Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Jonah Goldberg on Populism:

Politics has a math of its own. Whereas a scientifically minded person might see things this way: One person who says 2+2=5 is an idiot; two people who think 2+2=5 are two idiots; and a million people who think 2+2=5 are a whole lot of idiots - political math works differently. Let's work backwards: if a million people think 2+2=5, then they are not a million idiots, but a "constituency." If they are growing in number, they are also a "movement." And, if you were not only the first person to proclaim 2+2=5, but you were the first to persuade others, then you, my friend, are not an idiot, but a visionary.

8 comments:

Steve said...

2+2 isn't 5??

JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe said...

I'm surprised to see this sort of assessment on a religious website.

Steve said...

It's a religious website because two of the four contributors are atheists?

JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe said...

Since I have been reading it, two of the two contributers appear to be religious and I discovered the site by one of those two trolling my site in an anti-atheist sort of way.

Sorry if I mis-characterized the site based on that.

Todd said...

Speaking as one of the atheist contributors, politics often mimics religion in this way. Faith can be stronger than reason.

And as far as Steve's 'trolling,' I've always found him to be a good-natured and upbeat debater, when I could understand what he was talking about.

Which really isn't that often, now I think about it.

Steve said...

I only trolled him/her 'cause he/she trolled Lance first.

Ma, but he/she started it!!

Al said...

Is it to late for me to ask for more contributions from the atheists?

Steve said...

I hope you are luckier than I have been, Al.