Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Myth of the Superiority of Reason

There are no grounds to believe that the people who profess to believe in the supremacy of reason will be more efficient and benign in the exercise of power than those who believe in the dictatorship of the proletariat. Those who possess political power also possess the tools for promoting themselves as the men of reason who are expert in everything and, therefore, deserve to be obeyed by all. Thus, a dictatorship of the proletariat can easily be promoted as a rule of the infallible men of reason, and that is how it happened in the Soviet Union. By virtue of being the fountainhead of the Bolshevik revolution, Lenin had won the reputation in communist circles of possessing an exceptional brain—the communists saw him as the ultimate man of reason. When he died, the Soviets took out his brain and sliced it into 31000 wafer-thin slithers which were mounted on glass and stored in a secure laboratory (Room 19) of the Moscow Brain Institute—Lenin’s brain is the most closely studied brain in history. I believe that the notion of supremacy of reason is simply a way of conning the people into surrendering their life and liberty to any individual or group that claims to be the voice of reason.

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