Friday, May 27, 2016

The Birth of the Asylum

Another pertinent excerpt from The Authenticity Hoax:

Arthur and I have an inside joke where, when commiserating over all the madness of society, we periodically shake our fists at the heavens while growling, "Jean-Jacques!" This developed out of our discovery that quite a few things that we consider unfortunate about our culture can be fairly traced back to the demented scribblings of that deranged lunatic. Like I said recently, it's interesting to note how so many of the intellectual contests in our day and age are taking place on a playing field whose boundaries were painted by Burke and Rousseau almost two and a half centuries ago. Here, we can clearly see the philosophical origins of today's postmodern insanity, where passionate feelings count as irrefutable evidence.