Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Off the deep end

OK, going to jump off the deep end here. Everybody stand back. Don't get splashed.

Referring to the quote by a Bush staffer about "the reality based community" in a recent NYT article.

This reflects the current level of decadence and schizophrenic fantasy architecture of the neo-conservative mind. (No compliment intended for the leftist mind. Decadent as well. But one brickbat at a time.) With Ayn Rand as their patron saint, conservatives have always had a bias for hard facts, reality and objectivity.

This reflects the influence of (SPLASH!) Nietzsche, Heidegger and Schopenhauer, not to mention the New Thought Movement and certain distortions of Christianity. The basic idea -- reality isn't something "out there." There's no there there. You create reality with your mind. The world is will and idea. The side with the strongest will (or "faith") wins -- and imposes its vision of reality.

With this in mind, there's no possible basis for rational discussion with someone who disagrees with you.

By way of example? Fox News and WMNF don't simply seem to have disagreeing viewpoints. It's as if they're broadcast from different parallel universes -- Neo-Con Earth and Leftist Earth -- two self-consistent realities with their own sets of metaphysical assumptions.

This explains why.

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