Postcards from the class & culture wars (2.21.17)

“I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” [Read more…]

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‘Under a spell’: Bonhoeffer on folly

“It is a moral rather than an intellectual defect. … Folly can be overcome, not by instruction, but only by an act of liberation; and so we have come to terms with the fact that in the great majority of cases inward liberation must be preceded by outward liberation, and that until that has taken place, we may as well abandon all attempts to convince the fool.” [Read more…]

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But you can’t expect to be bright and bon vivant

The most important (and interesting) thing about outrageous fake news and ridiculous lies from politicians isn’t why the speakers say such things. It’s why their audiences want and choose and wish those things were true. Also: Economic anxiety in the heartland; a fake Baptist doesn’t understand religious freedom; and making things uncomfortable for complacent senators. [Read more…]

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The culture wars and the class war have merged

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more…]

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Jumping away from conclusions is a Bad Thing

It’s all inscrutable and unknowable and mysterious, they say. You cannot read minds or look into the hearts of others to see their intent. So you can never prove they’re cheating. Now pay up, because their six aces beats your two pair. [Read more…]

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‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’

Beware of anyone who wants to eliminate all arbiters of law, legitimacy, and truth. Beware of anyone who dismisses law, or fact-checking, or academics, or science, or data. If they see those arbiters as a threat, then they likely see truth and reality as an obstacle. They’re probably trying to lead you somewhere unreal. [Read more…]

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You have to keep an eye on the thing you’re refusing to look at

A T-shirt reading “Sandusky is innocent” is not a claim that those wearing it have access to some body of evidence unknown to the courts and the public and Sandusky’s own attorneys. The claim has nothing to do with evidence or with logic. It’s based on desire. This is what they want to be true, and so this is what they choose to believe “truth” means. [Read more…]

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What ‘SJW’ really means

This “SJW” business doesn’t involve an argument contrasting opposing views of the nature and meaning of social justice. It doesn’t involve some ideological dispute between competing visions of the proper role of the state, or of law, or markets, civil society, neighborliness, etc. It’s a wholesale rejection of the idea that social justice — in any form — is worthwhile. [Read more…]

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