There Is Nothing So Preposterous That Fashionable Intellectuals Will Not Advocate It Even At The Price of Self-Delusion
|April 2, 2012||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design|
We are constantly reminded that our intellectual betters overwhelmingly believe the Darwinist party line and undoubtedly that is true. So what? It was not that many years ago that all fashionable intellectuals believed another party line, which, in retrospect, only a fool would believe. I thought about that as I read this (which also might account for the sometimes hysterical tone our opponents take):
[The anti-anticommunists at Time magazine] believed a number of things. Foremost among them was the belief that peace could be preserved, World War III could be averted only by conciliating the Soviet Union. For this no price was too high to pay, including the price of willful historical self-delusion. Yet they had just fiercely supported a war [i.e., World War II] in which one of their ululant outcries had been against appeasement; and they were much too intelligent really to believe that Russia was a democracy or most of the other upside-down things they said in defense of it. Hence like most people who have substituted the habit of delusion for reality, they became hysterical whenever the root of their delusion was touched, and reacted with a violence that completely belied the openness of mind which they prescribed for others.