A Quicky Follow – Up to the last McArdle Post…on McArdle v. Palin
Much has been made of the bizarrely almost beautiful incomprehensibility of ex-Governor Palin’s farewell speech. There’s something of the same — without the beauty, in Megan McArdle’s praised (by Sullivan) attempt to justify her reflexive rejection of health care sector reform. Check out this paragraph and tell me if you can figure out what the hell she’s trying to say:
Why don’t you tell some person who has a terminal condition that sorry, we can’t afford to find a cure for their disease? There are no particularly happy choices here. The way I look at it, one hundred percent of the population is going to die of something that we can’t currently cure, but might in the future . . . plus the population of the rest of the world, plus every future generation. If you worry about global warming, you should worry at least as hard about medical innovation.
I mean, what?
I can’t even be sure that this wasn’t machine generated. Actually, that’s not a bad hypothesis; it would explain so much of the imperviousness of the Village chatterers to any real-world correction. If McArdle, and so many others were actually simply a piece of software churning out grammatically sound strings of characters, it would make so much of current discourse clear.
But hell, there probably is a carbon-based unit answering to McArdle behind this nonsense. Probably even has a photocopy of a birth certificate lying around some place. But I tell you, if this is what passes for the intellectual elite on the wrong side of this issue, we’re in more trouble than I thought — and I think we’re pretty damn deep in the big muddy as it stands.