« Auster somewhat out of the loop | Main | What's in a name? An Obama by any other name would smell the same. »

January 22, 2011

Auster's Dangerous Notion

The Big Truth
Just as the Big Lie is a lie so outrageous that people can't believe that someone would tell such a lie, and so they believe the lie, the Big Truth is a truth so threatening to both left and right that both left and right reject it. The Big Truth is threatening to the left, obviously, because it shows what the left's projects really consist of and where they are really heading, which, if people understood, they would stop going along with the left's projects and start seriously resisting them instead. The Big Truth is threatening to the right because the right is invested in the basic goodness and harmony of our existing society and in maintaining a general consensus concerning that goodness. A dawning understanding of the true radicalism of the left would force the right to fight the left, it would lead to civil war and counterrevolutionary struggle, bringing to an end our current system based on toleration and consensus.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 22, 2011 7:04 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

The Lie is consoling. Truth is catastrophic.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at January 23, 2011 7:41 AM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)