Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The Signature of the Father of Lies

Weird . . . On A Grand Scale

Douglas Wilson has written a superb piece at the Blog and Mablog site, titled Idiocracy

Our generation is dumber than a sackful of hammers.  The ignorance is self-caused and self-willed.

Wilson gives us three examples of the trope:

The rich and the poor. 

. . . But here is the central chicanery, the legerdemain, the conjuring trick. There is a difference between statistical categories and actual people. There is a stark difference between a statistical underclass and a permanent underclass. A generation ago, a bunch of the student couples below the poverty line—the Smiths, Murphys, Talcotts, and Peabodys—are now in the upper middle class. And some of the people in the upper middle class have drifted downward out of it.

In a society that contains as much upward mobility as ours does (which is to say, a great deal), to compare income disparity between statistical groups a generation ago and statistical groups now, as though we were talking about the same people, is the height of absurdity.

Climate change.

. . . But a weather system has millions of variables, not one, and climate might be understood as a “weather system” of weather systems. How many variables are we talking about? How many inputs into the system? How complicated is the question? Do we even know what we are talking about?

The Transexual Phantasmagorithon

. . .  A dude can have trillions of cells with XY chromosomes in his body, with each one of those cells testifying to the fact that this is fact a dude, and yet, if he applies some bright red XX lipstick to his XY lips, this somehow changes everything.
Read the complete piece.  It is a doozy.

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