December 22, 2011

"Nonsense can and does go by default"

Theodore Dalrymple examines his own reactions to some politically correct educational theories. The Triumph of Reason?

Halfway through my own reply, however, I suddenly became bored. Why do I spend so much time arguing against such obvious rubbish, which should be both self-refuting and auto-satirizing the moment someone utters it? Why not just go and read a good book?

The problem is that nonsense can and does go by default. It wins the argument by sheer persistence, by inexhaustible re-iteration, by staying at the meeting when everyone else has gone home, by monomania, by boring people into submission and indifference. And the reward of monomania? Power.
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 22, 2011 3:52 PM | Permalink