I am reading Brave New World Revisited, by Aldous Huxley, and on Page 32 there is a passage that is especially appropriate in regard to the Christian Right, and our current national malaise:
Propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with enlightened self-interest appeals to reason by means of logical arguments based on the best available evidence fully and honestly set forth. Propaganda in favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by cunningly associating the lowest passions with the highest ideals, so that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of religious principal and patriotic duty."
This was first published in 1958, but it is painfully apt in regard to the United States today.
Carson City, NV
May 27 2007 - 12:01am