May 29, 2021

The Evil Left

This from Michael Smith:

The Passion of Winston Smith.

Tucker Carlson is devoting his entire show tonight on the "war on science”, focusing on how our scientific community is divorcing itself from facts and data and attaching itself to fads, social pressure, and ideology.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot – because you need to understand a problem factually before you can even begin to solve it – and when I think about how creative people are in constructing elaborate ruses to support what they want to believe (actually they aren’t "supporting” anything, they are pasting over their wrongness with a tissue paper thin layer of veneer), it occurs to me that these people must have some degree of intellect and creativity to create those ruses.

I do not want to be right about this because, if I am, it leads to a damning endpoint. People who build their camouflaged duck blinds to hide from reality are smart enough to know they are wrong and simply choose to deny what their own intellect is telling them. That proposition leads to one irrevocable conclusion, those people are evil.

That is a hard thing to say about our fellow Americans. At least it is for a thinking person who wants to believe the best about people but even the reaction to people like me and others who refuse to start with ideology and work backwards to define reality confirms it. This willingness to justify anything and everything, even the most irrational, more or less proves the evil thesis because those folks have absolutely no compunction about calling us evil.

There is no denying the ideology they are protecting is collectivist in nature. It runs the gamut from socialism to communism, but that seems a distinction without a difference.

I have always classified science by dividing the population of science into two categories: reactive sciences seek to explain events and proactive science, taking what is learned from the reactive sciences and building something new. An oversimplificat ion to be sure, but for the general purposes of discussion, these seem adequate.

It is not just "science” under fire, it is the very basis for science, the same basis upon which our republic was founded – the truth of natural law. Everything about science is an attempt to theorize about and explain the characteristics of nature.

I recall what F.A. Hayek wrote about the real victim of collective systems:

"A further point should be made here: Collectivism means the end of truth. To make a totalitarian system function efficiently, it is not enough that everybody should be forced to work for the ends selected by those in control; it is essential that the people should come to regard these ends as their own. This is brought about by propaganda and by complete control of all sources of information.

The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those they have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before. And the most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning. Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as this complete perversion of language.”

Thinking people can see Hayek’s prescription at work in the defenses of the COVID-19 failures and those "scientists” and "doctors” who promulgated and promoted the lies of the past year and a half. When you carefully consider why careers, incomes and reputations were destroyed by the media, by academicians, by Democrat officials and operatives, and their allies in the various tribes of the Woke, Hayek’s truth is unquestionably confirmed.

Why would people do this? Why would they abandon self-evident truth for self-evident falsehood? For what purpose would they promote untruth over truth, claiming that 2+2=5 and torturing anyone who refused to BELIEVE?

It seems clear, for whatever the reason or motivation, they were defending something they wanted and desired to be true and did so at the cost of the lives (and livelihoods) of others.

It was not good enough to simply mouth the words, you must BELIEVE that 2+2=5.

In Orwell’s 1984, O’Brien tortures Winston to convince him to believe that truth is subjective: it is whatever the Party tells him it is. At first Winston says what O’Brien wants him to say, but O’Brien tells him saying the words are not enough, the torture will continue until Winston BELIEVES it.

In the beginning, it is sheer brutal physical torture, incessant blows all over, that reduces Winston to a cowering animal that will confess to anything and everything, implicating everybody if only the pain would stop.

But in the end, it was not that physical torture that made Winston believe in the ideology. It was the breaking of his spirit, values and principles that drove him to the point of acceptance. He was made to betray and sacrifice Julia, whom he loved, for his own sake. By breaking Winston’s core values, no refuge remained for him other than the acceptance of the party's ideology in place of his own.

If you have deduced, as I have, that the left is not stupid and it is not about them believing in unreality, it is about them holding out long enough to break our spirit, crush our values and smash our principles in the same manner O’Brien broke Winston.

And in that, we find both the reason and the motivation - and the concomitant evil - of the contemporary American left.

Over the past 18 months or so, Americans have lived through "1984”, "Animal Farm”, "The Road to Serfdom” and "Atlas Shrugged”.

It is not like we were not warned.

I replied:

he nihilistic philosopher Nietzche didn't believe in Natural Law or the concrete nature of reality, and his is the dominant philosophy of the day.

Nietzsche is not easily boiled down to basic quotes. I had to look up some of the references. Here are a few quotes that show where he was coming from: In The Gay Science Nietzsche says: "To make it possible for this discipline to begin, must there not be some prior conviction– even one that is so commanding and unconditional that it sacrifices all other convictons to itself? We see that science also rests on a faith. The question whether truth is needed must not only have been affirmed in advance, but affirmed to such a degree that the principle, the faith, the conviction finds expression: "Nothing is needed more than truth.” [...] "Itis still a metaphysical faithupon which our faith in science rests – even we seekers after knowledge today, we godless anti-metaphysic
iansstill take our fire from the flame that was lit by a faith thousands of years old, that Christian faith which was also the faith of Plato, that God is the truth, that truth is divine But what if this shouldbecome more and more incredible, if nothing should prove to be divine anymore unless it were error, blindness, the lie – if God himself were to prove to be our most enduring lie?" And in the Geneology of Morals he says: GM III Sec 24 Science itself henceforth requires justification (which is not to say there is any such justification). Consider on this question both the earliest and most recent philosophers: they are all oblivious of how much the will to truth itself first requires justification; here there is a lacuna in every philosophy – how did this come about? Because the ascetic ideal has hitherto dominated all philosophy, because the truth was posited as being, as God, as the highest court of appeal – because truth was notpermitted to be a problem at all. Is this "permitted” understood? – From the moment faith in the God of the ascetic ideal is denied, a new problem arises: that of the value of truth. The will to truth requires a critique – let us thus define our own task – the value of truth must for once be experimentally called into question. GM III 23 They tell me it is not lacking, it has not merely waged a long and successful fight against this ideal, it has already conquered this ideal in all important respects: all of modern science is supposed to bear witness to that – modern science which, as a genuine philosophy of reality, clearly believes in itself alone, clearly possesses the courage for itself and the will to itself, and has up to now survived well enough without God, the beyond, and the virtues of denial. Such noisy agitators’ chatter, however, does not impress me…..the abyss of the scientific conscience does not speak through them – for today the scientific conscience is an abyss – the word "science” in the mouths of such trumpeters is simply an indecency and a piece of impudence. The truth is the opposite of what is asserted here: science today has no belief in itself, let alone an ideal above it – and where it still inspires passion,love, ardor, and suffering at all, it is not the opposite of the ascetic ideal but rather the latest and noblest form of it. [...] ..But that one works rigorously in the sciences and that there are contented workersdoes not prove that science as a whole possesses a goal, a will, an ideal, or the passion of a great faith. The opposite is the case, to repeat: where it is not the latest expression of the ascetic ideal – and the exceptions [those who truly do find a self-justifying creative ideal in science itself] are too rare, noble, and atypical to refute the general proposition – science today is a hiding place for every kind of discontent, disbelief, gnawing worm, bad conscience – it is the unrestof the lack of ideals, the suffering from the lack of any great love, the discontent in the face of involuntary contentment. Oh, what does science not conceal today? How much, at any rate, is it meant to conceal! The proficiency of our finest scholars, their heedless industry, their heads smoking day and night, their very craftsmanship – how often the real meaning of all this lies in the desire to keep something hidden from oneself! Science as a means of self-narcosis: do you have experience of that? …sufferers who refuse to admit to themselves what they are, drugged and heedless men who fear only one thing: regaining consciousness. [...] Since Copernicus, man seems to have gotten himself onto an inclined plane – now he is slipping faster and faster away from the center into – what? Into nothingness? Into a penetrating sense of his nothingness? Very well! Hasn’t this been the straightest route to – the old ideal? GMIII 25 (geneology of morals) With all these conceptions the steady and laborious process of science, which will one day celebrate its greatest triumph with a history of the genesis of thought, will in the end decisively have done; for the outcome of this history may well be the conclusion: That whichwenowcall the world is the outcome of a host of errors and fantasies which have gradually arisen andgrown entwined with one another in the course of the overall evolution of the organic being, and are now inherited by us as the accumulated treasure of the entire past – as treasure, for the value of our humanity depends upon it. Rigorous science is capable of detaching us from this ideational world only to a limited extent – and more is certainly not to be desired – as it is incapable of making any essential inroad into the power of habits of feeling acquired in primeval times: but it can, gradually and step by step, illuminate the history of the genesis of this world as idea – and, for brief periods at any rate, lift us up out of the entire proceeding. Perhaps we shall then realize that the ding an sich [thing in itself] is worthy of Homeric laughter: that it appeared to be so much, indeed everything, and is actually empty, that is to say empty of significance. [HH 16] From Beyond Good and Evil: It is perhaps just dawning on five or six minds that physics, too, is only an interpretation and exegesis of the world (to suit us, if I may say so!) and not a world-explanati on.

End quotes.

Ultimately what so many people do is take truths as coming from their point of view. (This modern notion was seen in the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi where the dead Obi Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker truths are dependent on our point of view.)

This is at odds with our Judeo-Christian beliefs that God defines reality, not us, and that things are knowable and knowledge is good in and of itself.

Basically, what is happening these days is Man has made himself a god and as god can choose reality as he pleases. This dovetails with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics which says the observer effects the events he observes so to those who would exercise their godhead this is a huge boon; it suggests reality is malleable and subject to manipulation.

In the end I agree; we are ultimately waging war against evil. As the Bible says, we fight not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. That is true here; we are fighting a very terrible idea, one embraced by the Left because it suits them and their lusts for power, wealth, vengeance, and even sexual lusts. We ARE fighting evil when we resist the Leftist narrative.

And they are fighting for a cause wholly unworthy, but since they have crowned themselves deities they fight as any jealous god would to demand their right to rule.

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