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06/12/2006 Entry: "The neocon creed and what we're really up against"

"There have always been those who deluded themselves into thinking that they were akin to gods who are entitled to rule over ordinary mortals. But no one has described this mentality more brilliantly than Dostoevsky, when he created the figure of the Grand Inquisitor. In his short story of the same title, Dostoevsky imagined that Jesus has returned to face a decadent and corrupt Church. As head of the Church, the Grand Inquisitor condemns Jesus to death, but not before having a long and interesting conversation with the condemned man. Jesus naively clings to the belief that what man needs above all else is freedom from the oppressive yoke of the Mosaic law, so that he can choose between good and evil freely according to the dictates of his conscience. But the Inquisitor explains to him that truth and freedom are the sources of humanity's greatest anguish and that people will never be free because 'they are weak, vicious, worthless, and rebellious.' He declares that people can be happy only if they surrender their freedom and bow before miracle, mystery, and authority. Only then can people live and die peacefully, 'and beyond the grave, they will find nothing but death. But we shall keep the secret, and for their happiness we shall allure them with the reward of heaven and eternity.' The Inquisitor explains that the 'deception will be our suffering, for we shall be forced to lie.' But in the end, 'they will marvel at us and look on us as gods.'"
Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor, by Shadia B. Drury, Council for Secular Humanism, vol 26

So, tell me again, how is it our democracy ended up being run by people this nutty?

And is there a cure?

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