Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Snark Hunting

The last of the crew needs especial remark,
Though he looked an incredible dunce:
He had just one idea--but, that one being "Snark,"
The good Bellman engaged him at once.

Jonah Goldberg finds it necessary to tell us murder is murder, and murder is wrong. After he clears that up, he moves on to his cash cow, calling liberals/progressives Nazis. (Don't believe me?) The Soviets wanted to change society, progressives want to change society, so progressives are Marxist and Marxists are progressive. Therefore, the Enlightenment was fascist. But let's let Jonah speak for himself.

The climate of anti-Semitism made the Holocaust possible, but so did
Enlightenment bias, which holds that almost anything can be justified in the
name of progress.

Jonah Goldberg, who is Jewish, just put anti-Semitism on the same level as the Enlightenment. The mind boggles.

I truly think Goldberg doesn't have the faintest idea that his actions could have consequences. He doesn't think that far ahead. By insinuating that day care and universal health care have the same intellectual rationale as the Lebensborn and the gas chambers, Goldberg is trivializing the systematic scapegoating of his own people. Day cares are for working mothers, not a breeding factory. Universal health care is health care, not execution. That's pretty obvious to most people. But Jonah's not writing for most people, he's writing for the typical Corner denizen, who will take only one message from the book: Liberals are just as bad as I thought, but Hitler wasn't as bad as everyone said after all.

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