July 25, 2008


Whatever Happened to Liberal Humor? (Jason Maoz, 07.24.2008 , Commentary: Contentions)

While R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and P.J. O’Rourke and Andrew Ferguson and Rush Limbaugh and a host of others were giving the lie to the caricature of conservatives as uptight Pecksniffs, the counterculture’s Politics of Rage was evolving into a more sedate, more deadly political correctness, effectively killing off liberal humor.

Once upon a happier time, liberals prided themselves on maintaining a certain detached bemusement. Recognizing - and lampooning - the foibles of even one’s own idols and icons was considered a sign of sophistication, bestowing on its practitioners, deservedly or not, an élan of witty bonhomie.

He ventured forth to bring light to the world: The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers (Gerard Baker, 7/25/08, Times of London)
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

It's easy if you don't have to worry about offending people.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2008 5:41 PM

I'm still not fully acquainted with your all-humor-is-conservative theory (though I do instinctively agree with it), so forgive me if I'm making a fundamental point you've already expressed:

Doesn't it boil down to the simple dichotomy between left and right? The left values equality, the right values liberty. If your guiding principle is equality, then yeah -- you're probably gonna be hard-pressed to laugh at the world, which is a decidedly inegalitarian place.

A guy slipping on a banana peel is not amusing to someone who needs to continue convincing themselves that banana peels are inherently an injustice.

Posted by: Tom at July 26, 2008 1:25 PM



Posted by: oj at July 26, 2008 3:36 PM
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