I've seen Bill Whittle's name tossed about, and I've seen references to his site, but I'd never made a visit over before. It was my loss.
Wow. Just, wow. Imagine the intellectualism of Steven Den Beste, the prose of James Lileks, the thoroughness of the Volokhs, in a tasteful and thoughtful package, and you have his writing. It is awesome (not in the high-school surfer-dude fashion, but in the true, deep meaning of the word).
His current essay, "Magic", is something everyone should read. He discusses our willingness to believe things that we instinctually know cannot be true. He explains how propaganda masters such as Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore ply their trade, and exposes the truth behind how utterly wrong their central theses are. He briefly touches upon Election 2000, and notes how those who disagree with the result keep changing the target, and how these same people cheerlead for Kyoto without acknowledging that their baby is going to have very little effect on the Earth, and a whole hell of a lot on the economies of the developed world, especially the United States. He ties all of it together using science as the thread. I cannot possibly do justice to this piece, not in a short summation, nor in a lengthy dissertation.
If you have never read Bill Whittle's work before, do it now. You won't regret it.
posted on June 15, 2003 07:56 PM
Lileks is God, and Whittle sitteth at His right hand.
Or maybe it's the other way around. Sometimes it's damned hard to tell.