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December 12, 2013

"Nelson Mandela led his people to freedom."

MARCH 18, 2010 This sentence, which though willfully egregious is not at all atypical, can be divided into four fragments:
"Nelson Mandela," "led," "his people," and "to freedom." The first fragment is phrased in historical terms: "Nelson Mandela." The other three are entirely magical.... Nelson Mandela is not really a historical figure to him; Nelson Mandela is simply a saint in his TV-age religion, which like all major religions practices magical thinking. I urge you to cease and desist from this practice. It is detrimental to the neurons. You will feel much better when you are all done with it. - - Unqualified Reservations: Divine-right monarchy for the modern secular intellectual

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 12, 2013 4:02 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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