I’m going to start pointing out individuals to be cautious of. Unless explicitly stated, posts of this nature are not meant to be taken as a blanket “this guy’s an idiot”. These posts are meant to be a general “proceed with caution” because the individuals I will be pointing out are basing their conclusions on false fundamentals.
I pick Cornel West simply because Ben Sima recently linked to him (link).
From the video…
27 seconds in: “Democracy is all about public discussion.”
The American States voluntarily formed a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Lynch mobs are democracy taken to the full extent. I suspect Cornel thinks of people in terms of groups, i.e., he’s a collectivist. Implication by this statement is that if there is enough “discussion”, we will end up with the correct conclusions for and about government. Does not recognize democracy’s only useful place in government: for things that are optional and non-life threatening.
Does not recognize that truth and reality exist independent of how well any individual discusses any particular topic, how many people argue for or against a certain point, and how many people wish/want/desire something to happen.
40 seconds in: “I think Peter would agree that there are human values that are not reducible to market price… social justice…”
This is the hall mark of an individual who is disconnected from reality and believes contradictions can exist in reality. The essence of “human values that are not reducible to market price” is that man is a slave to his brothers. That unalienable rights are contextual, situational, and only proper when it is convenient for them to be practiced. A “human value”, irreducible to a medium of exchange, and in the sense that he used it, directly implies a value that must be provided for by force.
Ie, by slavery. Tragically/depressingly ironic given his ethnicity.
“Social justice” is a dead give away of his accepted, underlying basic premises.
3 minutes 26 seconds in: “… the free-market tyranny”
Forget philosophy for a second, examine the sentence structure alone.
Free —> market —> tyranny
This is laughingly contradictory. A free market is by definition the diametric opposite of tyranny. Tyranny is force and fraud applied to human relationships. A free market requires the removal of and protection from force and fraud: from foreign governments, individuals, groups, etc.
There is no such thing as “free market tyranny”, the same way there is no such thing as Santa Claus and a round square.
These are just some basic excerpts from the video. Feel free to watch it in full and pick out the ideas that are clearly nonsense. Or watch Peter, whose thinking is clear, confident, and reality based, pick him apart.
In all cases, the fact that Cornel believes contradictions can exist in reality — which is synonymous with believing “necessary evils” can exist — is so fundamentally “off”, it should give everyone serious pause when listening to anything this guy has to say. This is not a small detail. This conviction permeates his entire life.
— Anthony Dream Johnson