Thursday, April 30, 2015

Is the Paradox of Dogma about to bite the left in the ass?

This is the Paradox of Dogma. To return to the question we started with: if you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The answer is: both. It might ensure that you win in the short term. But over the long term, it abandons the field to those who do believe in ideological debate.

In my experience people who hew too closely to establishment "truth" have a hard time dealing with someone who has actually thought through their beliefs. The orthodox leftist increasingly responds to heterodox views the way Puritans did: denunciation, punishment and exile.

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