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April 02, 2013

Bizarre: Former Felony Murderer Is Now a Professor at Columbia;
Meanwhile, Pediatric Neurosurgeon with No Criminal Record is a "Monster"

A strange juxtaposition of stories from Hot Air. Convicted felony murderer Kathy Boudin is an adjunct professor at Columbia.

But Ben Carson is, according to the left, a "monster."

He saved lives while Kathy Boudin was ending them. Obviously he's a monster and she's a Distinguished Intellectual. Nice leftwing people on Twitter said so.

Recovering former "brain-dead liberal" Evan Sayet has some thoughts that may partly explain this mysterious method of "thought" of the left. He's written a book called Kindergarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks, which he talks about with the Daily Caller.

His thesis is that America, since WWII, and until 9/11, has been pretty idyllic. Not much bad has happened -- at least not compared to the rest of the world, and the rest of history. This has created a perverse situation in which stupid thinking is sort of permitted to live, protected from hard consequences -- stupid thinking will not lead you do death any longer, as it once did.* It might just lead you to a professorship at Columbia.

* You know how aristocrats showed themselves to be such by wearing clothes with little practical utility? If you wore those flouncy tufts into a smithy, you'd catch fire. But this was the point: To advertise the fact that the aristocrat was not a laboring man. He was elevated above the plane of utility.

It seems to me there's a certain ostentatiousness about liberal thinking that is calculatedly non-functional and flouncy itself. By advocating a pattern of thinking that is dismissive of practical consequences, the advocate of such thoughts announces himself as someone so advanced and so well-off that he does not have to consider practical considerations.

Hm. Maybe.



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