January 08, 2006

From The Mouth Of Lileks!

James Lileks writes screeds like no one else writes screeds. His most recent is a scathing attack on the silliness, pomposity and sheer stupidity of progressives. Taking off from Mark Steyn's "It's the Demography Stupid" Lileks pounds the left and progressives into the ground. A sample:

The only thing Western Civ really gave the world was slavery, imperialism, war, and capitalism; the fact that we have eliminated or diminished or abbreviated those sins is due not to anything inherent in Western Civ but some overarching, free-floating Enlightenment unmoored from the cultures that produced it. The world began in 1968, and owes nothing to what came before; if we wish to combat the regrettable enthusiasms of some other cultures whose animus appears religious, we should deconsecrate the cathedrals in order to set an example and light the way. Religion is the enemy to the transnational progressives, because religion holds up laws and codes and rules the wise burghers of Belgium cannot amend.

So you have Swedish clothing designers putting a tag on hot jeans with a skull and an inverted cross, with the express intention of pointing out the “evil” of Christianity. "It is an active statement against Christianity," Bjorn Atldax told The Associated Press. "I'm not a Satanist myself, but I have a great dislike for organized religion."Atldax insists he has a purpose beyond selling denim: to make young people question Christianity, which he called a "force of evil" that had sparked wars throughout history.

It goes without saying that selling anti-Christian iconography to European fashionistas is a brave an act as reducing the food pellet allotment to your pet hamster; a true act of bravery would be yanking the dead wildebeest out of a lion’s mouth.

Now, go read the whole thing!

Posted by GM Roper at January 8, 2006 02:42 AM | TrackBack

At once I am discourage and hopeful. Is it a mental illness?

My God, there are so very many loopy/stupid/ill-informed and/or criminal people on our planet! The good news is (maybe) that we are realizing that fact and more and more people are writing, talking, and (how about this) doing something about it.

I lament how very difficult it is to talk to people who are flat set in believing idiotic stuff. I want them to roll out proof and convince me that I'm wrong, but they will not. Methinks they cannot. They just get mad. If in positions of authority (read colleges and universities), they hound out conservatives and press their half-truths and bold-faced lies on unknowing students. I think that is just flat wrong.

So, GM and readers, what do you think....about all this...especially people in colleges and universities? Note: I read recently that small sprouts of discontent with Radical Liberal "instruction" is surfacing at some of the "better" schools. That makes me grin.

Posted by tad at January 8, 2006 10:45 AM

Ok I got one question. When we all go before our Creator can we give those guys cutsies?

Redneck Granny Rides Again

Posted by Patty at January 8, 2006 12:33 PM

But criticizing Christianity is an act that was actually brave in other times. So they get to dress up like they're being brave.

We might make some money marketing a line of action figures: Atheist Joe, Socialist Joe, Protestor Joe, etc, that they could use to play with their pals.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at January 8, 2006 09:26 PM

AVI writes: "We might make some money marketing a line of action figures: Atheist Joe, Socialist Joe, Protestor Joe, etc, that they could use to play with their pals."

Ahh, but they wouldn't buy them thinking, that "possibly, maybe, perhaps" they were being insulted. They wouldn't know how, but they would hesitate.

Now, we could make a fortune selling to conservatives who would give them to their liberal friends..... hmmmm!!! Does anyone have the phone number for the Copywrite Office?

Posted by GM Roper at January 8, 2006 10:58 PM

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