Revolutions and Irrationality

“Can you imagine scrolling past hundred and thousands of black Christians saying the same thing to find one or two black Chrsitian who say what you want to hear the way you want to hear it and thinking, ‘finally somebody gets it?’ We are not a monolith, but consensus matters.”

Dr. Esau McCauley — African-American
Assistant Professor NT Theology — Wheaton College

Can you imagine a putatively educated man arguing that we arrive at truth by counting noses? I mean, that is what consensus means. Consensus means that 50% + 1 = truth. By McCauley’s reasoning the consensus of the Jewish leadership proves authoritatively that Jesus was correctly crucified. By this reasoning the consensus of the English crown that the Americas must be forced to take slaves was correct. By this reasoning the consensus that the North was right for invading, raping, and pillaging the South was correct. By this reasoning the consensus among Revolutionaries that Lenin should come power was correct.

I have seldom come across a more stupid line of reasoning than Dr. McCauley’s that blacks like him should be listened to on their racial views simply because they are part of the black consensus that whitey is an evil racist.

Note, that McCauley’s lack of wisdom must be laid at the feet of Joel McDurmon likewise since McDurmon was supporting this “reasoning” on his social media platform.

Which brings me to a integrally related point and that is the use of irrationality as a motivating means for Revolution.

Marxist Revolutions are never logical or rational. Logic and rationality will never provide impetus to overthrow “the Man.” Marxist Revolutions are characterized by Alinskyite hackneyed mottos like “Forward,” and “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity,” and, “As He died to make men Holy let us die to make men Free,” and “Eat the Rich,” and “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer,” and “All Power to the Soviets.”

These memes/mottos if considered in light of cold logic express the height of torpidity. For example; Forward to where? How can men who are kept equal ever have liberty? Christ didn’t have to kill anybody to make men Holy. How does envy fill my stomach? Being united in wickedness is not a plus. If I give all power to the Soviets what power do I retain?

Still, there can be no doubt that any Revolution will lose its steam if it tries to rationally explain itself. Instead it goes for the knee jerk emotions that the simpletons, who are always the vast majority in any nation, can thrive on. The last thing that Revolutionaries want is for people to actually pause to think about what is happening.

And so we get the most asinine reasoning on all kinds of fronts because only asinine reasoning need apply to keep the rank and file continuing with their long march through the institutions. Here is another one I saw this morning.

Conservatives a month ago: “Why should we listen to the government and stay home? You are all sheep. This is a free country.”

Conservatives today: “If you just follow the Government mandated curfew, the paramilitary police storm troopers won’t shoot you in the face. It’s simple.”

“Ummm … Except a month ago criminals weren’t trying to burn my house down and do me bodily harm.”

The instinct is to ask the creator of the above meme, “Have you ever heard of the idea that there might be a time when the Government is not doing its job by illegally requiring law abiding citizens to stay inside while also there are times when the Government is doing is its job by legally catching the criminal class?”

The thinking man must reconcile himself with this absolute full throated irrationality. The thinking man has to realize that it will do little good to demand that people be rational in times of Revolution. We are in this position in Revolutionary America we are in precisely because irrationality is what is called for in this season.

So, the thinking man who is a counter-revolutionary must embrace the opposite irrationality of the irrationality of the revolutionary. The thinking man must use mottos and themes that he himself knows are irrational as a means of animating his supporters to stop the supporters of irrational revolutionary.

When the SHTF the last thing anybody wants to appeal to is rationality.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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