Sanity vs Depravity [Updated]


Because any educated imagination is willingly engaged with the (cough) “real world” — which is really only the awful place where awful things happen to people on the nausea-inducing assumption that it is necessary — it will also bear witness to a truly depraved mind.

Marc Thiessen was on Jon Stewart’s show last night.  Thiessen is a former Bush speech writer, a tireless apologist for torture, and now a “columnist” for the Washington Post, a once great newspaper being run into the fevered swamps of neoconservative paranoia by editor Fred Hiatt.  It is a stomach churning experience to listen to someone like Thiessen and to know he wields power and influence.  But it serves as a reminder of just how wretched a place such a world is — and why.  For the rest of us, it’s got to be about vigilance.  We can start by making a point of knowing what the rogues, the frauds, and the closet sadists are actually up to.

In Canada, the entire unedited interview can be seen here.  In the rest of the world, it can be seen here.

Update: From then-Vice President Henry A. Wallace on “American fascism” in 1942:

The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

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One thought on “Sanity vs Depravity [Updated]

  1. Clayton Chrusch

    It’s hard to find words for evil. I believe Frye references the old theological idea that evil is not itself real but rather the absence or negation of something real. I like this formulation because it cuts off any attempt to understand or come to terms with what is fundamentally unintelligible and instead throws our attention back where it belongs, on the positive good that it is our duty to hold to.

    One of the problems with the ideological perspective is that it views the desire for power as an explanation of what is wrong with society. Desire and power are both good things in themselves and in combination with each other. In a healthy society, people would want power and have it. When people want power and are thrown to the ground, something is wrong that cannot be explained in terms of the desire for power. It cannot be described in any positive terms, only in terms of the negation of the good, the negation of compassion, of knowledge, of wisdom, of responsibility, of mindfulness.


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