Three issues: an approach to reality

Diagnosing the left is not for the faint of heart. David Solway takes no prisoners and lays his view on the line. The three examples he uses are climate change, healthcare, and the Israel question. “facts do not matter, that logic is helpless to convince or to prompt
even the slightest reconsideration, and that practically every
counter-argument can be turned on its head and interpreted as
confirmation of the original idée fixe. “

The syndrome at work is one of absolute conviction based on the
transformation of objective stimuli into subjective impressions via the
baleful alchemy of a private obsession. Theory supersedes existence. The
delusion is plausible because it is rendered seamless and coherent
although it has no application to things as they are. Internal
consistency, however strained, replaces external correspondence. Paul
Hsieh memorably compares
this “willful blindness to facts” to a driver following a
malfunctioning GPS rather than “real-world landmarks,” leading to what
is called “death by GPS.”

The argument gets into a logical conundrum. Deny it and you illustrate his point. Try to take it apart and you will be entering a minefield needing extreme care to avoid the sort of thinking it describes. That means Solway’s observations provide a good start for introspection and evaluation of one’s own intellectual integrity.

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