Question from before: why do so many people on the right favor freedom of the institution over the individual: nay, let us rephrase it thus: why do these yutzes confuse the two?

Rather than re-invent the wheel, I commend to you a book by Robert Altemeyer entitled “The Authoritarians”  (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1971601.The_Authoritarians ). This scholarly Canuck conducted some research on the types of people who hold fast to the rather confusing notion that individuals can best gain freedom by giving up their rights as individuals. (Yes, Virginia, one whole helluva lot of people actually DO believe it. Scary, but there you are.)

My favorite bit was when a group of Fundagelicals was presented with the four different resurrection accounts from the four Gospels in the New Testament. The accounts tell the story in different ways, and not all of them line up with each other. When the study participants were asked for the best explanation for the differences, the most common response from people with high Fundamentalist scores was that there were no inconsistencies.  Never mind the fact that there were, in fact, inconsistencies.  (Those who haven’t studied the bible can find a list of the differences and non-differences here: http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/charts/resurrection_accounts.htm ). Nor should the religious feel slighted: Marxism is likewise treated, and its adherents look every bit as irrational as the religious folk.

The point? You cannot dispel belief with facts. This is the error that Lefties make, time and again, in their rather charming hope that correctness will somehow dispel the fog that the Right has used to hoodwink the populace. Once people decide to cede their critical faculties to a powerful agency and let that agency think for them, you are wasting your time reasoning with them. Rather, one must either correct the agency, or devise another to slowly wean the fools off the teat of irrational belief from which they suckle, and re-develop their ability to think for themselves. Or, better yet, get more rational people involved in society, and by so doing out-vote the idiots.

(Full disclosure: Mr. B & C is a nominal Presbyterian who was made to study the aforementioned inconsistencies in Confirmation Class as a wee nipper, and came to this conclusion: when you wait four hundred years to write something down, and a whole raft of people write down the oral history separately, one should count one’s self lucky that the stories agree on ANYTHING. The differences ARE THERE, and denying them would be stupid. Caring about them, well, Mr. B & C really doesn’t much. We have a world around us with many more pressing problems than re-doing fifth-century proofreading tasks.)

Next time: Mr. B & C Breaks down health care finance, and makes it easy to suss. Tell Fat Tony to read that post if he’s too lazy to read the actual bill he’s supposed to rule on.