Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Now that I'm officially voted...

...the paranoia and unhinging of the lunatic fringe of the right wing is both comical (the stupid socialist cartoons/emails I keep receiving - look people, Obama plans on empowering the less well off through training and jobs, not taking your television and giving it to somebody else. This is the same guy who called out absentee fathers and lectured a largely black audience on their homophobia and the hypocrisy of their intolerance)...

...and tragic:
Obama hung in effigy on Kentucky's campus (where else)

From the "damn, every time I think I have an original thought, I have to go and find this" column:

Andrew Sullivan on Obama wiping away the petty partisanship of the Baby Boom generation.

And lastly, Monbiot on stupid Americans get stupider leederz:

One theme is both familiar and clear: religion - in particular fundamentalist religion - makes you stupid. The US is the only rich country in which Christian fundamentalism is vast and growing.

Jacoby shows that there was once a certain logic to its anti-rationalism. During the first few decades after the publication of The Origin of Species, for instance, Americans had good reason to reject the theory of natural selection and to treat public intellectuals with suspicion. From the beginning, Darwin's theory was mixed up in the US with the brutal philosophy - now known as social Darwinism - of the British writer Herbert Spencer. Spencer's doctrine, promoted in the popular press with the help of funding from Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller and Thomas Edison, suggested that millionaires stood at the top of a scala natura established by evolution. By preventing unfit people being weeded out, government intervention weakened the nation. Gross economic inequalities were both justifiable and necessary.

Darwinism, in other words, became indistinguishable from the most bestial form of laissez-faire economics. Many Christians responded with revulsion. It is profoundly ironic that the doctrine rejected a century ago by such prominent fundamentalists as William Jennings Bryan is now central to the economic thinking of the Christian right. Modern fundamentalists reject the science of Darwinian evolution and accept the pseudoscience of social Darwinism.