Monday, August 9, 2021

The Ideologues Can’t Lose a Debate

“An ideologue—one who thinks ideologically—can't lose. He can't lose because his answer, his interpretation and his attitude have been determined in advance of the particular experience or observation. They are derived from the ideology, and are not subject to the facts. There is no possible argument, observation or experiment that could disprove a firm ideological belief for the very simple reason that an ideologue will not accept any argument, observation or experiment as constituting disproof.” ~ James Burnham in Suicide of the West. Burnham is right. The communists, the liberals, and the libertarians can’t lose in a debate. Their ideology is practically shock-proof because it has nothing to do with experience and observation.

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