Ej (napoleonofnerds) wrote,

Mini-Rants: All the vitreol, half the calories

- Being an atheist for no particular reason is not any more rational than being a theist out of blind obedience. That Richard Dawkins rails against the Papacy couldn't possibly be less convincing when he's setting up one of his own, appealing to "science" as devoid of intellectual content as Biblical fundamentalism. I'm really fucking tired of people pretending that nihilism is this self-evident rational principle, that it doesn't ravage the human spirit, decay public morals, quash creativity, and scavenge every tradition and patrimony in civilization for things it can falsely claim to be its own. When you demand empirical proof for everything you eliminate most of what it means to be human; love, hope, beauty, attraction, longing, commitment, despair, delirium, delight, loyalty, outrage, justice, joy, honor, arousal, angst, duty, depression, trust, agony, ecstasy, awe, oratory, contentment, courage, pride, poetry, rage, horror, euphoria, dysphoria, weltzschmerz, friendship, serenity, desire, dreams, grief, guilt, and glory are all entirely without empirical warrant and none are subject to logical proof. Meanwhile, things that science has apparently proven turn out to be hunches and best guesses disguised so as not to alarm the masses.

- I hope whoever supported Barack Obama are happy. You elected that worst kind of demagogue - a rhetorician with ambition but little else. He has no will to lead, no chance of making meaningful change, and as a nation we have literally blocked any person capable of meaningful policy-making from getting to the table at all. The fate of the free world may well depend on whether Olympia Snowe runs for another term while the rest of the mockery of republicanism we call a Congress contemplates their own greatness.

- You cannot bring a budget into balance by cutting all the stuff everybody likes and leaving all the crap we don't need. Have the balls to do things like means test Social Security benefits; collect payroll taxes on all earned income, including a progressive rate increase; declare bonuses indistinct from salary for the purposes of taxation; demand education and social welfare systems that don't systematically trap an ever-larger number of people in poverty at the expense of the state; do military procurement, the domestic energy portfolio, campaign financing, earmark reform, entitlement reform and lobbying reform the way we do the base closing commission - with a magic board that minimizes legislative meddling; meaningfully cut military spending and work on a diplomatic strategy that sees us either getting financial support from the rest of the world for being its police force or a radical reduction in our overseas commitments (if we were isolationists we'd only need forces sufficient to repel Canada and Mexico and ensure nobody can get to us from the sea, but that would not be good for the world); stop signing incredibly silly trade deals and lead the world in transitioning to a fair trade system regardless of how much it dicks over the Chinese; and generally stop being idiots.
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You're such a product of your era, cinch.

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Did I miss some sort of eye-rollingly bad online atheism debate or something? This is what atheist_fail is supposed to keep me abreast of! Bah.
No, that rant was inspired by my life.
You go, boyee.

The conflation of science and reason is particularly bizarre -- as though our only access to truth were by whatever instrumentation we happen to be capable of building that century.

And it does indeed seem as though the some combination of process mechanics (campaign finance requirements, political litmus-testing, etc.) has fully gummed up the works when it comes to elevating talent. I mean Trump and Palin???

Your positions here are so sane that it is almost incomprehensible that they seem not to be part of the present discourse. It's like the only voices are "Don't touch it!" and "Gut it!" And yet so many people who actually know something understand that everything is quite fixable. Part of me thinks this is just a language problem that I could easily fix if I was the sppechwriter for the right sort of candidate. But that sort of candidate would fail either party's litmus tests.
Your first paragraph was simply glorious.
I was having a super-busy, intense week and have been exhausted but I thought of you. The first paragraph is really the only thing I understood and... I agree. LOL. =)
Hey, I haven't seen you much lately, how are you doing? (You're never far from the back of my mind, btw).