Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives
A similar effect is achieved when the content of such minds is raked by "intellectual" authors, filmmakers, and politicians -- a practice they immensely enjoy, calling it a "spiritual" experience. They think of themselves as "intellectuals" while denying this title to anyone with a consistent, original mind. To have structured values is an unpardonable faux pas in their circles. Those who challenge them get sand thrown in their eyes -- the punishment I was being subjected to at the Houston bookstore.
In return, I reminded my opponents about the existence of the scientific method of discovery -- a logical device that had made Western civilization so successful in the past, but had now been abandoned by "progressive" thinkers. The resulting cognitive dissonance made them disoriented. In due course, they panicked and walked out, never to come back.
A few weeks later I told this story to Maggie Roddin, a radio talk show host in Philadelphia. (Click through my Website to hear this interview.) Maggie asked me to recall some of the questions, but I could only remember a few. She insisted that I write them down to share with her audience. As I did so, more questions began to pop up. Some were new, while others I had been asking for years while trying to make sense of my American experience. The resulting list may not exactly fit the definition of Socratic questioning. But in my defense, even Socrates couldn't possibly envision the scale of absurdity a political argument could reach in the 21st century.
Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country. Please see if you can answer them for me:
- If all cultures are equal, why doesn't UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?
- Why do those demanding "equal pay for equal work" never protest against "equal pay for little or no work"?
- Why has no politician ever run on men's issues or promised to improve the lives of males?
- If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?
- Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we've been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
- Once a politician labels the truth as hate speech, can anyone trust him to speak the truth afterward?
- If a politician gets elected by the poor on a promise to eliminate poverty, wouldn't fulfilling his promise destroy his voting base? Wouldn't he rather benefit from the growing numbers of poor people? Isn't this an obvious conflict of interests?
- How did the "war on poverty" end? Has there been a peace treaty or a ceasefire? Who is the occupying force and who are the insurgents?
- Why weren't there demonstrations with anti-feudal slogans under feudal rule? And under Stalin, no anti-communist demonstrations? And under Hitler, no anti-fascist demonstrations? In a free capitalist society, anti-capitalist demonstrations are commonplace. Is capitalism really the worst system?
- If capitalism makes some people rich without making others poor, who will benefit when capitalism is destroyed?
- If the poor in America have things that people in other countries can only dream about, why is there a movement to make America more like those other countries?
- Why, on the rare occasions when Obama's actions benefit America, does his base get angry? And every time his actions are hurting this nation, his base is happy? Who exactly are these people?
- If cutting out the middleman lowers the price, why are we paying the government to stand between us and the markets?
- If racial profiling is an abomination, what do you make of the last presidential election?