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The Well of Madness

May 16th, 2013
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  1. Troy
    May 17th, 2013 at 02:45 | #1

    I did a google search for “digby” (to get to her blog) and found this:

    “Digby is the pseudonym of liberal political blogger Heather Parton from Santa Monica, California who founded the blog Hullabaloo.” etc

    What offends me is that ‘liberal’ tag, how we’ve managed to divide reality into two disjoint camps, the ‘liberal/progressive’ side and the ‘conservative’ side.

    The list of things conservatives are currently wrong about is quite long — global warming, evolution, gun control, mixed economies, etc.

    [I won’t include anti-abortion since to me that (when human rights begin) is something that reasonable people can differ about]

    23% think Benghazi is the worst scandal in US history.

    23% of this country have rocks in their head.

    I am reminded of this:

    John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

    Tyrone: 27%.

    John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.

    Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.


    Continuing on:

    John: Objectively crazy or crazy vis-a-vis my own inertial reference frame for rational behaviour? I mean, are you creating the Theory of Special Crazification or General Crazification?

    Tyrone: Hadn’t thought about it. Let’s split the difference. Half just have worldviews which lead them to disagree with what you consider rationality even though they arrive at their positions through rational means, and the other half are the core of the Crazification — either genuinely crazy; or so woefully misinformed about how the world works, the bases for their decision making is so flawed they may as well be crazy.

    John: You realize this leads to there being over 30 million crazy people in the US?

    Tyrone: Does that seem wrong?

    John: … a bit low, actually.

  2. Troy
    May 17th, 2013 at 02:52 | #2

    (heh, back in 2004 there was a hidden rational reason to vote for Keyes I guess — to snip Obama’s political career in the bud . . . same thing with California’s AG, she barely won last year, and I think that win will put her on the track to replace Feinstein or Boxer . . . ya know, if the Dems can retain filibuster-proof control of the state, this might not be such a bad place in 10 – 20 years, sigh)

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