Sunday, March 1, 2009

"The summit of American intellectual attainment."

Several days later, we refer you to alicublog: (If you've yet to see the item in question, here.)

Think about this: the lunatic Dreher has, in the past week or so, been engaged seriously by Andrew SullivanMegan McArdle, and Ross Douthat -- three writers for the Atlantic Monthly, a magazine that once represented the summit of American intellectual attainment. And now its authors treat seriously a man who thinks we'd be better off if the Pope could make us say that the sun revolves around the earth.
Imagine that. It's as if people were standing athwart history, yelling "Stop!" 

And now progress has been redefined to mean barely holding on to what has been peeled from the owning classes over some three hundred yrs. 

On a different topic, the most useful link Megan has ever provided. Even Orthodoxy boy Dreher will be praying for some enlightenment after everything has gone south, & all the cars pictured have become single-family housing.

15 comments:

Marshall said...

Damn can't they just give me one of those cars. I'll go pick it up.

M. Bouffant said...

Many of the comments there were of the "Where are the 50% off sales?" school.

Mr. Wonderful said...

I had the same reaction. "Supply and demand? Too much supply. Make me an offer!"

OT, sort of, but This American Life this week had a great/depressing/ etc. show about the economy, banks, etc. I said to the wife, I said, "This is like being told an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. There's no way we won't all be affected."

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And let me add, on topic:

The more this crisis is unprecedented, the more Megan and her lot will feel free to opine and pontificate, unconstrained by fact, history, or etc.

Their imaginary world starts to seem--to them, as always, but to neutral others--just a little less imaginary, given the mind-crushing unthinkableness of the actual situation.

Which must also mean that some people will believe them when, during saner times, they might not. I don't think that will have any noticeable public affect, but it will encourage them.

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