“During the twentieth century the capacity and the practice of listening have deteriorated. In all walks of life, in all kinds of circumstances, the capacity of attention has become disrupted and curtailed because of the incredible―literally incredible―amount of noise and sounds and music and words and slogans whirling around people’s heads and ears.” – Lukacs

In this regard, the press ought to abandon their stubborn use of the term “radical” when writing or speaking about Islamic terror. There is no radical in Islam. The entire religion is radical, and to its most intimate core, to wit:

  • “The Quran commands Muslims to go and rule the entire world and submit all mankind to the religion of Islam.  That is the basis of war in Islam.”
  • “Ordinary Muslims really believe that Jews are evil people who should be avoided.”
  • “The most important thing to remember… is that during all his time in Mecca, and for the first year in Medina, Muhammad tried to make Islam attractive to Jews.”
  • “Previously, Muhammad instructed his followers to face Jerusalem to pray.  In January 624 he changed direction to face Mecca.” ―The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Pages 52 & 59 & 76 & 102. //From Dr. Gabriel’s Website. ̶   Mark Gabriel was born and raised in Egypt. More than just a practicing Muslim, he was a scholar from his youth. His first milestone was to complete memorization of the Quran at age twelve. He went on to attend Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the oldest, most prestigious Muslim University in the world, where he earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in History and culture. He also holds a master’s degree in world religion and a doctorate in Christian education. He travels and lectures for a variety of groups all over the world.

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“Opportunism is something for which intellectuals have especial talents because of their aptitude for managing vocabulary at the expense of thought….”  Confessions of An Original Sinner, Copyright ©1990 by John Lukacs, St. Augustine’s Press ♦ South Bend, Indiana 2000, Page 27.

“…so many American intellectuals talk of the common people as if they were idiots….” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 92.

“In any event, around 1900, a certain skepticism about the cult of Facts began to appear even in England.  “The English,” said [Oscar] Wilde, “are always degrading truths into facts.  When a truth becomes a fact it loses all of its intellectual value.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 101.

“…the movement of ideas prevailing among political and intellectual elites in a democracy may be in profound discord with the sentiments and opinions of large masses of people….” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 146.

“Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.” ― Proust; Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 1, page 941.

“To paraphrase Orwell, some theories are so absurd that only intellectuals can believe them.” ─ The End of the Experiment, The Rise of Cultural Elites and the Decline of America’s Civic Culture, Stanley Rothman, Copyright © 2016 by Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Page viii.

“Intellectuals remained for him one of the most suspicious phenomena of modern civilization: “Consciously or not, they dream of a world governed by pawns, because they themselves are pawns.”  They are full of theories they have come up with out of the blue, and they insist on looking at reality exclusively through these.” ― Bernanos: An Ecclesial Existence, by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, A Communio Book, © 1996 Ignatius Press, San Francisco, ISBN 0-89870-576-2, Page 38.

“For teachers who when they set about giving their lessons keep in view their own great superiority and not the capacity of their pupils, are simpletons, who are not aware how vast is the difference between a lesson and a display.” — Philo, Volume II, edited by Jeffrey Henderson, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 227), Page 411, year 2001.

There is a “…far more lethal form of narcissism dominates and leads the parade of self-regard that is destroying our culture, even gnawing away at the fabric of Western Civilization itself, which is on the verge of disintegration, excessive as that may sound.

That form is moral narcissism ̶ a pathology that underlies the whole liberal Left ethic today and some of the Right as well.” ̶ I Know Best, How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic, if it Hasn’t Already, Copyright © 2016 by Roger L. Simon, Encounter Books, New York – London, Page 9.

“Hollywood stars, media personalities, and many politicians are prototypes of this behavior, but we are all prey to it. Look behind almost every issue of our day ̶ climate, environment, energy, gun control, defense, foreign affairs, terrorism, education, income inequality, immigration, race (especially), women’s rights, gay rights, political correctness (the mother lode of moral narcissism), microagressions and trigger warnings (moral narcissism as modern day opera bouffe), media bias, cultural and entertainment bias, not to mention the very size and scope of government itself ̶ and you will find the profound influence of moral narcissism, almost always for the worse. It is the prime hidden motor for our society, pointing to our republic’s demise because it makes people blind to reality and democracy moot.”  ̶ I Know Best, How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic, if it Hasn’t Already, Copyright © 2016 by Roger L. Simon, Encounter Books, New York – London, Page 13.

““The ends justify the means” is almost the perfect catchphrase for moral narcissism.” .”  ̶ I Know Best, How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic, if it Hasn’t Already, Copyright © 2016 by Roger L. Simon, Encounter Books, New York – London, Page 15.

“…the new rights-based client groups that came of age with McGovernism looked to courts and bureaucracies to deliver their demands. They were, at times, defiantly anti-majoritarian. Abortion, racial quotas, and environmental overreach were delivered not primarily by presidential or congressional majorities but by class-action lawsuits and by the iron triangle of interest groups, congressional subcommittees, and the liberal media.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 172.

“H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw were among the liberal icons who petitioned for Sacco and Vanzetti’s release. One of the rare liberal dissenters from what soon became quasi-religious dogma was the revered Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who had been saved by postal inspectors from a bomb mailed to him. When liberals implored him to throw his judicial weight into halting the impending executions, Holmes commented tartly: “My prejudices are against the convictions … they are stronger still against the run of shriekers. The lovers of justice have emphasized their love by blowing up a building or two.” As for the intellectuals, their case “wasn’t a matter of reason but simply shrieking because the world is not the world they want ─ a trouble most of us feel in some way. The intellectuals, he concluded, “seem to have gotten hysterical and to have lost their sense of proportion.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 60.

“The disdain for Reagan freed liberals from the need to rethink their policies. Besides, Reagan’s victory, shock that it was, left the interest-group structure of congressional government intact. Intertwined with congressional committees and the media, liberal interest groups thrived by “parceling out to private parties the power to make public policy,” explained political scientist Theodore Lowi. Liberal interests never re-examined their assumptions, even when faced with social and political failure. They never asked why, despite the vast sums expended, poverty had become worse rather than better. Instead, they pointed to shards of success and, more significantly, in the hopes of maintaining their grip, redefined the problem. Great Society social programs originally designed to reduce if not eliminate poverty [among blacks] were now justified in terms of rights, racial justices, or diversity. And then there was fallback to the fallback: the insistence on good intentions rather than outcomes.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 160.


I Know Best

Scholar Stanley Rothman, 1927 - 2011

Scholar Stanley Rothman, 1927 – 2011

Fred Siegel

Fred Siegel

Fred Siegel's The Revolt Against the Masses

Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses

Dr. Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel

Georges Bernanos 1888 - 1948

Georges Bernanos
1888 – 1948

Dr. John Lukacs, Historian

Dr. John Lukacs, Historian

Philo, born ca. 20 B.C.

Philo, born ca. 20 B.C.

 

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