Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why are Barack Obama’s critics so smart? – Telegraph Blogs

Niles Gardiner deconstructs Andrew Sullivan's News Week piece: the conservatives as dummies frame; which is a variant of the conservatives as psychologically impaired frame.

Why are Barack Obama’s critics so smart? – Telegraph Blogs#

Sullivan's Dx says far more about his lack of horse-sense and intellectual health than about we patients. His a nasty habit that explains much of the last century.

Via C.S. Lewis's God in the Dock.
You must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became so silly. In the course of the last fifteen years I have found this vice so common that I have had to invent a name for it. I call it "Bulverism". Some day I am going to write the biography of its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver, whose destiny was determined at the age of five when he heard his mother say to his father — who had been maintaining that two sides of a triangle were together greater than a third — "Oh you say that because you are a man." "At that moment", E. Bulver assures us, "there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of argument. Assume that your opponent is wrong, and the world will be at your feet. Attempt to prove that he is wrong or (worse still) try to find out whether he is wrong or right, and the national dynamism of our age will thrust you to the wall." That is how Bulver became one of the makers of the Twentieth Century.

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