Tag Archives: Logic

Understandable Derangement, by Eric Peters

It’s all about power and control, and facts, fairness, and logic are completely irrelevant in that formulation. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Today – Monday – may be the day the Orange Man is dragged feet first out of the White House. Even if not, the day is coming when his die-hard supporters will have to deal with the hangover of the delusion that by some deux ex machina – or “kraken” – the Orange Man’s fortunes are going to be reversed at the very last minute, just wait and see. Generals with no commands are saying so!

Cling tight to the fantasy because the actuality is just too much to bear.

Here is the bitter pill that must be swallowed:

Facts are irrelevant now. It does not matter that the election probably was stolen any more than it matters that a “mask” isn’t stopping the spread of anything (except sanity). A medieval mentality is rising from the shattered remains of the Enlightenment. A new Dark Age is descending, defined by irrationality rabidized, as it was 500 years ago. If you listen, you can already hear the cry . . .

Burn the witch!

Just sub in “Trumper” – or conservative or for that matter anyone who questions anything the new priest class says the faith requires. People worry about the Second Amendment when the First is already on the rack, its tendons snapping, bones dislocating. How will the Second fare when its turn comes?

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Our Work, by Allan Stevo

There will always be a remnant who keep logic and individualism alive. From Allan Stevo at lewrockwell.com:

There is something sick about the first person who said “Humans just don’t follow orders very well. I wish I had a creature that would follow my orders perfectly. How do I train such a creature?”

In time, another person realized no such creature exists.

Many share this want. Some seek to help empower the individual. All too often, in this want, is the dismissal of a human’s individuality.

Great effort has gone into denying the human his individuality. Correspondingly, great effort has gone into making him, as much as possible, into a well-behaved and predictable input and output mechanism:

Behavioral psychology, management, marketing, education are but a few of the fields that put so much effort into this. “How to make man behave less like man, more like animal,” has been the focus of that work.

It is dehumanizing in the truest sense of that word.

But it doesn’t stop there. It goes a step further, for a beast is a biological entity with its own unpredictabilities.

Adherents create a perfect idea: a computer with ultimate intelligence and great power which never questions commands.

That becomes the new ideal to which man is compared, to which man is pushed to be like.

How can man be a predictable and interchangeable commodity?

How can the natural affinity for man to question authority be minimized and then neutralized?

There are those who seek to use computers to empower the individual. They are few in number.

The output of many in the tech world is not coincidental. It is an expression of their values. That output includes their politics. It is rooted in bad philosophy that refuses to recognize reality for what it is and refuses to recognize individuals as such. This is true of so many, from a social-justicey-kool-aid-haired intern at Google up to Bill Gates. This thinking crosses disciplines and reaches far beyond tech, to all corners of professional life.

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Dystopian Societies Derive From Displaced Ethics and Values, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

We are a society with very little logic or morality. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

On April Fool’s Day of this year, I posted an article on how Coronavirus® has hastened the “old collectivism”.  That piece discussed Saul Alinsky’s tactics and how the current COVID hysteria is being manipulated by the Political Left.  My last post discussed how COVID-mania was successfully translated into Marxist hysteria following the death of George Floyd.

Certainly, America is under attack and what we are witnessing today serves as the mere preview for the main attraction that will commence on November 3, 2020 – if not before. The ongoing warfare is, of course, between those upholding the last remaining shreds of the U.S. Constitution against those who desire to raise the rainbow flag of globalism above the New World Order.

Whether history rhymes or repeats, it does so in cycles.  And nothing is new under the sun. Mankind’s desire to unite the world is said by some to have begun six millennia ago on the plains of Shinar, starting at the Tower of Babel.

In recent decades, especially, the birth pains of conflict were combined with the labor-inducing corollary of technological innovation and these have delivered new creations of collective centralization; to wit, the emergence of the League of Nations after World War I and the United Nations after World War II. And, surely, America’s current birth pains are about to deliver another new order.

The State weaponizes education to create ignorance, by Jon Rappoport

Ignorant, indoctrinated kids are easier to control, even when they become adults. From Jon Rapporport at jonrappoport.wordpress.com:

Independent Education: the crisis and the crossroad

A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended on the use of the faculty called Reason.

Formal debate, science, and law all flowed from that source.

A common bond existed in some schools of the day. The student was expected to learn how Reason operates, and for that he was taught the only subject which could lay out, as on a long table, the visible principles: Logic.

This was accepted.

But now, this bond is gone.

The independence engendered by the disciplined study of logic is no longer a desired quality in students.

The classroom, at best, has taken on the appearance of a fact-memorization factory; and we should express grave doubts about the relevance and truth of many of those facts.

A society filled with people who float in the drift of non-logic is a society that declines.

Ideologies that deny individual freedom and independence are welcomed with open arms.

When education becomes so degraded that young students are no longer taught to reason clearly, private citizens have the obligation rebuild that system so the great contribution to Western civilization—logic—is reinstated in its rightful place.

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Cracks In The Wall, by Hardscrabble Farmer

What does the wall separate? Civilization and barbarism? Rationality and irrationality? However you conceive of the wall, it’s crumbling. From Hardscrabble Farmer at theburningplatform.com:

There are cracks in the walls, everywhere.

Those interested in improving the soil look for signs of depletion and correct the deficiency. Those with no interest continue to mistreat the land and the decline and failure manifest themselves. It becomes obvious to anyone, even those with little or no understanding of stewardship. This is a healthy field, this one is barren.

Human beings are easily led to believe things which are illusory- the double yellow line down the middle of the road is akin to a force field protecting you and your loved ones as you hurtle down the highway at 70mph, strangers with black hearts heading toward you at the same speed, inches away-but which are built on nothing more than a mutual agreement based on a common understanding. It is not a protection, it is fiction.

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He Said That? 10/13/15

From Ambrose Bierce, American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist, The Devil’s Dictionary, (1906):

Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basic of logic is the syllogism, consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion – thus:

Major Premise: Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man.
Minor Premise: One man can dig a post-hole in sixty seconds; Therefore-
Conclusion: Sixty men can dig a post-hole in one second.

This may be called syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.