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PostInconvenient Truths vs Callings of the Heart; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 08/12/21 4:05 am)
Gary Moore writes:
José Ignacio Soler's articulate defense (August 11th) of his posts on socialism and its directions contained a phrase that reminded of my own efforts, on quite another topic, to defend evidence against mystifying enthusiasm. That phrase (with apologies for specificity) is: "it is surprising that a mind as sharp as Tor's asks..."
Sounds like the words I used to another WAIS colleague when surprised that indisputable intellectual sharpness could produce something that looked a bit like froth--and this was irritated, antagonistic froth, using little knowledge of the subject matter to snipe disdainfully at elaborately researched facts.
Apparently both cases awoke the demons of ideology, specifically sympathies on the left. Evidently there can be an element of faith in such sympathies that demands allegiance, to the point of qualifying inconvenient news as non-factual.
Both cases suggest the power of ideological enthusiasm, an X-factor in debate that seems able to hijack erudition and intellect, somewhat as Creationists can hijack certain emotionally chosen facts to prove, they insist, that the earth is only 4,000 years old.
Our hard-working moderator JE, in his sometimes-impossible role of offering an encouraging word to everyone, does seem at times to go beyond that tightrope and into the mysterious enthusiasm, part of its nature being to defiantly stand on faith, on the callings of the heart, no matter what the faithless might offer as supposed mountains of evidence. Sort of like the Creationists stand on faith. They can hear the callings of the heart. Are they supposed to deny that?
JE comments: For those new to this discussion, Gary Moore is referring to his dissection of the Derek Chauvin case, and in particular Gary's comparison of the trial with that of Alfred Dreyfus in Belle Époque France. Likely from a fear of being viewed as "with" Chauvin, I was dismissive of Gary's careful analysis.
Gary, you're not the only one to label me frothy--you should visit WAIS HQ and meet Aldona...