BEN WEINGARTEN

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Does the Arc of History Bend Towards Tyranny? An Excerpt from Michael Walsh’s ‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace.’

Michael Walsh’s new book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace is pivotal in its explication of how poor and purely evil ideas have subverted America, and eaten away at the pillars of Western civilization.

While we often hear the refrain “ideas have consequences,” too frequently we attribute the decline of the American system to politics or particular political figures, while giving the power of ideas short thrift.

The Devil's Pleasure Palace

But as Walsh’s important work illustrates, ideas are everything, and if you lose the war of them you lose all of the other battles too.

One such idea that has trumped to date deals with “History” — which you would not dare be on the wrong side of — as if some metaphysical Berlin Wall.

Here is what Walsh has to say on the matter:

Progressives like to throw around the phrases “the arc of history” and “the wrong side of history.” Martin Luther King Jr., quoting the abolitionist Theodore Parker, formulated it this way: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” But when you stop to think about this, it’s simply a wishful assertion with no particular historical evidence to back it up. Such sloganeering emerges naturally from the Hegelian-Marxist conception of capital-H History. The only teleology they can allow has to do with abstract, ostensibly “moral” pronouncements of a chimerical, ever-receding horizon of perfect “justice.” The moral universe must not and will not ever admit of amelioration in our lifetimes, or indeed any lifetimes, they insist. It is a Faustian quest, at once admirable and yet a fool’s errand; no means will ever suffice to achieve the end.

Isn’t it interesting that there can be some form of moral judgment in a morally relativistic, largely if not entirely amoral secular progressive system?

Walsh has some questions for the arc-ists too:

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What Happens When We Coexist Instead of Assimilate? An Answer From California.

“You can’t have a court hearing without having your client understand it correctly,” said Protima Pandey, a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid.

I wholeheartedly agree.

But the answer for Californians it turns out is to provide “free” interpretation services for litigants in all cases both criminal and civil by 2017.

Despite being gratis, it will actually cost California taxpayers more than the $92 million currently appropriated for administering its court interpreter program.

Naturally, as noted in the Associated Press article about this policy, California is extending services under pressure from that great purveyor of justice during the Obama era, the DOJ.

Merits and particulars of the policy aside, it is important to note that a common language is essential to a cohesive nation.

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Economist Walter E. Williams Discusses America’s Contempt for Liberty

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End of Discussion: Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson on Totalitarian Speech Enforcers in America

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¡Adios, America!: An Interview With Ann Coulter on Our Nation’s Immigration Insanity and 2016

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Former Fed Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy on Islam and Free Speech, the Patriot Act and Foreign Policy

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A Conversation with Dennis Prager on the Ten Commandments and the Fate of the West

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Charles C.W. Cooke’s Conservatarian Manifesto

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A Conversation With Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny on Youth Coaching, Faith and the “Cardinal Way”

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The Chaos of Liberal Compassion: William Voegeli on “The Pity Party”

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