Great piece by Jonah Goldberg:
Ideas are surprisingly easy to let go of, if pried loose by the right story. Stories, meanwhile, are shockingly difficult to let go of, even if they convey a bad idea. Just try to tell someone who has gotten a raw deal in life that their story is not typical of America. Or, if you prefer, try to tell someone who’s been fortunate at every turn that their story isn’t typical either.
For much of the summer, large numbers of Americans insisted that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was one kind of story. It was a tale of institutional racism in which the police are the villains and young African-American men the innocent victims. This was the storyline many in the media wanted, and it was one they were determined to get. Now, as a grand jury goes about prying fact from fiction, the story is falling apart as a matter of legal reality. But you can be sure the story will live on for decades to come. That’s in no small part because many decent Americans have locked themselves into the belief that the heroic chapter of the civil-rights movement can never end. The story must go on so they can continue to cast themselves as the heroes.
Last week, John Kerry suggested that the rise of the Islamic State was fueled by the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. One could call this an idea, of course, but that would be too generous given its stupidity. But it is perfectly consistent with a certain story people have been telling about Israel for decades. Millions, if not billions, of people are invested in that tale of unique Israeli villainy, and they will not let go of it regardless of the facts…Modern-day environmentalism is full of talk about data and “settled science.” But science is never settled, because science is the craft of unsettling what we know at any given moment. If science could settle, man would never learn to fly or read by electric light. Meanwhile, inconvenient data is left on the cutting-room floor as an ancient story is retold in modern terms.
I understand that the difference between narratives and ideas can be a subtle one. But if you keep the distinction in mind, the arguments tearing apart America become more comprehensible. It is a conflict of visions driven by adherents of two versions of the story of America. And whichever side wins, the victors will determine the story taught to the next generation.
“This participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.” Incredible study over at WaPo on voter fraud/people illegally voting and impacting close elections. Must read.
Ugly and unsettling stuff
Being required to actually try and get a job if you’re going to live off the income of others? A safety net instead of a safety hammock? What a concept!
An Apple designer is designing a shotgun for Beretta and it’s going to be beautiful.
Lol. Why it’s almost as if free speech is in the Constitution and abortion isn’t!
Charles C.W. Cooke in the NYT! The best part of this is the bewildered, uncomprehending reaction of the NYT comments section. Hilarious.
Wow. What an incredible, inspiring young man.
Looks like the voting machines in Maryland have caught the Illinois virus.
Been looking forward to this book for quite some time.
Yay big government!
I will kill myself.
The most Lebanon story that ever Lebanoned.
Over/under on when the Taliban completely takes Helmand back?
Time magazine dares to question the Holy Lefty sacrament that is teacher tenure, is immediately attacked.
Female candidates and the wildly different media narratives depending on their party.
The way to actually bring medical costs down is to let the free market work…but then progressives wouldn’t be able to control people, so it will never happen.
Reverend in Chicago dares to endorse a Republican for governor, gets death threats, his church vandalized.
I wondered who would be the first person to write this dumb piece. Of course it’s Sully. Yes, if we hadn’t water boarded KSM the head choppers would be giving American hostages Swedish massages and brushing their hair or something. And waterboarding AQ’s top guys in an effort to prevent innocent people from dying is the same as ISIS waterboarding innocent journalists for the sheer fun of it. Such a dumb line of argument.
Italy is screwed. Keep going the way you’re going, America and you too, can find out what this is like.
Unbelievable. How we lost touch with our friends in Iraq.
Michael Weiss on the most powerful operative in the Middle East that most people have never heard of.
“Abortions and free pills! That’s all you probably care about! Get on the bus, kiddies!” Just screams “female empowerment,” doesn’t it?
“Your religion promotes illiberal values.”
“SHUT UP OR WE WILL SHUT YOU UP!”
“Hey, maybe this Islam religion has a major problem with violence and other horrors against women and gays and is anti-human rights?”
“Fuck you, Bill!”
Bill Maher has literally made a career out of trashing religion to the tune of hysterical Lefty cheers, but he goes after the Lefty Precious (Islam/”brown people”) (totally legit criticism, too) and they cast him out. Amazing. These people are so fascistic.
Ukrainian military, drained of resources and equipment, has turned to selling fancy cats.
Now we’ll see who really cares about men’s health.
Government is just the name for things we do together, like pay $3.6 million to host the Headless Goatball Super Bowl.
Allegations like this against a Republican administration would result in calls for impeachment. When it’s a Democrat, it’s barely news.
NYTimes ‘elites’ horrified by those icky simpletons in flyover country.
OH HAPPY DAY
Woman walks around NYC for 10 hours, records 2 minutes worth of catcalls. This is supposed to be horrifying? Half of them aren’t really even catcalls.
“In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (read: salaries). Indeed, the magnitude of these payments exceeds the average salary of an American teacher, as well as a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, by at least $10,000 per year.”
A history of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Robert Tracinski on how liberals got so illiberal.
This is how the “liberals” got so illiberal, because there is no hard and fast dividing line between regulating “only” our economic lives and regulating everything else. All aspects of human life find an expression in commerce, so if you regulate that, you regulate everything. Which they are now happily proceeding to do. That’s why it has been such a long time since I’ve encountered a “liberal” who is still liberal in any meaningful sense.