Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kevin Williamson has a very long essay touching on many aspects of society and culture, as well as those who consider it their job to micromanage both. He discusses crime, abortion, family disintegration, and the illusion that these are controllable vectors. In discussing the Democratic party as "an advertising agency for central planning", Williamson makes this observation which I find interesting:

The shallowness of this project is readily apparent when one considers specific cases - e.g., efforts to ban so-called conversion therapy for homosexuals. Some men and women with same-sex attractions are troubled by them and wish to be rid of them, and various techniques and programs have been developed to assist them in that effort. Critics point out that these programs are frequently pseudoscientific, often pure hokum, and show little evidence of leaving patients better off than they were before. This is broadly true. But of course that is not what the fight is about. Alcoholics Anonymous is based on hokum and shows very little evidence of successfully treating people for addiction, but we remand people to its care, sometimes as a matter of law, with very little concern for any of that. Any number of objectively pseudoscientific therapies - acupuncture, chiropractic, herbalism - are eligible for federal subsidies under the so-called Affordable Care Act; despite my best efforts to bring attention to that issue, no one is much interested in that. There is no evidence supporting the efficacy of Head Start, yoga, or the USDA's dietary recommendations, either. But all three are federally blessed and federally subsidized. Yes, that includes the yoga.

But it is a crime in California to offer gay-conversion counseling to people who want it. Apparently, what goes on between consenting adults is the government's business after all.

Interesting the way things the left want to ban are often intellectually indistinguishable from those they demand to subsidize.


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