Wish I’D Said That! (2/1/19)


It’s this:

The notion that conservatives are the dogmatists and progressives are the free-thinkers is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of the intellectual marketing of bullsh**. Conservatives simply acknowledge that we have dogma, that some questions are settled, and that while they can be questioned or revisited, the amount of new evidence required to overturn them should be monumental and decisive, not faddish and rationalized in the emotions of the moment.

Yep.

That paragraph is by the great Jonah Goldberg, and it’s in this larger essay: The Definition of Dogma. It’s Goldberg’s weekly National Review Online “news”letter (as he calls it) in the form of a weekly commentary piece. Jonah Goldberg — like Mark Steyn and Ann Coulter — is a master of the well-turned bon mot.

The whole thing is well worth the read, but that paragraph stood out for me. I’d been searching for a way to say, well, to say exactly that.

— xPraetorius

 

Please Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s