[ From the ever-popular One Cosmos: Leftists May Have No Consistent Standards, But At Least They’re Not Hypocrites ]
The following passage from Incompleteness caught my attention:
no validation of our rationality — of our very sanity — can be accomplished using our rationality itself.
Thus, there exist millions of people who are completely sane from within their ideological system, but only insane from outside it. We call these lunatics progressives. It’s not quite correct to say that they “can’t be reasoned with.” Rather, they can only be reasoned with — in the manner described by Chesterton in chapter 2 of Orthodoxy, The Maniac:
The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason….
It is common for conservatives to point out the daily hypocrisies of the left, but this gets us nowhere, since it is utterly beside the point. You can’t be a hypocrite if you have no consistent principles. Rather, they would only be hypocrites if they were to deny their hypocritical expediency in service to power.