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“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We live in an era in which the great majority of people nominally considered smart (on the basis of educational credentials, position, and social status) hold and vigorously defend incorrect, demonstrably wrong, or even absurd notions about history, sex and sexuality, race, agriculture, diet, economic development, fiscal policy, climate, energy, and human nature. Joe Biden and his idiot vice president are our true leaders by virtue of the fact that they are demonstrably free from the shackles of facts, consistency, logic, and grammar. The Stupid is strong in those two.
For generations, conservatives, as heirs of Edmund Burke, Russel Kirk, and William F. Buckley, steeled themselves to win the great debate on the grounds of high principles, armed with the rich abiding wisdom of Judeo-Christian tradition, and a wealth of insights drawn from art, philosophy, religion, and the lessons of history … only to find that the left has simply removed the intellects of the audience. Yeah, it’s cheating, but it’s working.
Schoolchildren are now being subjected to indoctrination by perverts, our teens are immersed in vile confusion, and even the electrifying and uplifting victory of the Civil Rights movement is being tossed away in favor of weird new forms of dependence on the new whiteness, the patently silly woke posture. And the extent to which the right sorts, the modern equivalent of the Best and the Brightest, got COVID-19 policy completely wrong was truly stunning.
In my youth, I expected we needed to prep for the inevitable onslaught of Soviet-style Marxism. I thought the ultimate internal enemy would be some clever, smarmy intellectual along the lines of Alger Hiss. I never expected idiot hordes in groupthink lockstep to protect and serve Bozo the President while fostering the dissolution of our social and political fabric in an acid bath of pure stupid.Published in