Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Suicide Of Reason

Dennis Prager interviews Lee Harris (MP3) -- not the drummer from Talk Talk, but the author of the new book Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat To The West.

Prager: ...The Achilles' heel of modern liberalism is the incapacity to recognize and confront genuine evil.

Harris: Liberalism depends on an anthropology that depends on man as fundamentally decent, kind hearted, willing to cooperate, willing to compromise. And unfortunately, as I argued in my first book, this is a product of the fact that we have forgotten how Man in his normal state is -- that we are the exception, we are not the rule. If you go through the annals of history -- you don't have to go very far back -- you find the most horrible bloodshed. Massacre after massacre, you find despots rising to power through ruthless means. You find predatory gangs seizing what they want from peasants who are trying to just take care of their own lives. And this is really the course of human history. We are this oasis that is unlike any other period in mankind's past, and our tragedy is that we don't recognize that fact....

The irony of the book and the hardest thing for me to deal with psychologically in writing it is the fact that it may be our virtues that do us in, and not our vices.

3 comments:

mariposa said...

So will this book be rounded up and shredded like Alms for Jihad?

Elaine said...

Hey if the jihadist play it sweetly, and keep all cozied up to the left whom they hate far more than the right, they could have their armies in place on our soil in no time eg; Windsor Ontario.

Problem is the jihadist aren't very bright. They adore death and destruction. They live to die, and the sooner the better to get their hands on those little girls, promised to them by their fucked up god.

That is the difference between them and the rest of the civilized world.

The jihadist will try and pull off another 9-11. This will awaken the spartans and we will crush them and beat them back into the caves whence they came.

Elaine said...

Xenophon wrote about the Spartans as he observed them during an Olympic game:

An elderly man was trying to find a place to sit and observe the Olympic Games, as he went to each section. All the other Greeks laughed as he tried to make his way through. Some ignored him. Upon entering the Spartan section all the Spartans stood and offered the elderly man their seats. Suddenly the entire stadium applauded. All the Greeks knew what was the right thing to do, but the Spartans were the only ones who did it.