Nick Cohen Asks The Question….

On the ‘polarising’ of political debate and the culpability of the Internet:

An urgent, if undiscussed, reform is for governments to legislate to stop Facebook and others using their algorithms to deliver news users want to hear, rather than need to hear. More important would be a cultural reaction against the impoverishment so many supporters of the populist movements exhibit. Their inability to argue, their denial of hard evidence, their certainties, and their fanatical denunciations of sellouts, traitors and apostates speak of men and women whose souls have withered along with their minds.

Ummm, isn’t this just a pretty good description of, well, the Left?

They should be made to face their own inadequacies, and asked politely but repeatedly: who wants to live their life with only the echo of their own voice for company?

Yes. Yes, it is. Maybe the CiF mods should have this tattooed on their eyeballs?

3 comments for “Nick Cohen Asks The Question….

  1. September 1, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    It’s uncanny how the left comes out with precisely the language we use – or rather the generalities. The hard data they avoid.

    They turn things like “their inability to argue, their denial of hard evidence”, which we’ve just shown them to have done, into a general statement and fling it at those who can argue and do base their posts on evidence, e.g. Watts Up, e.g. OoL, completely ignoring that evidence, which often took a lot of digging to get.

    Then, pretending they are rational, they resort to their tricks and dishonesty – climate change alteration of data for example. I do not wish to deal with these people, they make me angry with their unprincipled behaviour, which they smugly think is oh so clever.

    They’re not interested in real evidence, only in the high moral ground which they seize by assertion, not based on sound argument, backed by high emotion. Clinton is a perfect example. ‘Yes we can,’ a meaningless statement, is another.

    They make me sick.

  2. Errol
    September 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    i’ve a horrible feeling he means the Right, especially over the beloved Left wing nonsense of ‘climate change’. They don’t like being challenged and attack people who think differently to them.

    • September 2, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Yes, essentially here in Julia’s post and in the quotes and comments, that’s the issue – climate change.

      To say: ‘The Science is settled’ is wrong on many levels.

      First, using ‘the’ in that way, formalizing the Dogma and telling people to believe it or they’re excommunicated and are going to be incarcerated or fined too – at a minimum it is bullying, at worst it is Nineteen Eighty-Four.

      But we know all this.

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