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Still Digging After All These Years

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We still hear the root causes nonsense from time to time, and Ilana Mercer explains the present form quite neatly:

Root causes are the rationalizations liberals give — usually after the fact — for their immoral actions or for the immoral actions of others. The paradox at the heart of the root-causes fraud is that causal theoretical explanations are invoked only after bad deeds have been committed. Good deeds have no need of mitigating circumstances.

Thus liberals find no need to explain why Bill Gates behaves benevolently, but somehow, they require a theory to explain why Montgomery, after a good deal of premeditated scheming, gained access to the Missouri home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, strangled her, sliced open her abdomen, and then made away with her child, later passing the girl off as her own.

In the months to come, you’ll see the dog-and-pony psychiatric show and its media claque pose such questions as: “What drove Lisa Montgomery to mug, murder, and mutilate Bobbie Jo Stinnett.” That’s because, after people perpetrate evil, liberals toss free will to the wind. Since Montgomery did a monstrous thing, liberals attribute her actions to causes. You see, to perpetrate evil, one must be “mentally ill.” Since Bill Gates does good things, those of a liberal mindset attribute his actions to choice. They acknowledge free will and human agency if — and only if — adaptive actions are involved.

It ought to be shocking that free will plays so small a part in the calculations of those who most fervently advocate the ‘downtrodden,’ but of course, it is not. The bigotry of low expectations is not a concept self-styled ‘progessives’ are apt to grasp, especially when the very diagnosis eliminates the option of self-actualization on the part of the ‘downtrodden.’ The explanation is all that’s required – that it contains the seeds of its own failure is irrelevant.

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Written by martinipundit

December 31, 2004 at 12:51 pm

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