Am I the only one who gets nervous when Germans start marching in parades? I wonder what the Vegas line on their invading Poland is?
Friday, September 14, 2007
"Climate change" is humankind's "fear du jour." I hate to break it to you, but the end of the world has been imminent for centuries. In 234 A.D., the renowned Roman theologian Hippolytus boldly calculated that the world had just 200 years left. From 1012-1014 a series of natural disasters in Germany led many to believe the world was "returning to its original chaos."
By 1850, American pundits were predicting that the country would soon go dark as it ran out of whale oil (instead, in 1859, a railroad conductor struck oil in Pennsylvania). In 1968, Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich predicted, in his bestselling book "The Population Bomb," that "in the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death," that nothing could be done to avoid mass famine greater than any in history, and that radical action was needed to limit overpopulation (instead, without implementing any of Ehrlich's suggestions, world food production grew at an exponentially higher rate than the population).
Freedom of conscience is perhaps the most basic human right. It is the acid test of a civil society. As we speak, Europe is failing the test.
[N]owhere is the arrogance of modernity better manifested than in the universities, where the straightforward words of history’s primary sources are increasingly brushed aside. The implicit understanding is that the writers of the New Testament and Islam’s vast compendium of scriptures were naïve and superstitious simpletons who — unlike their more “objective” modern day counterparts — simply could not critically engage their subjects.
We all want progress. We may disagree whether gay marriage or drug legalization constitutes progress or not. But we all want better things for the world -- better food, better health and well-being, scientific and technical advances, wiser political systems, more peace and freedom, more happy children, more humane treatment of animals, more tolerance, more prosperity for the world, you name it. That's called being a decent person.
So what kind of person has to label himself "Progressive?" Obviously somebody who believes he (or she) understands real progress better than the rest of us.
Our situation today is almost mind boggling in its perversity. A peaceful society — with a peace that came at the expense of millions of dead — that wishes only to be left alone, has had an alien culture undemocratically inflicted upon us and an alien culture that is unrepentantly vociferous in its call for our overthrow.