Thursday, December 15, 2005

Possible ALA Speaker

Instapundit quotes the following comments from one Professor Cary Tennis, who seems to be bidding for an invitation to speak at ALA's Annual Conference:

At a certain point in the near future, if the current oligarchy cannot be removed via the ballot, direct political action may become an urgent and compelling mission. It may then be necessary for many people in many walks of life to put their bodies on the line. For the moment, however, although pressing and profound questions have arisen about whether the current government is even legitimate, i.e., properly elected, there still remains a chance to remove this government peacefully in the 2008 election. (Or am I living in a dream world?)

I do think this regime's removal is the most urgent matter before the country today. . . . This is all terrible and rather fantastic to contemplate. But what assurances have we that it is not all quite plausible? Having discarded the principles that Jefferson & Co. espoused, the current regime seems capable of anything. I know that my imagination is a feverish instrument. But are we not living in feverish times, in times of the unthinkable?

Sadly, such "feverish" attitudes are all too common in the left-wing echo chamber of academia. I'm reminded of the famous quote from George Orwell:

One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.


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