Sow­ing doubt pre­vents logic


Let’s get be­yond this “heroic pa­triot vs. the so­cial­ist Lud­dite” nar­ra­tive. The most pow­er­ful tool in the dis­senter’s reper­toire is doubt. Once sown, it can be dif­fi­cult to dis­miss. But, as pow­er­ful as it may be, it is as equally in­au­then­tic, and it high­lights ei­ther a lack of imag­i­na­tion or an in­abil­ity (or at least an un­will­ing­ness) to go toe-to­toe in the arena of log­i­cal rea­son­ing.

I think it’s safe to say that a le­git­i­mate fear of an Amer­i­can com­mu­nist state is be­hind us. The ide­ol­ogy of cen­tral­ized so­cial­ism has been weighed, mea­sured and found want­ing. So, in­stead of pred­i­cat­ing a stance on a worn-out ar­gu­ment, come to the ta­ble with some­thing de­fen­si­ble, or stay home.

What’s even more dan­ger­ous than the de­lib­er­ate mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of facts is a skewed per­spec­tive of re­al­ity. Mr. Ly­man may not have driven all the way down Re­cap­ture Canyon, and Mr. Ivory may not have borne arms in­side that Ore­gon wildlife refuge, but their spir­its were alive and well in the hearts and minds of their ide­o­log­i­cal con­stituents.

Josh Bol­ing


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