Tuesday, January 15, 2013

phobias and the Leftist agenda

One of the many things that irritates me about the modern world is the misuse of the word phobia by the Left. Anyone who disagrees with the Left’s agenda is branded as being phobic.

The object of course is to imply that anyone who questions the Leftist agenda is irrational and suffering from some kind of mental disorder.

A phobia is an irrational fear. There is nothing irrational about a fear of Islam. In fact anyone who isn’t afraid of Islam is irrational. A belief that homosexuality is an unfortunate and unhealthy sexual perversion is not irrational. A belief that the whole transexual fad is a horrible and tragic mistake that will destroy the lives of thousands of sad confused people is not a phobia. It’s an opinion, and a perfectly respectable and reasonable opinion.

But of course Leftists cannot and will not tolerate any dissent. Therefore it’s not enough for them to disagree with anyone who doesn’t share their views. Anyone who questions them must be totally discredited and silenced, and ultimately destroyed if they can’t be brought into line.

Leftists do not want debate. They simply want obedience. If you won’t obey you must be destroyed.

The problem, as so often, is that conservative opposition to these tactics has been so feeble and ineffective. We have allowed Leftists to get away with using the idea of phobias as a means of discrediting us. Conservatives have allowed Leftists to set the agenda and we have allowed them to take control of the language. The consequences of this are terrifying to contemplate.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

foreign aid and pity

There's an interesting article on charities which can be found, of all places, on the BBC's website. The most interesting point is one made by Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo. "Moyo argues that aid harms the countries it tries to help and should be replaced by business investment."

The article is  a welcome attack on the kind of charities driven by guilt and pity. Nobody has ever been helped by guilt and pity. We need to learn to feel less, and think more. That way we might actually do some good.