Monday, October 27

i know it's a sickness

Are you the sort of person who kills time on roadtrips exercising a horrified fascination with conservative AM radio? Can you distinguish the vocal stylings of Limbaugh from those of Savage, Hannity, and O'Reilly? Have you actually contemplated reading Liberal Fascism? Are you just plain looking to reassure yourself that sanity does not actually threaten to break out on a mass scale?

May I humbly suggest a detour into the world of Melanie Phillips?

Let me assure you, this one is something special. The blend of profoundly stupid and pretty much crazy is familiar enough, but it's rare indeed that the stupid/crazy is this high-test and yet somehow filtered through a vague appearance of literacy. If you've only got time for one, let me recommend the culture war for the White House, wherein we learn that, yes, militant atheism is responsible for the financial crisis.

I see this financial breakdown, moreover, as being not merely a moral crisis but the monetary expression of the broader degradation of our values — the erosion of duty and responsibility to others in favour of instant gratification, unlimited demands repackaged as 'rights' and the loss of self-discipline. And the root cause of that erosion is 'militant atheism' which, in junking religion, has destroyed our sense of anything beyond our material selves and the here and now and, through such hyper-individualism, paved the way for the onslaught on bedrock moral values expressed through such things as family breakdown and mass fatherlessness, educational collapse, widespread incivility, unprecedented levels of near psychopathic violent crime, epidemic drunkenness and drug abuse, the repudiation of all authority, the moral inversion of victim culture, the destruction of truth and objectivity and a corresponding rise in credulousness in the face of lies and propaganda -- and intimidation and bullying to drive this agenda into public policy.

The fawning comments also add something.

You "hit it out of the park" again, Melanie. I am in awe.

Me too.