- Victor Davis Hanson packs so much bright wisdom into these three pages of interweb text, it almost makes you want to look away.
- Obama may be ready to bail out his friends in the media, possibly by turning them into demi-churches — tax-exempt organizations with unique constitutional protection. Of course, that won’t make the press any more sycophantic…. One wonders if he’ll be as even-handed in his offer of federal tax largesse as he is in sharing his time on Sunday mornings.
- My local failing paper tells us that cursive is slowly making its exit. As one who has scribbled into my share of bluebooks, a move to typed tests and essays doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. But it raises this question: why is a society that is so focused radically reducing carbon footprint simultaneously creating a living environment that requires more and more energy to operate? And why aren’t we teaching our kids that sometimes writing out your shopping list instead of saving it on your iPhone is a good idea for all kinds of reasons (including environmental ones)?
- Michael Barone — who is, for me, one of the three must-read writers working today — eviscerates liberals who are attempting to shout down their opponents. Eviscerates them with polite precision, of course. He touches on a very salient point. Liberals are more prone to consider dissent out of bounds, because the places they develop their ideas (universities, unions, think tanks, activist groups, the mainstream media) are echo chambers with carefully-crafted methods of squelching dissent. Upon encountering strength on the right, a liberal is far less likely to know what to do with it, and more likely to assume that some rule has been broken or moral breached. Conservatives, on the other hand, cut their ideological teeth in very different environments. Some pass through those same liberal institutions, but form their arguments in opposition to, or despite, the predetermined liberal view, thus making them well acquainted with tilted playing fields and harsh debates. Others come to conservatism through exposure to the marketplace, the free-wheeling amphitheatre of ideas that has no tolerance for failure and obliterates arbitrary obstacles to truth. Finally, some arrive at their conservatism through faith, which teaches many of us to respect others and their views while believing that their side is right. But because religious conservatives (and I am one of them) have a much stronger tendency toward insularity and greater confidence in their rectitude, they are also less skilled at countering the opposition and more prone to rule it out of bounds.
On the Marque, 9/21/09
September 21, 2009 by Ryan