Friday, March 09, 2012
The 101st Chairborne Fights On
Most people ignore the results of 20th Century Philosophy. This is a pretty good policy, since the major accomplishment of Philosophy was to prove that it's impossible to learn anything useful from philosophy.
But along the way to this clear truth, epistemology spit out a bunch of stuff about truth as observation, universal subjectivity, and uncertainty. Wonderful stuff, if you happen to be in the business of denying reality for fun and profit.
Which is how history became a battleground. Ronaldus Magnus, in late life a semi-senile nonentity snoozing in the Oval Office while his regents robbed the country blind, is recast as the Great Hero. Our blazingly illegal sack of Iraq is still being defended as well. They don't say why we did it, but whatever it is was cool, right?
Which brings us back, of course, to Willard Mitt Romney, Manchurian candidate. That every word that comes from his mouth, including "and" and "the" is a lie, is beyond dispute. Yet he's the Serious candidate.
Shorter Downpuppy: Arrrrrgh!