Insane Ideology vs. Tolkien

Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky try to grasp The Lord of the Rings.  Train wreck results: Zinn: I’m much more suspicious of Frodo than you are. I’ve always viewed him as one of the most malevolent actors in this drama, precisely because of how he abets people like Gandalf. He uses a fake name, Mr. [Read More…]

Ardent Neocon Preaches More War

If we don’t attack Syria, it will make it harder to attack Iran!  War!  More War!  Ever War! It’s amazing how much these guys sound like Commies with their commitment to exportation of The Revolution at gunpoint, no matter how stupid and counter-productive.  Sure the war ideology doesn’t work in reality. But it does work [Read More…]

The Problem with Ideology…

…is that when it is faced with a choice between believing a theory or its own two eyes, it goes with the theory.  In this case, the obvious witness of one’s own two eyes is that Pope Francis is a humble man.  But according to this Protestant ideologue, “By definition and by Catholic dogma, Francis [Read More…]

Truth Cancer and the Redemption of Rebellion

Long ago, I wrote a piece about the weird way that heresies tend to morph into their opposites over time, liberation movements turn into despotisms, feminism turns into a race to eradicate the feminine, communist movements to liberate the oppressed classes turn into forced famines to exterminate them, pro-choice movements back compulsory abortion–and most recently, [Read More…]

Ideologues see diagrams, not human beings

Kevin O’Brien writes: On a recent blog post, I said, “The economy was made for man, not man for the economy.” Reader Manny replied, “The economy is not made for man … If you find it flawed, then fix mankind.” Virtually every monstrous evil inflicted on the human race in the past century was committed [Read More…]

Vatican Welcomes Obama’s Modest Step Re: Guns

says various common sense things like “it’s a step in the right direction”.  Conservative Catholic heads explode.  I wonder if there will be any “Hitler’s Pope” rhetoric trotted out from the Protestant or libertarian sectors of the gun lobby?  I wonder how Catholics will respond if there is? No.  Rome’s remarks are not dogmatic.  The [Read More…]

Christian Party Chick Blathers Heretical Rubbish

Only, funny thing, this sort of lie and falsehood will never be trapped and exposed by the vigilant Inquisitors of the Church Militant who currently dominate discourse in the blogosphere: “God said rape the planet – it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones [Read More…]

The Invaluable Zippy Observes:

“Prudential judgement is to right-liberals what primacy of conscience is to left-liberals.” Very true. The Thing That Used to be Conservatism spends endless oceans of electrons making itself stupid pretending it is impossible to know what torture is or whether it is evil while the Thing that Used to be Liberalism does exactly the same thing [Read More…]