The ethics and economics of Baileyism; John Cleese on stupidity; Alan Bean on pro-torture Christians; James Baldwin on the price we’re still paying for refusing to see; and Bethany Suckrow on “pro-lifers” who bully children into suicide. [Read more…]
There is no spoon. There are no facts. There is no truth. Here’s what it looks like when you trade reality for power.
The Liar Tony Perkins provides yet another illustration of what David Roberts calls “postmodern conservatism,” the ideology that denies “the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” and therefore says that “every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power — loudest, best-funded, most persistent voices win.” [Read more…]
More than a century before Nyhan and Kahan began studying this phenomena, Frederick Douglass had already reached the same conclusion they arrived at. “On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light?” he asked — meaning, in other words, that the problem isn’t a lack of information. Therefore, Douglass concluded, “it is not light that is needed, but fire.” [Read more…]
• “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” (Anatole France, 1894) • Here’s a headline from Christianity Today: “Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities.” Here’s a more accurate headline for that story — and one you will never, ever [Read More…]
Some are born ignorant, some achieve ignorance, and some have ignorance thrust upon them. If achieving ignorance is your chief ambition, then study this hacktacular bit of unreason. Here is the key — the surest path to ensuring that nothing can ever be learned, that no mistake can ever be admitted and therefore no error can ever be corrected, no wrong ever righted, no harm ever ended, no injustice ever overturned. [Read more…]