June 17, 2024
We Have Entered a Looking-Glass World
Alice: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
Alice: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

  • Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking-Glass

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness

  • Allen Ginsberg, Howl

We live in an age characterized by belief — that is, belief in things that do not exist, belief in complete figments of unanchored imagination, abstractions that have no contact with or bearing on reality. Call it the age of irrealism, of pervasive virtuality, of estrangement from the objective world.

Consider several popular notions or beliefs, memes as they are sometimes called, which operate as delusions erroneously confirmed as fact.

  • There are more than two sexes, biology notwithstanding. Indeed, there are “57 Varieties” of gender. Also, in contradiction, gender is a “social construct.”
  • Islam is a “religion of peace.”
  • The university campus is aswarm with female victims of rape and sexual assault.
  • The planet is entering a carboniferous period as temperatures rise to unsustainable levels.
  • There is an organized and historical campaign in the Judeo-Christian West of men against women known as the “Patriarchy.”
  • There is a vast movement of White Supremacists ruthlessly oppressing those of other races and creeds.
  • America is bedeviled by institutional racism.
  • There is no such thing as truth.
  • Looting, vandalism and physical violence are legitimate forms of civil protest.
  • The value of people derives from their membership in a group rather than from their status as unique individuals.

We have entered the looking-glass world. None of these beliefs correspond to reality, as every sensible person knows. They are to a significant extent forms of what Angelo Codevilla calls “subrational submission,” or conformity to the political diktats of a leftist ruling class, but they transcend politics insofar as they are signs of a spreading cultural malady — the inability to think. Years of bad education, political indoctrination, and welfare dependency have much to do with a demonstrable decline in intelligence and basic knowledge — a veritable contagion of cultural illiteracy, to quote E.D. Hirsch.

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(2) There’s No ‘Generals’ Revolt’ Against Trump

(3) Night of the Generals

(4) Against the James Mattis Personality Cult

(5) Be Courageous And Stand Firm, America—We Do Not Kneel