Monday, March 10, 2008

Voice of God

by Capt. Fogg

The Goofy Blog isn't so goofy, but then the Values Voter Vermin it exposes really are, unless you think the term is a bit mild for the most wretchedly evil minded and hypocritical parasites that infest our great nation today. Tune in and listen to the Oklahoma State Representative tell us that the "word of God" says good people are bad people when they're gay and hear the representative of a 2000 year old indoctrination machine accuse our school system of being here only to indoctrinate students with such unchristian values as tolerance, kindness and love of our fellow humans.

I learned a new word today over at the strangely titled Unfrozen Caveman Rhetorician. It's called antanagogy. An antanagog turns an argument back on an attacker, the way Republicans accuse Democrats of spending too much or Satanic American fundamentalist Republican barbarians accuse people of persecution, of dogmatic indoctrination and of using hateful rhetoric. I'm grateful for the useful term, but my opinion of the Christianist, self-worshipping, hate filled enemies of freedom, justice and decency centers more around the hopelessness of the human condition as long as such people survive. The end of America, the end of civilization, the end of liberty will not come with flood or fire; not with a bang or whimper, but with a whining nasal voice praising God.

Cross posted from Human Voices


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Blogger Swampcracker said...

Eristische Dialektik ist die Kunst zu disputieren, und zwar so zu disputieren, daß man Recht behält, also "per fas et nefas" [mit Recht wie mit Unrecht] ... Sie reden ehe sie gedacht haben und wenn sie auch hinterher merken, daß ihre Behauptung falsch ist und sie Unrecht haben; so soll es doch scheinen als wäre es umgekehrt. Das Interesse für die Wahrheit ... weicht jetzt ganz dem Interesse der Eitelkeit: wahr soll falsch und falsch wahr erscheinen.

2:10:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Oops, here is the Schopenhauer link.

2:28:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"wahr soll falsch und falsch wahr erscheinen."

Ich habe es für Schopenhauer schon wieder erkennt. Mann vergisst leider nicht bald das Geruch alte Bücher und unendliche Verwirrung meiner Studentenjahren.

"Juristerei und Medizin und leider auch Theologie durchaus studiert mit heißem Bemühn. Da steh’ ich nun, ich armer Tor! und bin so klug als wie zufor...."

Das die Wahrheit als Ketzerei verkauft ist; das die Frage Gut und Böse nur aus alten Bücher abgereißt solle, ist meiner Meinung nach, nicht reiner Dialektik, sondern Religion, sondern das Opium des Volkes, sondern Unsinn.

3:23:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Allow me to throw another axe at the linguistic woodpile. Since the rise of the Bush/Rove conspiracy, have you noticed the unprecedented use of Freudian defense mechanisms as propaganda ploys? A few examples:

Denial – a failure to recognize an obvious consequence and change course accordingly, such as a refusal to replace an incompetent secretary of defense, a corrupt attorney general, and a World Bank chairman accused of conflict-of-interest; a refusal to acknowledge a mismanaged war in Iraq;

Dissociation – a convenient amnesia or compartmentalization that fails to recognize when one action contradicts another, such as the politician who claims to be honest and law-abiding but violates laws, treaties, and the Constitution itself, while advancing oppressive and illegal policies in the name of “Freedom and Democracy;”

Projective Identification - attributing one’s own bad behavior to another, as in calling your opponent a “tax and spend liberal” while presiding over the largest bureaucratic and budget expansion in history, yet rewarding cronies with outrageous favors and no-bid contracts;

Splitting – an inability to see the world in subtle shades of grey but only in terms of “all black or all white,” as in “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists;”

Symbolization – invoking something positive to suppress something negative, as in defending a pre-emptive war with claims of “defending freedom and democracy” because all other arguments have proved false like claims about WMDs that never existed and supposed meetings between Saddam and al-Qaeda that never happened;

Conversion – when a former “wet drunk” turns into a “dry drunk” but continues to engage in reckless behaviors without forethought as to consequences.

Despite the above, there are far too many folks who fall sucker to these examples of stinking thinking, and no amount of explication will convince them otherwise. Couch, anyone?

1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Apparent to anyone who has read Freud, but then how many Republicans read anything but Republican propaganda? How many fundamentalists read anything but approved propaganda? Truth doesn't matter. It's all about what side you are on and what side you're on is all about what side you're on. It's tribalism.

Sadly there are enough people who will always believe the rationale of their tribe and I think it really is all tribal.

People are already too stupid to survive, but patriotism, party allegiance and all those other diseases make it worse.

5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

I agree with you, Captain. Tribalism is the only explanation for irrational, often destructive behaviors.

1:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be why Africa is such a Hell-hole -- all those tribes.

2:06:00 PM  

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