May 22, 2011

EXCEPT THAT THE IDEOLOGY WAS A SYMPTOM (via Matt Murphy):

Critique of Pure Reason (Paul Greenberg, 5/20/11, Townhall)

Lanny Friedlander had pretty much disappeared from the world's sight for 40 years. As a college student back in 1968, he'd started a little magazine in his dorm room at Boston University -- with a ream of paper, a ditto machine, and a boundless enthusiasm for his own ideas.

But he had to give up both college and the magazine, which he called Reason, when the first symptoms of his mental illness appeared. [...]

Before he dropped out of sight, he'd had time to issue Reason's manifesto, charter, and ideological battle cry. Marked by typos, misspellings, ALLCAPS, and general pizzazz-and-vinegar, it was as clear a paean to the goddess Reason as any pronunciamento since the French Revolution. To quote its first issue:

"When REASON speaks of poverty, racism, the draft, the war, studentpower, politics, and other vital issues, it shall be reasons, not slogans, it gives for conclusions. Proof, not belligerent assertion. Logic, not legends. Coherance, not contradictions. This is our promise: this is the reason for REASON."


Posted by at May 22, 2011 12:11 PM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« SO THEY ALL TASTE AWFUL?: | Main | WHY DOIESN'T THE SMARTEST HUMAN EVER TO GIVE A SPEECH...: »