Rally round the ideology, boys

It is easier to rally a band of Visigoths, Arabs or Ivyleaguers with a streamlined creed that fits neatly on a banner. In politics as well, coherent philosophy frequently loses out in the short run to ideology – that is, a half-baked idea holding a fully loaded pistol.

—John Zmirak

(Hat tip to Margot St. Aubin.)


  1. Particularly considering that one of the hallmarks of coherent philosophy is its ever-growing reluctance to shoot anybody out of hand.

  2. ‘Occupy Wallstreet’

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