“The snooty point of it all is that to most of the intellectuals who have entered politics, Americans are a rather dumb lot who, without the help of the elite, would squander their resources, wreck their families, litter the streets, be impolite to their neighbors, lynch everyone is sight, burn the books, break the violins, sack the museums, spit on the pavement, smell, eat garlic, drink beer, belch in public, be unkind to dogs, use abstract paintings as designs in their kitchen linoleum, watch baseball, go to movies with happy endings, scratch themselves, dress unstylishly, and otherwise be helpless clods.
I have found little difference in this attitude between intellectuals who call themselves conservative and those who call themselves liberal. On the other hand, it is not true that all intellectuals feel this way. On the contrary, the people who have most effectively criticized such intellectuals are, not surprisingly, other intellectuals who, although they work with their heads instead of their hands, understand that they are working, that they have a lot in common with, and are not superior to or separate from, people who do other kinds of work. A physicist or a historian is, of course, more likely to be a better physicist or historian than a welder but that may be precisely where the ‘better’ argument starts and should stop– not forgetting that the welder may be a better welder and that, very probably, they’ll all be quite equal in virtually every other skill of living, honesty, decency, regard for others, and so forth.”
Karl Hess in Dear America, 1975, p114-115
Often when we in the evangelical and orthodox circles talk about the purpose of man, we quote from the first answer of the Westminster Catechism: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God.” And often the sentence is ended there. This completely changes our Reformation forefathers’ understanding of the Scriptures. If you are going to give the complete biblical answer, you must finish their sentence: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” That changes the whole view of life.
Francis Schaeffer in Death in the City, Crossway Books, p41
The Motorhome Diaries project has just posted an interview on Christianity & Liberty with Norman Horn who runs LibertarianChristians.com.
The Associated Press is reporting that Top House and Senate Democrats are at a tentative agreement for a war funding bill of almost $100 billion. Among other things, it includes about $5 billion for the IMF and also eight huge C-17 cargo jets. Funds to carry out the closure of the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay are absent.
Several issues of Murray Rothbard’s The Libertarian publication contained a piece called “The Schaffer Dictionary”. In it, Butler Schaffer would list a few humorous definitions of some words pertaining to liberty, politics, etc.
Here are a few good ones from Volume II, NOS. 22-23 (1970):
EDUCATION: the method I use to promote my ideas.
PROPAGANDA: the method you use to promote your ideas.
DO-GOODER: one who has demonstrated total incompetence at handling his own affairs, and who seeks to make this talent available to others.
POLITICIAN: one who, recognizing the value of truth and reason, seeks to preserve the same by economizing their use.