Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives


The "Closed" American Mind (apologies to Allan Bloom)

Inquiring minds are agreeing it has been a long time since they have read something so much fun and informative as Oleg Atbashian’s new article, “Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives“. Be forewarned, it is long but very humorous, however.

And you’d better laugh…or else you’ll be crying:

The two women who showed up early for my book signing at a small bookstore in Houston, TX, never even bothered to open my book. Wearing knowing smiles, they engaged me in a bizarre discussion that wound up leaping all around the known and unknown universe. They hadn’t the slightest curiosity about my ideas as an ex-Soviet immigrant in America, or what I had to say about my experience working inside the two ideologically opposed systems. As it turned out, they had spotted my flyer in the store window the day before, and the book’s title — Shakedown Socialism — had enraged them so much that they decided to return the following day and give me a piece of their collective mind.

Their act almost made me feel as if I were back in the USSR, where the harassment of people with my opinions was the norm. The shorter, pudgier woman was the soloist bully, while her skinnier, older comrade provided backup vocals and noise effects. The duo’s repertoire was an eclectic collection of unoriginal talking points, each branded with an almost legible label: NPR, Air America, MSNBC, and so on. Not only were those mental fragments mismatched in key and rhythm; the very existence of harmony seemed an unfamiliar concept to them.

That is just the warm up. Mr. explanation of a certain miindset is just writing perfection:

Some heads contain an enormous number of facts that never bind with one another to form a fertile soil from which original ideas will grow. Each piece of information exists independently from the others, all of them continuously shifting and rolling around like grains of sand, forming ephemeral dunes in the lifeless deserts of their minds. The “open-minded” owners of such heads like to open their minds in the company of peers and admire each other’s fanciful sandy mindscapes. Every new whiff of wind or shaking of the head tosses the sand in more quirky patterns, forming new whimsical outlines. As previously covered facts are exposed and facts once exposed are concealed, a semblance of new ideas will emerge without any true change in content.

The favorite of SurvivingCalifornia.com was Mr. A questions he asked liberals. Here are some of our favorites:

• If all cultures are equal, why doesn’t UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?
• Why do those demanding “equal pay for equal work” never protest against “equal pay for little or no work”?
• Why has no politician ever run on men’s issues or promised to improve the lives of males?
• If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?
• Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we’ve been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
• How did the “war on poverty” end? Has there been a peace treaty or a ceasefire? Who is the occupying force and who are the insurgents?
• Why weren’t there demonstrations with anti-feudal slogans under feudal rule? And under Stalin, no anti-communist demonstrations? And under Hitler, no anti-fascist demonstrations? In a free capitalist society, anti-capitalist demonstrations are commonplace. Is capitalism really the worst system?
• If capitalism makes some people rich without making others poor, who will benefit when capitalism is destroyed?
• Why is a huge poisonous cloud over a volcano considered magnificent — but a smokestack over an American factory is ugly and harmful?
• Why does Hollywood glamorize drug addicts, criminals, liberal Democrats, and mentally challenged people? What do they all have in common?
• How come Hollywood can always find a good side in thugs, but never in businesspeople? What was the last movie that pictured a self-reliant, industrious man as a role model?
• If it’s capitalist greed that forces Hollywood to exploit the lowest human instincts, why didn’t the same greed force Hollywood to exploit America’s patriotism and make war movies showing the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan as a force for good? Wouldn’t one such film bring more green cash than all the anti-American flops in the recent years? Where was Hollywood’s capitalist greed then?

As you can tell from the length of our ‘favorites’ list, there are some really good ‘questions for progressives’. Many more than in this post.

Added SurvivingCalifornia.com suggestion: “The Closing of the American Mind” by Allan Bloom. It is one of the most important books written in last couple of decades.

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