WorldNetDaily: The Essence of Madness

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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”:

If A = B, then A + B = C

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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6 responses to “WorldNetDaily: The Essence of Madness

  1. A gem:

    Geologist Dr. Leuren Moret informed Ventura of the uranium that occurs naturally in bedrock groundwater: “Since uranium is an estrogen and a hormone disrupter, the female population is expanding and the male population is shrinking.” Moret continues, “The plastic that the water’s in, the bottle, has chemicals that change the estrogen and the testosterone. In other words, chemicals in our bodies are related to reproduction. It’s killing our future generations. It’s the unborn baby that is being most affected.”

    Guess who is making all of the plastic bottles for America’s drinking water? Communist China.

    Read more: The Ten Commandments of the Antichrist http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=265265#ixzz1EQWrK5ZW

    Uh huh, uranium, a radioactive atom, is an estrogen, which is a hormone composed of numerous carbon-based rings. That’s about as intelligent as saying that all of the predicted evolutionary effects we see in life and in the fossil record are in fact designed.

    And China doesn’t make the bottles my drinking water comes in, because the tap isn’t a bottle. If anyone thinks there’s a problem with plastic drinking bottles, quit wasting money on bottled water, unless you’re the rare person whose tap water isn’t clean and reasonably pure.

    The guy may have studied history and philosophy (not apparent in his writings, yet it’s possible), it’s about time he studies some science. Oh, and learns how to think.

  2. I rather like those Georgia Guidestones. It’s nice he did us a favor and brought them to our attention. Of course, the rest of his essay is pure gibberish.

  3. My drinking water comes out of my tap. Furthermore, it’s the corporations and the politicians that Washington dotes on, that caused the plastic bottles to be made in China…or anywhere but the US.

    I’d never heard of the Georgia Guidestones before, but I can see why Mr. Washington hates them. I mean, anything that mentions truth and love, must be pure evil.

    As for reading the entire article, I did. Now, I’d like to have someone explain it to me.

  4. I have to say, those guidestones are dang silly, but Washington needs to learn that the world is filled with fools, and most of them are relatively harmless. Washington, on the other hand. . .

    If A = B, then A + B = C give a cute solution if A = zero. In that case, each variable is zero. (That’s still twice A, of course.) I took the opportunity to read the article in which that supposed syllogism occurs, and what I see is that Washington’s arguments are typical of many such fringe folks: I introduced an irrelevant piece of logical blather. Therefore, you’re wrong. I have no idea what point Washington was making by presenting his “syllogism,” but there it is.

    That does make for a kind of interesting Beat poetry, I suppose, but as reasoning, it’s just frustrating.

  5. Couldn’t read passed him including Machiavelli as an Enlightenment philosopher. My head hurts too much now.

  6. Robespierre!!!!

    Told you… inject historical figure A into the creo-nut echo chamber and within a week or so said character will appear in other idiot posts.

    Now we see Machiavelli lobbed into the stew…. cue echos!