What can be done when a form of mass insanity has become the new signal of virtue? When to oppose is to be evil, because that which deserves opposing has defined itself as the charitable and fair?
The depth of a society’s collective delusions can be measured by the intensity of vitriol in their response to uttered truth.
Political rhetoric and the Scientific method are not complementary or compatible. The two will oppose one another until one is destroyed, this war being decided by each side’s chosen weapon; for the former, coercive force and governmental growth. For the latter, technological innovation.
But technology only transforms our society to the degree in which it is adopted and allowed to function, whilst the state’s coercive power by definition affects even those who do not wish to be controlled.
The political evil we face today has a new face. It bears very little surface resemblance to that of the Middle Age’s feudal lords or the 20th Century’s despots. The greatest threats to Western Civilization can be seen on every street, in every University, and they believe themselves to be forward thinking, progressive, and subversive in the face of an oppressive and old fashioned value system.
But resentment and self-importance make despots of us all. No one is so capable of evil as the person who believes themselves a saint.