Lincoln on the Present Storm
January 29, 2017
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“The bottom is out of the tub. What shall I do?”
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present…As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”
The stormy present is its own thing, Lincoln warned. A corollary to this is that analogies can comfort the mind by imposing order to our present case. They can also mislead and are no substitute for hard thinking, for consideration of the facts in front of us in the full light of logically consistent theory.
We must take into account that our new leadership is constituted by a narcissistic mad man surrounded by dangerous bootlicking and incompetent ideologues. He is, moreover, enabled by an unpatriotic and oligarchical party, a party buoyed electorally by White Nationalist, anti-intellectual, anti-globalization, and alternate-fact tactics targeted at hard-hit Whites in swing states.
This is where we’re are at, as I see it.