is not God so he can't change the laws of nature no matter how hard you wish he would.
And this makes you mad. You have so invested yourself in your failed ideas that you can't admit you are wrong. And when somebody uses arguments you can't discredit, you discredit the person.
Obama refuses to accept personal responsibility, and Cult of Obama die-hards like Weisberg refuse to assign it to him. Too much of their own identity is bound up with their idealized vision of him, so they lash out at those who are not part of the cult. They lash out at you. But try not to take it personally. Anger is depression turned outward.

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