OUR last post about this persistent creationist was Klinghoffer Disgorges a Creationist Gusher. For those who don’t know who Klinghoffer is, here’s some background information, which most of you can skip:
David Klinghoffer, is a “Senior Fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist) among the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). David has his own blog, where his posts often duplicate what he says at the Discoveroids’ blog, or which are often praised by his comrades at the Discoveroid blog.
He has written a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and the Occult, and most recently The Dark Side of Darwinism.
What has this Discoveroid creature done now? He’s complaining about the political party that he and his creationist pals have been doing their best to destroy. In the Los Angeles Times we read From neocons to crazy-cons.
We’re fairly certain that Klinghoffer doesn’t regard himself and his fellow creationists as among the “crazy-cons.” Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Once the conservative movement was about finding meaning in private life and public service. But it has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism.
We stumble at the threshold. Conservatism was about “finding meaning”? Really? We always thought it was about defending the country and keeping government limited to its constitutional role, so that individuals could be free to conduct their peaceful and productive lives. “Finding meaning” is for gurus; it’s not the business of government or political movements. Let’s read on:
Conservatism wasn’t just a policy agenda, a set of partisan gripes or a football team seeking victory on the electoral field. Above all, it was a satisfying, sophisticated critique of modern, materialist culture, pointing a way out and up from liberalism.
What? We’re told that conservatism was “a satisfying, sophisticated critique of modern, materialist culture.” That sounds like Buddhism or some kind of mysticism. We continue:
Defining conservatism is notoriously difficult. But no one did it better than philosopher Richard M. Weaver in a book that, more than any other, launched the modern conservative movement. Published in 1948, the book was “Ideas Have Consequences.”
Weaver? Not Friedrich A. Hayek or Milton Friedman? Not Barry Goldwater? Not even Ayn Rand? Well, Rand’s debatable. All of them influenced our own conservatism, as did the great Enlightenment thinkers, but Klinghoffer doesn’t mention them. Here’s more:
Weaver describes the course of the revolution in thought that led from a seemingly obscure philosophical debate in the Middle Ages through Darwinian evolutionary theory to class-based determinist theories in economics and onward to contemporary liberal relativism.
That’s Klinghoffer! Now we’re told that the conservative movement — in its good old days — was a counter-revolution against the theory of evolution. It’s amazing what one can learn by reading Klinghoffer. Moving along:
Weaver observed: “If we feel that creation does not express purpose, it is impossible to find an authorization for purpose in our lives.” A life without real purpose is likely to be anxious, restless, prone to bitterness and suspicion. The goal of conservatism was to restore to men and women a metaphysical dream that allows for ultimate meaning in our existence.
This keeps getting better. It’s creationism that gives purpose to our lives!
There’s more in Klinghoffer’s article, but it’s more of the same. Click over the the L.A. Times to read it all — if you’re a Klinghoffer fan. We’ll skip a lot and give you the final paragraph:
When I became a conservative, that is what I signed up for: a profound vision granting transcendent significance to public life and hope in private life. The goal wasn’t to defeat Democratic officeholders or humiliate left-wing activists. It was, and still is, with those who remember, to save civilization.
So there you have it — in Klinghoffer’s Discoveroid brain, his kind of conservatism — creationism — is going to save civilization. Frankly, dear reader, your Curmudgeon has never encountered anyone with whom we disagree more.
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