August 7, 2006

"Peace movements," their track record...

Thomas Sowell, from a good piece on "peace"...

....One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.

"Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements -- that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war....(Thanks to PowerLines.)

It is in fact easy to see that peace movements produce more war, and Sowell lays it out. My own suspicion is that it is not just a lack of thinking ability that keeps "peace" movements afloat, but mostly a lack of caring. They exist only to make western leftists feel good, and if some brown-skinned people in distant lands die as a result, nobody in San Francisco is counting.

But the lack of a "systematic way to analyze ideas" is confirmed by my experience. This November I will have been blogging for five years. And I have never once, on political or social issues, had a counter-argument from a leftist that was difficult to answer. Not once.


Posted by John Weidner at August 7, 2006 6:46 AM
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