WND is an absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed publication. Over and over again it proves itself to be an instrument of idiocy, a wretched rag, a deep pool of theocratic throw-up, a sinkhole of stupid, a fountain of feculence — well, you get the picture.
Having said that, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Is green the new red (communism)? This item appears at the woeful website of WorldNetDaily, and it’s by Ellis Washington — a leading light at WND.
Ellis is a man who postures as an intellectual. He may actually believe that he’s an intellectual, but his writing is low-grade stuff, sprinkled with the sort of “idea dropping” that we’ve come to expect from those who try to appear knowledgeable about the work of great thinkers.
To the extent that Ellis ever attempts to say anything that is both original and intelligent, he fails spectacularly. Perhaps the best example is one we wrote about here, Scripture Trumps Darwin, when he informed us of “the syllogism that was a foundation of Western civilization”:
If A = B, then A + B = C.
What do you make of that founding syllogism of our civilization? To us, the premise “A = B” leads only to the conclusion that “A + B = 2A.” Nothing more. Which can be reduced to 1 + 1 = 2, and what do we make of that? Ellis uses it to claim that “A + B = C.” What’s “C” supposed to mean? Who knows? He’s not talking about lightspeed. But Ellis fancies himself an intellectual; and he may indeed be the brightest bulb at WND.
Okay, now we know who Ellis is, and we know what WND is. The stage is set for some excerpts from Ellis’s latest article. The bold font was added by us:
Ten days ago, Harold Lewis, Ph.D., emeritus professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, tendered his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr., Princeton University, president of the American Physical Society, because Dr. Lewis finally realized that he could no longer support what he called the “successful pseudo-scientific fraud” of global warming.
Why do we care? Let’s read on:
Remember, to the Democratic Party and RINO Republicans, truth doesn’t matter, because to them truth is relative. All that matters to liberals and progressives is Nietzsche’s “Will to Power” and control over the people. Like the Islamic doctrine Taqiyya, which sanctions deceit to further Islam, to progressives the end justifies the means; therefore, lying, stealing, killing and perverting the Constitution and science is acceptable to utopian socialists as long as they “change the world.”
Okay, lefties lie. We know that. It’s so obvious that even Ellis knows it. We also know of a few on the right who lie. But what does this have to do with the subject matter of your Curmudgeon’s humble blog? Let’s see where Ellis goes with this:
Progressives are very resilient, so when Soviet communism finally collapsed after 70 years of world wide tyranny, progressives and liberal Democrats pushed the existential [sic] green movement to the forefront, which was in reality the same old exhausted red communism in a new disguise. Green is now the new red (communism).
We’ve often said that we don’t trust the motives of those who are constantly seeking power based on government “solutions” to the latest “crisis.” To that extent Ellis is correct, but his brush is far too broad.
Okay now, brace yourself — here comes a big, juicy excerpt. See if you can spot the stupid. To assist you in this challenging endeavor, we’ll highlight a couple of items:
Liberalism isn’t new. It’s been called by different names over time. Note some of the sophistic ideas liberal Democrats and progressives have used to control and denigrate society over the past 250 years:
* The Age of Enlightenment (humanism, atheism, skepticism)
* Karl Marx (socialism, communism)
* Charles Darwin (evolution, eugenics, separation of Christianity and science)
* Jeremy Bentham, John Austin (advent of positive law, end of natural law)
* Sigmund Freud, Alfred Kinsey, Benjamin Spock (sexual promiscuity, family deconstruction)
* Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Obama (welfare state)
* Walter Lippmann, Herbert Crowley, John Dewey, H.G. Wells, Margaret Sanger, George Bernard Shaw (education propaganda, progressivism, moral relativism)
* Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao (state socialism, totalitarianism)
* Rachel Carson (“Silent Spring” ), Ira Einhorn, Al Gore, Van Jones (“Green New Deal”)
That’s what we wanted to bring to your attention. Observe Ellis’ complete miscomprehension of the Enlightenment — which is unquestionably the best thing to happen to our civilization since emerging from the Dark Ages (it’s even better than A+B=C). With that, and his catastrophic misunderstanding of Darwin’s work, you can see again the quality of Ellis’ intellect. (We were impressed, however, by his use of the word “existential” — at least he spelled it correctly)
Except in the case of politicians, we always refrain from calling people idiots, retards, maniacs, and the like. But Ellis’s little list is a severe test of our gentlemanly restraint. Nevertheless, we’ll behave ourselves.
The rest of Ellis’ rant — about leftists in the Green Movement — has some validity. But that’s not because all greenies are lefties. Rather, it’s because there are leftists who seek to exploit every movement that offers them the possibility of attaining power. They can easily be spotted by the solutions they propose — they’re the ones who want to control things.
What Ellis fails to grasp is that the political motivation of a dedicated cadre of stealth leftists within a movement has no bearing on the underlying value of the movement’s non-political message, or the science that may be involved. Those must stand or fall on their own merits, not on the way they may be misused.
Hey Ellis, if lefties in a movement “prove” the worthlessness of the movement’s basic message, then ponder this: There are well-known leftist clergymen within Christianity. Whatcha gonna do about that, Ellis — rant about how religion is a commie plot? Why not? After all, A+B=C.
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