We were rudely awakened this morning. The sirens were blaring and lights were flashing on the wall display of our Retard-o-tron. In blinking letters it said WorldNetDaily.
Ah yes, WorldNetDaily (WND), the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of our Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
So we hastened to the computer to see what our automated scanners had found. The title of the WND piece is The Ten Commandments of the Antichrist, and it’s by Ellis Washington — a leading light at WND.
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”:
As we’ve said before:
What do you make of that founding syllogism of our civilization? 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 claims that “A + B = C.” What’s “C” supposed to mean? We don’t think he’s talking about carbon, and it probably doesn’t stand for lightspeed. So what is it, and how do we get to it from A = B? Who knows? But Ellis thinks it’s the foundation of our civilization.
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. He starts by quoting Lenin: “If you want to make an omelet, you have to be willing to break a few eggs.” Then he says, with bold font added by us:
In my study of history and philosophy, I have found that whenever one discusses progressivism or the ideas derivative of progressive politics, from Enlightenment Age philosophers whose ideas contributed to today’s progressive revolution – Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Voltaire, Rousseau, Robespierre – to the ideas concurrent with the advent of the progressive revolution in the 1880s – J.S. Mill, Marx, Social Darwinism, natural selection, survival of the fittest, eugenics (invented by Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton) and Nietzsche’s will to power and aristocracy paradigm – the leitmotiv is always the same: For the glory of the revolution, kill the inferior, cultivate the superior.
That’s what the Enlightenment means to Ellis, and to him it includes Machiavelli and Hobbes (who preceded it), and Robespierre — the maniac of the French Revolution. By now, dear reader, you know what your Curmudgeon thinks of the Enlightenment. It’s what this humble blog is all about. As for “progressivism,” we too, like Ellis, are contemptuous of it, but in our opinion the individual who embodies that philosophy is William Jennings Bryan, about whom, in Scopes Trial: Bryan’s Closing Argument, we wrote:
Bryan supported Woodrow Wilson for the presidency in 1912, and he served as Wilson’s Secretary of State. Bryan also championed the income tax, the Prohibition amendment, and debased currency. He was opposed to free enterprise — especially banks and railroads — always favoring increased regulation and government control over the economy. Bryan also supported the 17th Amendment, which changed the process for selecting members of the US Senate from the original method — according to which they were appointed by state legislatures — to our present method of direct election. And Bryan always enjoyed the support of the Klan in his election campaigns. All in all, he was an extremely loathsome character.
Now that’s a progressive! But Ellis, the great WND intellectual, thinks progressivism grew out of the Enlightenment. In a twisted way that’s true, because progressivism is a counter-revolution against the Enlightenment.
Ellis’s essay is horribly misinformed and confused, so we’ll just pluck out one more excerpt for you:
Echoing Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, could the progressive revolution be one giant pivot away from society’s reliance on Christianity, Western civilization and Natural Law, or what Nietzsche called the “slave morality,” toward the “master morality” and Darwin’s brutal survival of the fittest?
We know you’ll want to click over to WND to read all of Ellis’ article. It’s a classic example of why we regard WND, like the Discovery Institute, to be Enemies of the Enlightenment.
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