December 7, 2009

The Unicorn Rider

Steve Den Beste has a great piece at Hot Air. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that ThreeSourcers will dig it. He bifurcates materialism (which I would be tempted to call "reason") with teleology.

He then posits that the President's actions and policies make sense if their viewed as part of a teleological epistemological system.

Matthew Continetti says that weíre in ďa year of magical thinking.Ē And to someone who has grown up with a materialist view of the universe, it could certainly seem that way. But whatís really going on is that Obama has this kind of world view. And that explains everything heís done.

It explains his foreign policy. To a teleologistst, it just makes sense that everyone should want to get along. If you unclench your fist and hold out
your hand, everyone else will unclench their fists, and become your friends. So Obama is doing that, and as we know the result has been a shambles.

It explains his economic policy. Teleologists inherently donít believe in unintended side effects when it comes to implementing their idealistic policies. Obviously it should be possible to provide free health care to everyone without wrecking the economy; itís just how things really should be, so thatís how it will be. Where will the money come from? Thatís the kind of question that materialists ask; teleologists donít concern themselves with such trivial. Itíll happen somehow, because itís obviously how it should turn out. To say we shouldnít do it is to be heartless, uncaring ó and those things are more important than mundane claims that it wonít work. If you just believe, it will work.

Of course, it wonít work. The materialists are right about that. But when it fails (if it gets tried) the teleologists will blame the negative vibes of all the materialist doubters for the failure. If only theyíd come on board and supported it, then it would have come out OK.

I got into a Facebook fracas with a very good -- but seriously moonbatted -- friend, He pitted peace versus imperialism with a pithy aphorism that would look really good silk-screened (with soy ink) onto the side of a Whole Foods burlap reusable shopping bag.

I really do try to keep cool on FB, but my friend asked "How has imperialism improved the world we live in?" No doubt that was rhetorical, but my contrarian heart leapt into the fray and I touted Deepak Lal and suggested an answer to his question: "What I suspect youíre calling Imperialism established a foundation of law, rights and freedom that lifted the entire human race out of tens of thousand years of poverty and privation."

He's a smart guy and a fun interlocutor. I suspect I drove a couple of his friends into therapy, but we're having a good time. At the end of the day our ultimate difference is his teleological worldview. And the voice of jg rings in my ears that there is no chance or value in arguing with that.

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at December 7, 2009 4:53 PM

Fun post! There's much to ponder here.

Here's a random thought: Suppose we create a parallel nation called the Teleological States of America. Obama can be their president and most of the news media and universities would be governed by the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court of the TSA [no pun intended.] Meanwhile, only materialists will hold seats in these offices of the USA. The US government will act to secure liberty and promote the general welfare while the TS government will work independently from them to think the same ends into being. With both sides working together in this new harmonious and non-confrontational manner only a positive and progressive future can result.

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